The Book of Jeremiah chapters 30-47

Jeremiah 31

Jer 30:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer 30:2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. God telling Jeremiah to write down everything He says in this book of Jeremiah. (Written before the deportation).

Jer 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. God would restore Israel as well as Judah. (Hebrews 8:8).

Jer 30:4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. The house of Judah and Israel are separate here. (Isaiah was written to the house of Judah, and the book of Jeremiah is written to the house of Israel).

Jer 30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Future prophecy of tribulation here. (Luke 21:25-26).

Jer 30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? The coming of a new age at the return of Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. The coming tribulation of the end times. Time of trouble for Gods people Israel. Reference to Matthew 24 and Mark 13. (Generation of the fig tree).

Jer 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: Reference to the end time when the king of Babylon (the yoke of the antichrist), will be destroyed. 

Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Future prophecy speaking of the Messiah who would be raised up for them. (Hosea 3:5, Luke 1:69, Acts 2:30).

Jer 30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. Jacob is the father of all twelve tribes. (We are speaking of the restoration of both houses).

Jer 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. Even though God would destroy the other nations He would not wipe out Israel. Discipline (Time of Jacobs trouble), is taking place now for all true believers. (Amos 9:8-9, Romans 11:5-7).

Jer 30:12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. Spiritual wounds of sin.

Jer 30:13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. Spiritually speaking, no one can heal your wounds except Christ. (1 Peter 2:24).

Jer 30:14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased. All those who you thought cared about you are gone. You bring this on yourselves with sin and the guilt you have from believing false teachings and traditions of men. What did God say to Jeremiah? Write these things in the book for the people to learn the truth. Listen to God's word (all of it), not man.  

Jer 30:15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee. Punishment had come because their sin was great. Sin is what causes the incurable wounds (Spiritually speaking). You can't cure it, you can't wash it away, and no man can forgive it. Only God can take away sin. So, don't confess your sins to some man, go right to the source and confess your sins to God. If you don't you will die with your sin. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23).

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. Whatever one does to God's children will be done to them. i.e. If you mess with God's elect, you are in trouble. (Revelation 13:10).  

Jer 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. God would bring a healing back Jerusalem. 

Jer 30:18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. In the end times, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on it's ruins. (Zechariah 1:16).

Jer 30:19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Them: The restored cities and palaces. 

Jer 30:20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. Established as a nation before God. "He will punish anyone who hurts them." Look at the nations today that want to come against Israel and destroy them. "America better stay on the side of Israel, or we are going to be in trouble."

Jer 30:21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. Who are those who can approach the Lord. (Ezekiel 44:15-16, the Zadok, Revelation 20:4).

Jer 30:22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 

Jer 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. "No rest for the wicked." Who are the wicked? The lawless ones. Those who follow the ways of the world and the devil.

Jer 30:24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. The latter days: Reference to (Genesis 49:1). The times of tribulation is coming upon us now. We are in the latter days now, so you better consider and understand what is going on. (Daniel 10:14, Hosea 3:5, Micah 4:1).

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Jeremiah 31

Jer 31:1 At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Uniting of all the tribes in the end times. (Romans 11:26).

Jer 31:2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. Reference to Israel escaping their bondage of Egypt. Those who survived found grace. Same will happen in the end times. Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings in the land.  

Jer 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Speaking of the covenant God has made with His people. That covenant carry’s on to this day.

Jer 31:4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. Virgin Israel: Condition for a specific group. Those who spiritually stay true to the Heavenly Father. (Revelation 19:1-8), Gods elect.

Jer 31:5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. Mountains of Samaria: Called the West Bank today. Eat them as common things: Reference to (Leviticus 19:23-25). 

Jer 31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. Ephraim is one of the ten northern tribes, also represents the entire northern kingdom. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel. (Hosea 1:11). The people of Judah and Israel will unite together. They will choose one leader for themselves, and they will return from exile together. "Referring to the future conversion and restoration of the Jews and Israelites, under one head, Jesus Christ; so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd. (Ezekiel 34:23-24).

Jer 31:7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Jacob: The frequent use of "Jacob" in these chapters is referring to the natural seed. Remnant: Those who bring forth that truth to the very end. (Zephaniah 3:13, Romans 9:27).

Jer 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. Speaking of the ten lost tribes. Many who were deceived by Satan. However, they will be taught in the millennium.

Jer 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Ephraim is My firstborn: Reference to (Exodus 4:22). Again, Ephraim (of the part), for all the ten tribes of Israel. God letting them know that one day He would restore the nation.

Jer 31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. Jesus Christ is our shepherd. (John 11:52).

Jer 31:11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. We are all ransomed on the cross by Jesus Christ.

Jer 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. All their sorrows will be gone because they will have the spirit of truth in their hearts. (Revelation 7:17, 21:4).

Jer 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. All their mourning will be turned to joy and God will comfort them. (John 16:22).

Jer 31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. The priests, pastors, and teachers will have the truth in their minds and hearts to teach people.

Jer 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Rama is very near Bethlehem. Rachel (one of the mothers of Israel), weeping for her children now because they do not know who they are. (The ten lost tribes).

Jer 31:16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. Don't weep any longer, for I will reward you and your children will come back to you.

Jer 31:17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. All the children will come back to their own lands in the end times. All people will return to their own lands in the end times.

Jer 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. Ephraim: The ten lost tribes of Israel.

Jer 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. Ephraim, turned away from God and was deceived. Ashamed because of false teachings and idol worship. (God guides them back to truth). 

Jer 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD. God crying out to Ephraim. He longs for the day when they will repent and come to the truth, and He will have mercy on them. (Hosea 14:4).

Jer 31:21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. Setting up landmarks to find their way back home. How do we set up our landmarks? With the word of God (marking your way with scripture). This country we call the USA is wondering off itself and needs to get back on track. "God is not real happy with us right now." We need to get back to the bible and quit taking God's ways out of everything we do.

Jer 31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man. How long will you wonder? "The Lord will cause a new thing to happen." Israel "the bride," will seek out and embrace her God. i.e. the bride will seek out the husband which is Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:21).

Jer 31:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness. Mountain of holiness: Mount Zion (Zechariah 8:3). God's favorite place, the same mountain that Jacob was going to sacrifice Isaac but was stopped by God. He gave Jacob the lamb to sacrifice instead of Isaac. God gave us the "Lamb of God," Jesus Christ for our sacrifice.

Jer 31:24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks. The people will live in peace together and be fed the truth by the shepherds. The head shepherd will be Jesus Christ. (Zechariah 8:4-8). 

Jer 31:25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. "Rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing." Christ can give you that rest right now. (Matthew 11:28).

Jer 31:26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. Sometimes we have bad dreams, but when God is involved we have beautiful dreams and peace of mind like Jeremiah's dream.

Jer 31:27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. Here we will have the union of two separate houses in the millennium. Note that Israel is always named first, because it was the name of the whole nation.

Jer 31:28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD. No more destruction, but in the future, God will build it up. (Psalm 102:16, Amos 9:11, Acts 15:16).

Jer 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. i.e. Everyone answers for their own doings. (Salvation is an individual thing between you and God).

Jer 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Everyone brings on their own troubles. Don't always blame God for your misfortunes. (This is why you should not listen to man, but rather God's word). Man will always lead you the wrong way. Don't be deceived. (Galatians 6:7-8). 

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Note the two houses are still separate. But there will be a new covenant when they are joined together again. The new covenant for all people will be with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 14:24).

Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: Not like the old covenant when God brought the ancestors out of the land of Egypt. (Hebrews 8:9). They broke that covenant and God wrote them a bill of divorcement. (Jeremiah 3:8).  

Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Gods instructions will be put deep within them (in their minds).

Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Those who believe and repent will all come to the knowledge of knowing the Lord. Read our newsletter study topic titled "All To Remembrance." 

Jer 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: The creator of all things.

Jer 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. If the law of nature ceases to be, I will change it, but it won’t. God always keeps His promises.

Jer 31:37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. Just as you cannot measure the heavens, or the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, I will not consider casting them away for the evil they have done. God will never give up on Israel. (Romans 11:26-29).

Jer 31:38 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. Speaking of Jerusalem here. I will rebuild it from the north east corner to the north west corner.

Jer 31:39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath. A measuring line from one end to the other. (Zechariah 2:1-2).

Jer 31:40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever. The restoration of Gods house and His people forever. It will happen at the return of Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 32

Jer 32:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. This chapter describes the incidents two years preceding the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.

Jer 32:2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house. Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonian army, and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the royal palace by the king of Judah.

Jer 32:3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; Zedekiah (king of Judah), was the one who imprisoned Jeremiah because of his prophecy from the Lord. The prophecy was that the Lord would hand over this city (Jerusalem), over to the king of Babylon. The king of Babylon of the end time (anti-Christ), will also take over Jerusalem. "It will happen just as it is written."

Jer 32:4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes; Zedekiah will be captured and taken to meet the king of Babylon face to face. (God's elect will face the same thing in the end times when they are delivered up before the antichrist).

Jer 32:5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper. Jeremiah giving the message that king Zedekiah will be taken Babylon and the Lord would deal with him there.

Jer 32:6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 

Jer 32:7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it. Right of the kinsmen redeemer.

Jer 32:8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD. That this was: That it was by His appointment that I was to make this purchase; the whole of which was designed as a symbolical act, to shew the people, that although Judah and Jerusalem should be desolated, and the inhabitants carried captive to Babylon, yet there should be a restoration, when lands and possessions should be again enjoyed by their legal owners, in the same manner as formerly. During the famine that prevailed in the city, Hanameel probably wanted money to purchase bread, and his field would not be thought of much value in such circumstances, which may account for the stipulated sum being so very small. (i.e. a worthless piece of property). Hmmm, why was he trying to sell a worthless piece of property to his cousin. Was he led by the Lord? God always has a reason for what he makes happen.

Jer 32:9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. About seven ounces of silver.

Jer 32:10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances. Everything done in order. 

Jer 32:11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open: Two copies of the deed. (According to the law).

Jer 32:12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison. Buruch was Jeremiah's secretary. (Jeremiah 36:4-5).

Jer 32:13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying, 

Jer 32:14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days. The sealed deed and the unsealed copy was put in the pottery jar to preserve them for a long time. (Until the Lord returns in the end time).

Jer 32:15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land. This was to represent that the land would be given back, and in the end times, the Jews would be living in the land of Israel. (Amos 9:14-15, Zechariah 3:10).

Jer 32:16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying, 

Jer 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Nothing is to hard for the Lord. (Acts 15:18).

Jer 32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name, 

Jer 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: God has all wisdom and can do all things. 

Jer 32:20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day; Look at all the miracles that God has performed throughout the world. (Acts 7:36).

Jer 32:21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror; 

Jer 32:22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; Remember the bottle buried, sealed and hidden in verse 14. (Know only by our Heavenly Father and preserved for the end times).

Jer 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them: This evil: The king of Babylon is coming! (Daniel 9:12).

Jer 32:24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, thou seest it. The mounts were huge terraces raised up to plant their engines on; and so formed as to be capable of being moved forwards towards the city. Famine and pestilence: All those plagues then and in the end times.

Jer 32:25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. Handed over to the Babylonians, but will be reserved for future restoration. God has his reasons. (Romans 11:33-34).

Jer 32:26 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 

Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Nothing to hard for the Lord. (Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 19:26).

Jer 32:28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it: It is going to come to pass here and in the future. (II Thessalonians 2), the king of Babylon of the end times (the antichrist), comes first, before the return of the true Christ.  

Jer 32:29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger. Destroyed by fire because of their idol worship.

Jer 32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD. God is not real happy with His children because of their evil deeds. God is not happy with the world today, especially with the United States who is supposed to be the super power of the world and set the example. Instead, evil is growing throughout the country and the people are taking God out of everything. "God is not happy with us." Just look around and see what is going on across the country.

Jer 32:31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face, It will hurt God to do this, but He will do this.

Jer 32:32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. God has had enough, the sins of the people has really stirred up His anger. As for the prophets, priests and teachers that lead the people astray, I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. (Micah 3:1-5, Zephaniah 3:1-4).

Jer 32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. The people are turning their backs on God. They refuse to listen to the truth of the word. (Zechariah 7:11). 

Jer 32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. Right in the middle of the house of God. They will do this in the end time also. "Their doing it now."

Jer 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. These people have done horrible things, even as far as to sacrifice their own sons and daughters. But, don't stop here; look at the terrible things going on around the world today. This is not God's doings, but from the growing evil straight from the devil himself. 

Jer 32:36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; It will happen.

Jer 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: The requirement for this is to ask for forgiveness. To repent! (This is for the children of God). Those who truly follow Him. They will dwell safely, "this will be God's doings."

Jer 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: We will be His people and He will be our God. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. (Hebrews 8:10). This is the new covenant with the people says the Lord! "I will put My laws in their minds and in their hearts, and will be their God and they will be My people." 

Jer 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: One heart and one purpose to serve the living God. One way: Only Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6).

Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Everlasting covenant: The "new covenant" through Jesus Christ. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant. (Hebrews 13:20). It was God who brought Jesus back from the dead, "the great Shepherd of the sheep," who shed His blood of the everlasting covenant. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28). The blood and sealing of the new covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of multitudes. The old covenant, and all blood ordinances nailed to the cross at the crucifixion. (Exodus 24:8, Hebrews 10, Hosea 6:6), All God desires is your love.

Jer 32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. God finds Joy in this and pours out His whole heart for the people.

Jer 32:42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. Just as I am bringing the king of Babylon in (Nebuchadnezzar), I will do all the good I have promised. Same for the end times when He brings in the antichrist, at the end of the tribulation and when antichrist is put down, all the good God has promised will take place.

Jer 32:43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. The land taken by the Chaldeans will all go back to the rightful owners.

Jer 32:44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD. The land will be bought back. The deeds will be signed. He will restore prosperity to them.

Jeremiah 33

Jer 33:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying, This was the eleventh year of Zedekiah, Jeremiah being still shut up in prison; but he was now in the court of the prison, where the elders and the king's officers might consult him with the greater ease.

Jer 33:2 Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; LORD is His name: YAHVEH (The Lord's real name). The maker thereof: The doer. i.e. the accomplisher of His word.

Jer 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. God will give Jeremiah (as well as us), prophecy's and remarkable secrets about things to come. (Amos 3:7, Matthew 13:35, 1 Corinthians 2:7-11, Revelation 2:17).

Jer 33:4 For thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword; i.e. demolished to serve as a fence against the mounts and the sword from the king of Babylon.

Jer 33:5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city. God has abandoned them because they go against God’s will. (Just as many do today). Why? They are spiritually dead. (Still being taught like children). "Stick with Sunday school teachings and you will never learn the truth."

Jer 33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. God will be there for them "if they repent and do things His way."

Jer 33:7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first. God will restore them like in the beginning.

Jer 33:8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. They need to repent and be cleansed by the Heavenly Father. (The foundation of all the blessings).

Jer 33:9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. Speaking of Jerusalem, God's favorite place. (The peace He brings will be seen throughout the world).

Jer 33:10 Thus saith the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, Ye say: Jeremiah has been saying this all along.

Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. Singing Israel's worship song of joy. The bridegroom is Christ, and The bride is God’s election. (Followers of Jesus Christ).

Jer 33:12 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. A picture of peace and safety where the truth will be taught.

Jer 33:13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the LORD. The shepherd's will number their flocks and the sheep will follow them and lead them to the truth. 

Jer 33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. God always keeps His word.

Jer 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. The branch is Christ. Talking of the second advent. (Jeremiah 23:5-6, Isaiah 11:1-5), The Lord our Righteousness.

Jer 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. New name for Jerusalem: YAHVEH Tsedeq. 

Jer 33:17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; The line of King David would carry on forever. (The stone of scone that sits under the coronation chair in Europe). The same place where the coronation of King James took place. (Protectors of the faith).

Jer 33:18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. Levitical priests: No more sin offerings, but offerings of thanksgiving. "Spiritual offerings." (1 Peter 2:5, 2:9).

Jer 33:19 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying, 

Jer 33:20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; If you can change day and night you can break My covenant, but you can't.

Jer 33:21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. i.e. God's covenant will never be broken.  

Jer 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me. They will be there as numerous as the stars in heaven and sands of the sea. (Revelation 7:9-10).

Jer 33:23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,

Jer 33:24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. Don't listen to what people say. Nations may leave God, but God will not leave Israel, and He will never leave or forsake you. (Psalm 94:14). 

Jer 33:25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; God will not reject His people anymore than He would change the laws of gravity.

Jer 33:26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them. God will never abandon the descendants of Jacob or David. Christ will rule the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; they will be restored to their land and He will have mercy on them. 

Jeremiah 34

Jer 34:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying, This chapter contains two discourses, one concerning the taking of the city, and Zedekiah's captivity and death, Jeremiah 34:1-7; and the other containing an invective against the inhabitants of Jerusalem for retaining their Hebrew slaves, Jeremiah 34:8-32; both of which were delivered in the tenth year of Zedekiah.

Jer 34:2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire: The city is about to be handed over to the king of Babylon. (In the future, the king of Babylon of the end times will take over Jerusalem).

Jer 34:3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon. You will not escape his grasp but will be taken captive and delivered up to the king of Babylon face to face. (We will also be delivered up before the anti-Christ in the end times).

Jer 34:4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus saith the LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword: You won't die in war.

Jer 34:5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and they will lament thee, saying, Ah lord! for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD. Zedekiah wouldn't be killed in battle, but was supposed to die in peace. However, at the end of the siege of Jerusalem, he tried to sneak out of the city but he was captured and taken to Nebuchadnezzar. His sons would be killed in front of him, and his eyes were gouged out. He would live out his last days as a captive to Babylon.

Jer 34:6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem, Jeremiah gives him the message of what would happen.

Jer 34:7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish, and against Azekah: for these defenced cities remained of the cities of Judah. The siege on Jerusalem has begun.

Jer 34:8 This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them; Give them their freedom and they will fight for us.

Jer 34:9 That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. Free all the Hebrew slaves, men and women. 

Jer 34:10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant, and every one his maidservant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go. They obeyed the kings command.

Jer 34:11 But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids. The Egyptian army made an advance against the Babylonians and they backed off for a while. Now they changed their minds and took the men and women they had freed, forcing them to be slaves again. (This didn't look good for Zedekiah). The people could not trust him now.

Jer 34:12 Therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 

Jer 34:13 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying, Long ago the whole nation had been slaves till God had rescued them from their slavery in Egypt. They broke their covenant with God and should have known better. 

Jer 34:14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear. They would not keep their word. (When God makes a contract, there is a reason for it). 

Jer 34:15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: First you promised this, then you broke the contract.

Jer 34:16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids. You just shrugged off your oath and defiled My name by taking back the men and women to slavery once again. (A mans word is his bond and you broke it). "Never trust one who lies all the time."

Jer 34:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. When they proclaimed liberty to their slaves, God restrained the sword from cutting them off; but now having resumed their authority over them, He proclaimed liberty to these dire judgments to seize upon, and destroy them.

Jer 34:18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof, To seal the contract they walked between a split carcass. Reference to: (Genesis 15:9-10, 15:11-17).

Jer 34:19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf; I will cut you apart, whether you are officials, priests, or common people. Why? Because they broke the contract.

Jer 34:20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth. The enemy will kill you and you will be food for the vultures.

Jer 34:21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which are gone up from you. Zedekiah would be handed over to the armies of the king of Babylon.

Jer 34:22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without an inhabitant. All the towns of Judah will be destroyed.  

Jeremiah 35

Jer 35:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, Jeremiah goes back here to insert a preceding event. Jehoiakim ruled (609-598 B.C.) for eleven years and was a bad king.

Jer 35:2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink. The Rechabites were the Kenites. And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab. (I Chronicles 2:55). They were descended from Hobab, the brother-in-law of Moses. A Kenite tribe that migrated with Israel to Canaan. (Numbers 10:29, Judges 1:16, 4:11-17, 5:24, 1 Samuel 15:6). They were proselytes (those who adopted the Jewish religion), not idolaters; inhabiting the wilderness south of Judah. They entered in as tent builders.

Jer 35:3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites; Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah (the kenite), and his brethren, the whole house of the Rechabites (the kenites). If you are not familiar with the "kenites" read out newsletter study topic titled: "The Sons of Cain."

Jer 35:4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door: Brought them right into the house of God.

Jer 35:5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. Remember these are the Kenites (sons of Cain, or sons of the devil), he is entertaining.

Jer 35:6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: However, they refused to drink the wine. "They were commanded never to drink wine." Hmmm, could it be because when Christ was at the last supper, the wine would spiritually represent His blood. 

Jer 35:7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers. Dwell in tents all your days. (The Kenites), and they do even till this day. (Genesis 4:12), a tent builder and a vagabond. (No farmers among the Kenites).

Jer 35:8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; Obeyed Jonadab, and no drinking wine for these people.

Jer 35:9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: Still stands till this day.

Jer 35:10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. Here we even see that the kenites obeyed their commands.

Jer 35:11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem. They moved to Jerusalem (for protection), and say they are "Jews" but are of the synagogue of Satan. (They were just residents of Judah). They kept the books for Judah. However, they began to call themselves "Judeans."

Jer 35:12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 

Jer 35:13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD. Lets learn a lesson from these "kenites" who obey their father's command.

Jer 35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. The "kenites" listen to their father, but you don't listen to Me says the Lord.

Jer 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. You hard-heads just won't listen to anyone I send to you. "You refuse to obey Me."

Jer 35:16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me: "This is what the lesson is about."

Jer 35:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered. God having, by the conduct of the Rechabites, convicted the Jews of ingratitude and rebellion, He now proceeds to pass sentence against them. (Romans 10:21). God isn't happy with us today, because the majority of the people will not listen to His ways, but would rather listen to mans ways. (Caught up in the ways of the world). To many churches today are like country clubs for social gatherings and money raising.

Jer 35:18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Because you have obeyed your ancestors.

Jer 35:19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever. There shall not a man be cut off from Jonadab the son of Rechab to stand. (Jeremiah 33:17, 1 Chronicles 2:55). Promise of God to help them. (II Kings 10:15).

Jeremiah 36

Jer 36:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, This was after Nebuchadnezzar had left Jerusalem with his band of young captives, including Daniel. (The first captivity to Babylon).

Jer 36:2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. Write it in the book. (Probably on a scroll made of papyrus).

Jer 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. God hoping His people would here the message and repent. (Repenting is what makes being a Christian possible). God knows we are in a worldly flesh body and will mess up at times. We can't help it, but we have repentance to keep us spiritually clean, and the Holy Spirit to keep us on the right track. (Matthew 13:15, Mark 4:12, Acts 3:19, Acts 26:18, Acts 28:27).

Jer 36:4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book. Jeremiah is in prison here and Baruch is Jeremiah's scribe and attendant. It is his responsibility to get the message of the letter out to the people. 

Jer 36:5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD: Jeremiah being confined can't go to the temple.

Jer 36:6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD'S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. Fasting day: Being in the ninth month, it was not that prescribed in the law, which was in the seventh month. (Leviticus 16:29, 23:27).

Jer 36:7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people. God is not happy when people do not listen. God wants His people to turn from sin and be healed. (Hosea 5:15, 6:1).

Jer 36:8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD'S house. Read the messages from the Lord to the people at the temple.

Jer 36:9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. This happened on the ninth month. (Jehoiakim declared this time, not God).

Jer 36:10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD'S house, in the ears of all the people. Baruch read Jeremiah's words on the scroll to the people.

Jer 36:11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD, This would be Micah (one of the good guys).

Jer 36:12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes. All gathered to hear the letter. 

Jer 36:13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people. 

Jer 36:14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them.

Jer 36:15 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears. Buruch reads form the scroll, but will they listen?

Jer 36:16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words. A little shook up from what they heard.

Jer 36:17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? They wanted to know where this word came from?

Jer 36:18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book. It was Jeremiah! I wrote down what he said word for word. 

Jer 36:19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be. Their thinking these two guys are heading for trouble.

Jer 36:20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. They left the scroll in safe keeping and went to tell the king what had happened. 

Jer 36:21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king. Jehudi reads the scroll to the king and his officials.

Jer 36:22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. This is in the winter and the king is sitting nice and cozy by the fire.

Jer 36:23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. Destroyed the word piece by piece. (Just as many do today with false teachings and traditions of men).

Jer 36:24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. They didn't care one bit and were not at all afraid of what they were doing. (God's word seemed to have no affect on them).

Jer 36:25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them. The king just didn't care.

Jer 36:26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them. The king ordered the arrest of Baruch and Jeremiah, but God hid them. (God always in control and always takes care of his own).

Jer 36:27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, 

Jer 36:28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned. Write another scroll just like the first one.

Jer 36:29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? You destroyed the scroll because it said the king of Babylon would destroy this land.

Jer 36:30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.

Jer 36:31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not. Jehoiakim wouldn't listen to Jeremiah's scroll and the words of the Lord and brought judgment upon himself. (People today won't listen that the king of Babylon of the end times "the antichrist" will return before the true Christ). "They are to wrapped up in false teachings."

Jer 36:32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words. Wrote another scroll, but added much more to it. Like words: Like unto them. They are preserved to us in this book to a large extent.

Jeremiah 37

Jer 37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. Chapter 37 & 38 would be part of the last two years of Zedekiah's reign. Coniah: i.e. Jeconiah, called also Jehoiachin. Whom: i.e. Zedekiah.

Jer 37:2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah. Didn't take the time to listen and just didn't care.

Jer 37:3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us. Wanted them to pray to God for help. Sounds good, but will it help?

Jer 37:4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison. 

Jer 37:5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem. This was Pharaoh Hophra, or Apries, as he is called by Herodotus, who succeeded his father Psammis on the throne of Egypt, am 3410, bc 594, and reigned twenty-five years. Having entered into a confederacy with Zedekiah (Ezekiel 17:15), he marched out of Egypt with a great army to his relief; which caused Nebuchadnezzar to raise the siege of Jerusalem to meet him; during which period the transactions detailed here took place.

Jer 37:6 Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 

Jer 37:7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. 

Jer 37:8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.

Jer 37:9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. Do not be deceived. The king of Babylon will not depart. He will be back in the end times also.

Jer 37:10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire. Nothing they could do to keep them from wiping out Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 21:4-7). 

Jer 37:11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army, 

Jer 37:12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people. i.e. At Anathoth, in Benjamin, three and a half miles north-east of Jerusalem, where he drew his living.

Jer 37:13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans. The guard at the gate is thinking Jeremiah must be a traitor defecting to the Babylonians and arrested him.

Jer 37:14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. Jeremiah cops a plea, but Irijah wouldn't listen and took Jeremiah before the officials.

Jer 37:15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison. They were upset and beat Jeremiah. "We might suffer a few bumps and bruises in the end times, but God will see us through." (Revelation 2:10).

Jer 37:16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; Jeremiah was locked up in a dungeon. 

Jer 37:17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon. Jeremiah told king Zedekiah the truth. (Never be afraid to speak the truth). "Remember, it is the truth that will set you free."

Jer 37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison? Jeremiah tells Zedekiah, I have done nothing but tell you the truth. (Some people can't handle the truth).

Jer 37:19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land? Where are your false prophets now?

Jer 37:20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. Jeremiah is up there in age (in his sixties), and if put back in prison, he figures he will die there.

Jer 37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison. Jeremiah was held in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace and well protected there. (God is always in control). "Always tell the truth in the word and God will be with you."

Jeremiah 38

Jer 38:1 Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying, These guys were government officials.

Jer 38:2 Thus saith the LORD, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live. Surrender to the Babylonians and live. (God has a plan and works in mysterious ways). 

Jer 38:3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it. Not something they wanted to hear at this time. Jerusalem will be taken by the Babylonian army. (Jerusalem will also be taken in the end times by antichrist till the true Christ returns after the great apostasy). Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Do not be deceived! Christ will not return until the "Great Apostasy" (rebellion against God, fallen away of the church, or one who gives up their professed beliefs). And the son of perdition, one of Satan's names, be revealed. "The false messiah." (Revelation 17:8). Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4). He will defy God and will try to take the place of God, sitting in the temple of God in Mount Zion. (Isaiah 14:12-16).

Jer 38:4 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt. These guys were calling Jeremiah a traitor. It wasn't his prediction, it was the Lords.

Jer 38:5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you. The king giving in to these guys. (He was kind of a wimp). Never be intimidated by some man, woman, or bully blowing a bunch of hot air. Most people like this are just wimps themselves when you get down to it.

Jer 38:6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire. Let him down by ropes to sink in the mud.

Jer 38:7 Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin; Ebedmelech was a servant to the king (not even an Israelite), but a foreigner. He was a friend of Jeremiah and was willing to put his life on the line for Jeremiah. 

Jer 38:8 Ebedmelech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king, saying,  

Jer 38:9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city. No more bread in the city and getting close to the Babylonian siege.

Jer 38:10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. Take some men and get him out of the cistern.

Jer 38:11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. Jeremiah is probably saying; "Get me out of here."

Jer 38:12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. Were coming, put these rags under your arms and we will pull you out. 

Jer 38:13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison. Jeremiah waited and the Lord rescued him. (God will never test you beyond what you can handle).

Jer 38:14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me. Lay it on me Jeremiah.

Jer 38:15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me? Jeremiah replies, if I tell you the truth you won't listen to me anyway.

Jer 38:16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life. Zedekiah swore to protect Jeremiah. Hmmm, should Jeremiah trust him?

Jer 38:17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: So, Jeremiah lays it on the king. Listen to God and surrender to the Babylonians and you and your family will live. 

Jer 38:18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand. Do not listen to God and you will not escape the Babylonians. 

Jer 38:19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me. The Jews wouldn't have mocked him, this was in his own mind. (Sometimes we think the worst will happen, but it was just our own self pride taking over). 

Jer 38:20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live. Do it God's way and everything will be just fine.

Jer 38:21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me: 

Jer 38:22 And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah's house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon's princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back. It's the women that will mock you. (Members of your own family). i.e. The moral sinking of Zedekiah would be far worse than Jeremiah's physical sinking.

Jer 38:23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire. An example of how it will go down in the end times.  

Jer 38:24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die. Keep this to yourself or you die. (The wimp becomes a little threatening).

Jer 38:25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee: A little more insurance.

Jer 38:26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there. Just feed them a little story that is part in truth. 

Jer 38:27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived. They snuck this one by the officials. 

Jer 38:28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken. It was looking bad for Jeremiah, but God is in control and Jeremiah does not need to worry. The king will see he is well taken care of.

Jeremiah 39

Jer 39:1 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. This was the month Tebeth (Esther 2:16, Ezekiel 24:1-2), which began with the first moon of January; and it was on the 10th of this month that Nebuchadnezzar invested the city.

Jer 39:2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. This was the month Tammuz, which commences with the first moon of July. The siege had lasted just eighteen months. (2 Kings 25:3).

Jer 39:3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergalsharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon. Chief officers and advisors to the king.

Jer 39:4 And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain. Zedekiah and his soldiers slipped through the gate and ran for their lives heading toward the Jordan valley.

Jer 39:5 But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him. The Babylonians chased king Zedekiah, caught him, took him to the Babylonian king and passed sentence on him.

Jer 39:6 Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah. Killed all the sons of Zedekiah and the nobles of Judah because they ran. (Should have listened to God).

Jer 39:7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon. The last thing Zedekiah sees is the death of his sons. Gouged out his eyes and led him away to Babylon in chains.

Jer 39:8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem. Just like God said it would happen.

Jer 39:9 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. All the rest of the people who remained in the city were sent to Babylon.

Jer 39:10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time. Those that obeyed were set up by the king of Babylon. (Just as God said would happen).

Jer 39:11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, Told the captain to find Jeremiah.

Jer 39:12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee. Take good care of Jeremiah. (Whatever he desires you will do it). Rejected by the Jews and taken care of by the gentiles. "Have you ever been rejected by your own friends and family?" "Have you ever been rejected for teaching the truth?" It will happen, just as it happened to Jeremiah.

Jer 39:13 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rabsaris, and Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of Babylon's princes;

Jer 39:14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people. Took him home to live among his own people.   

Jer 39:15 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying, Message from the Lord while he was still in prison.

Jer 39:16 Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee. Ebedmelech was the guy who rescued Jeremiah from the miry clay. Jeremiah tells him that he will see it's destruction come to pass.

Jer 39:17 But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. God always remembers and protects. (This is Ebedmelech's payback for the good service to Jeremiah).

Jer 39:18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD. He trusted in the word of the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:7).

Jeremiah 40

Jer 40:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon. This, and the four following chapters, record the events which occurred in Judea from the taking of Jerusalem to the retreat of the remnant of the people to Egypt; and contain several prophecies of Jeremiah concerning them there; which were "the word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord." It appears that Jeremiah, after being freed from prison, continued among the Jews, till he was bound, with others of them, and carried to Ramah; where he was set a liberty in the manner related.

Jer 40:2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place. Hmmm, now the captain of the guard (Nebuzaradan), is using the name of God. 

Jer 40:3 Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you. God warned them, they didn't listen, they sinned, that's why it happened. (God will use the enemy against you if He needs to). 

Jer 40:4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go. Jeremiah given a choice of what to do. "Will he go where God tells him?"

Jer 40:5 Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go. God seen to it that he was taken care of. Gedaliah was a good guy. (Jeremiah 26:24).

Jer 40:6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land. Mizpah is about four or five miles from Jerusalem. (Jeremiah returns to Gedaliah).

Jer 40:7 Now when all the captains of the forces which were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon; The guerilla army didn't make a stand and ran. (Bunch of wimps). Now they hear that Gedaliah is in charge. He would be the governor over the humble people who were left behind.

Jer 40:8 Then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men. Seems we have a little band cowards and thieves here. 

Jer 40:9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan sware unto them and to their men, saying, Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. Lay down your arms, keep the peace, and you will be fine. 

Jer 40:10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken. Gedaliah tells them to settle in the towns they have taken and to live off the land.

Jer 40:11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the Ammonites, and in Edom, and that were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan; They know that Gedaliah is kind of a pushover. (This isn't going to turn out good when you trust guys like this).

Jer 40:12 Even all the Jews returned out of all places whither they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much. Gathering as much as they could. 

Jer 40:13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, Gathered together there. 

Jer 40:14 And said unto him, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not. Did you know that they are here to kill you. Gadaliah refused to believe them.

Jer 40:15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying, Let me go, I pray thee, and I will slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it: wherefore should he slay thee, that all the Jews which are gathered unto thee should be scattered, and the remnant in Judah perish? Why should we let him destroy you? Lets go over and kill him.

Jer 40:16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son of Kareah, Thou shalt not do this thing: for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael. Don't do anything Gedaliah says to Johanan. You are lying about Ishmael. (Couldn't see it and was blind to the enemy). Never fall to the tricks and lies of the enemy, it will get you in trouble if not killed. 

Jeremiah 41

Jer 41:1 Now it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah. This would be in September or October, probably a year or two later when they gathered together to break bread. Watch who you break bread with. (John 13:18).

Jer 41:2 Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land. Ishmael and his men suddenly jumped at the gathering and killed Gedaliah.

Jer 41:3 Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the men of war. The also killed all the Jews and Babylonians that were with Gedaliah

Jer 41:4 And it came to pass the second day after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man knew it, I see a cover up coming here. 

Jer 41:5 That there came certain from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the LORD. Eighty men from the cities of the northern kingdom were coming on a spiritual mission. (Leviticus 2:1, 23:24, 23:34).

Jer 41:6 And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and it came to pass, as he met them, he said unto them, Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. Ishmael weeping and weeping putting on a big show. (Sucking them right in).

Jer 41:7 And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him. Ishmael killed them and probably robbed them. These guys probably had a lot of treasures with them.

Jer 41:8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren. The ten men they did not kill bought their way out. (Money talks). Sound familiar?

Jer 41:9 Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men, whom he had slain because of Gedaliah, was it which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with them that were slain. Asa was king of the southern kingdom of Judah around 910 B.C.

Jer 41:10 Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah, even the king's daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam: and Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites. Ishmael was a real scumbag. i.e. a killer, a con and a rip-off artist. We have many of theme around today.

Jer 41:11 But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,

Jer 41:12 Then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon. They wanted to take Ishmael down.

Jer 41:13 Now it came to pass, that when all the people which were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, then they were glad. Johanan coming to the rescue. 

Jer 41:14 So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah cast about and returned, and went unto Johanan the son of Kareah. The captives escaped and joined in to help Johanan.

Jer 41:15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the Ammonites. Two of the ten were killed but Ishmael and the others got away.

Jer 41:16 Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, even mighty men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought again from Gibeon: The daughters of Zedekiah were among the people who were rescued.

Jer 41:17 And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt, Maybe not such a good idea. They are not supposed to go into Egypt.

Jer 41:18 Because of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land. They were a little afraid, but should not have been if they listened to God. Johanan doesn't think it's safe in Mizpah, so he heads for Egypt.

Jeremiah 42

Jer 42:1 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, We see a remnant here that will ask Jeremiah for guidance. 

Jer 42:2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) They ask Jeremiah to pray to his God. Notice they do not ask to pray to our God. (They were non-believers). 

Jer 42:3 That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do. They want the blessings and advice, but they don't want to follow the ways of God. Sound familiar? 

Jer 42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. Notice Jeremiah says their God as well. Jeremiah will not hold anything back when he gets a answer from God. 

Jer 42:5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us. Again, not our God, thy God. (They just don't get it).

Jer 42:6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God. Now they say our God. It sounds good, but they don't really mean it.

Jer 42:7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah. Here comes the message.

Jer 42:8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, Called them all together.

Jer 42:9 And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him; Here is the reply.

Jer 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. Everything will be alright if you just stay here. I will build you up and not tear you down, I will plant you and not uproot you. I repent of all My punishment upon you. "Yes, God can be sorry to."

Jer 42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. You don’t need to be afraid of them, God is with you. (Even in the end times).

Jer 42:12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land. I will see to it that the king will have mercy on you and you will be able to stay in your own land. 

Jer 42:13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the LORD your God, 

Jer 42:14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:

Jer 42:15 And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there; If you do not obey the Lord and are determined to go to Egypt this is what will happen.

Jer 42:16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. If you go there, I will send the king of Babylon after you and you will die there.

Jer 42:17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them. Don’t temp God! God gave the warning and Jeremiah made it very clear; but will they choose to go against God? (Remember they are not believers).

Jer 42:18 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more. The people had witnessed the tremendous effects of the wrath of God, in the siege and destruction of Jerusalem; and had they not been past feeling, this denunciation must have made their ears tingle, and appalled their very souls.

Jer 42:19 The LORD hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day. You were warned, and don't forget the message I have given you today. God knew, that such was their miserable propensity to idolatry, that they would adopt the idolatrous worship of Egypt. Add to which, their going thither for protection was in effect refusing to submit to the king of Babylon, to whom God had decreed the rule of Judah and the neighboring kingdoms. You know, God has a special plan for us in the end times, and we need to know what it is and listen to His message. The antichrist is coming, do you know what to do?

Jer 42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it. You were lying to me when you sent me to pray to the Lord your God. God already knew from the start they were non-believers and would not listen. Just as He knows that many people will not listen to the truth today and continue in the ways of the world. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7).

Jer 42:21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you. Never listened before and you won't listen know. (I call them rock heads). "Dumber than a box of rocks." We have a lot of them around today.

Jer 42:22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn. Go your own way. "To Egypt, where you insist on going." There you will die.

Jeremiah 43

Jer 43:1 And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words, The message given and the warning was there.

Jer 43:2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there: They called Jeremiah a liar, or was it just an excuse to keep sinning. They had no other color for their rebellion than flatly to deny that God had spoken what the prophet had declared, the constant method of hypocrites and infidels, who pretend that they are not satisfied of the truth of Divine revelation, when the true cause of their unbelief is, that the commands of God contradict their lusts and appetites.  

Jer 43:3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon. Baruch (Jeremiah's assistant), convinced you to say this. He wants us to be killed by the Babylonians.

Jer 43:4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the LORD, to dwell in the land of Judah. Just won't listen.

Jer 43:5 But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; 

Jer 43:6 Even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah. Rounded up the whole group of people including Jeremiah and Baruch.

Jer 43:7 So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes. So, they refuse to listen to the Lord and they are off to Egypt. Tahpanhes: An Egyptian fortress on the eastern or Syrian frontier of lower Egypt, where the Pharaoh had his palace.

Jer 43:8 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying, 

Jer 43:9 Take great stones in thine hand, and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln, which is at the entry of Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah; Hmmm, why are they doing this?

Jer 43:10 And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them. Remember Nebuchadrezzar is a servant of God. He is coming. "The King of Babylon." (The stones were set). He would invade Egypt and rule from this very spot. (This would take place about five years after his destruction of Jerusalem).

Jer 43:11 And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword. He will destroy the land and bring death to those destined for death. He will bring captivity to those destined for captivity. He will bring war to those destined for war. (Just as things will go down in the end times).

Jer 43:12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace. Going to clean it out. 

Jer 43:13 He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire. Bethshemesh: "House of the sun." (About ten miles north-east of Cairo). These people worshipped all kinds of thing here. Just like today with all the different worshipping going on as they leave God out of the equation.

Jeremiah 44

Jer 44:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying, A message concerning the Judeans living in northern Egypt. 

Jer 44:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, Deserted in ruins.

Jer 44:3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers. They blew it themselves worshipping anything they could, but the true God.

Jer 44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate. Don't provoke God!

Jer 44:5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods. They did not listen and kept on worshipping other gods, dreaming up new religions. (We call them cults today), religions run by delusional men and women.  

Jer 44:6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day. Destroyed because of the idolatry of the people. (Bunch of spiritual deadheads). 

Jer 44:7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain; You destroy yourself and not one of you will survive. This is what happens when you get off into mans religions instead of God's Word. (Practice idolatry and you won't last long).

Jer 44:8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth? Keep on provoking God with idol worship and you will only spiritually destroy yourself.

Jer 44:9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? Just look what happened to your ancestors and the kings and queens of Judah with all their sins against Me.

Jer 44:10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers. Not even sorry to this day for the things they have done. To much pride!

Jer 44:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah. Keep it up and I will destroy you. (Amos 9:4). 

Jer 44:12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach. Speaking of the remnant that ran. (Thos who disobeyed God). They wouldn’t listen to Jeremiah.

Jer 44:13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: Punishment is coming for those who disobeyed.

Jer 44:14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape. Those who were in bonds would escape. (Jeremiah and the others).

Jer 44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, The men and all the wives of the men that were burning incense to idols and the other Judeans living in northern Egypt answered Jeremiah.

Jer 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. We don't care what you say Jeremiah, we will not listen to the message of the Lord.

Jer 44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. Here we go... The queen of heaven. The Babylonian goddess (Ishtar). Pagan goddess of love and orgies.

Jer 44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. All their troubles started when they worshipped Ishtar, they stopped, and now they want to do it again because they felt they were being punished by their false idol.

Jer 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? So, the women added, do you think we made fancy flat cakes in the shape of the queen of heaven "Ishtar," without our husbands knowing about it. (Feed a man good and he may overlook a lot of things). Of course there may be consequences later.

Jer 44:20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying, Jeremiah lays it on the line for them all.

Jer 44:21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind? Do you really think God did not know what you were up to? (God know everything).

Jer 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day. God just couldn't take the disgusting things you were doing any longer. "That's why this happened."

Jer 44:23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day. i.e. You flat out disobeyed God.

Jer 44:24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: Jeremiah addresses them all including the cake ladies.

Jer 44:25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. You and your wives said this. We will keep our promises to burn incense and offerings to our "queen of heaven." "Go ahead and keep your promise and vows to her." Looks like the queen of heaven wears the pants in this group of worshippers. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (James 1:14). Temptation is brought on by yourself with lustful evil thoughts. So don't say the devil made me do it. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:15). Evil thoughts bring forth evil actions and can lead to the death penalty from God.

Jer 44:26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth. You didn't listen to Me, so now I will turn My back on you says the Lord.

Jer 44:27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. The only watching after you I will do will be for your disaster, because you are all spiritually dead to Me.

Jer 44:28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs. The only ones that will escape My wrath and survive are the ones who escape Egypt. (They will return to Judah).

Jer 44:29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:  

Jer 44:30 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life. Hophra: Pharaoh had a treaty with Judah. God would turn him over to his enemies who want to kill him. Just as king Zedekiah of Judah was turned over to king Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah 45

Jer 45:1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, Baruch was the scribe for Jeremiah, he was also his assistant and friend.

Jer 45:2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch; God has a personal message for him.

Jer 45:3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. Baruch getting a little discouraged here feeling a little overwhelmed with what was going on. (Think he wanted a different job).

Jer 45:4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. Everything I (the Lord), said about the land will come true. 

Jer 45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest. Baruch was just thinking of himself. God knew that Baruch was getting a little weary. Looks like God is going to give him a blessing if he listens. Jeremiah 46

Jer 46:1 The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles; The Word: This is a general title to the prophecies contained in this and the following chapters, concerning different nations which had less or more connection with the Jews, either as enemies, neighbors, or allies. They were not all delivered at the same time. To some the date is annexed; in others it is left uncertain.

Jer 46:2 Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah. The history of what went down. Egypt and Judah were allies against Babylon, but Egypt was unable to rescue Judah from the Babylonians.

Jer 46:3 Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle. Prepare for battle. 

Jer 46:4 Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines. Some of the finest horses in the world came form Egypt.

Jer 46:5 Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for fear was round about, saith the LORD. I see only fear and terror as the Egyptian armies flee. 

Jer 46:6 Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates. Euphrates is the border between Judah and Babylon.

Jer 46:7 Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers? Egypt would rise like the Nile at flood time.

Jer 46:8 Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof. Boasting that they will cover the land like a flood. 

Jer 46:9 Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow. Mercenaries from Ethiopia (Cush), forming the chief part of the Egyptian forces. (They are kicking around today swarming the area of Iran and Iraq). 

Jer 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates. That day of vengeance is coming to Egypt, and will also come upon the earth in the end times. (The sword of the Lord will devour). (Revelation 19:17-21).

Jer 46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured. No cure for what is coming. 

Jer 46:12 The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath filled the land: for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together. Fall against each other because they depend on man and not God.

Jer 46:13 The word that the LORD spake to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and smite the land of Egypt. Message about King Nebuchadnezzar's plans.

Jer 46:14 Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Noph and in Tahpanhes: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee. Should have listened to Jeremiah. Now the sword will devour everyone around you.

Jer 46:15 Why are thy valiant men swept away? they stood not, because the LORD did drive them. You can't stand against the Lord. They tried to get out of there!

Jer 46:16 He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword. Now they know they should have listened. They want to go back home to their own people. "To late now."

Jer 46:17 They did cry there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed. Pharoah Hophra made some bold statements about how he was going to defeat Babylon. Now everyone realizes that he was just blowing hot air.

Jer 46:18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come. Going to take it all.

Jer 46:19 O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt, furnish thyself to go into captivity: for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant. Get ready to leave for exile all you citizens of Egypt.

Jer 46:20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north. Egypt may be strong like a heifer, but a horsefly can chase it away. (Babylon is that horsefly).

Jer 46:21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation. Even the mercenaries will run. (Can't stand against God).

Jer 46:22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood. Egypt would flee like a snake being chased out of the brush. "She will be chopped to pieces."

Jer 46:23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable. The Babylonians would be like a swarm of locust invading the land. "Look at the locust army that is swarming and invading today." The end time invasion is coming soon. (Revelation 9:2-10).

Jer 46:24 The daughter of Egypt shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north. Taken by the king of Babylon. 

Jer 46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him: The Lord will punish (Amon of No, also know as Amon of Thebes), the chief god of southern Egypt.

Jer 46:26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD. Egypt will go through a restoration just like Judah. In the end times there will be a final restoration at the second coming of Christ.

Jer 46:27 But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. Jacob: Referring to the natural seed, i.e. the whole nation of Israel

Jer 46:28 Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished. Referring to the end time restoration of Israel at the second coming of Christ.

Jeremiah 47

Jer 47:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza. The Philistines (now Palestine), were ancient enemies of the nation Israel. Gaza is the home of Hamas.

Jer 47:2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl. Waters: Symbol of the Chaldean armies. Out of the North: Babylon is coming.

Jer 47:3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands; Won't even be able to save their own children. It will be the same in the end times because people have been deceived. (Many don't know what is going down). 

Jer 47:4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor. The Lord will destroy the remnant of the Philistines. Caphtor: Island of Crete. Tyrus: Main camp of the kenites.

Jer 47:5 Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself? Baldness: Sign of mourning.  

Jer 47:6 O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still. The sword of the Lord in the end times is the Word of God.

Jer 47:7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it. God would use the Babylonians to bring judgment to the Philistines at the appointed time.

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