While still being held as a prisoner in Jerusalem, Jeremiah reveals details about the coming judgment and the coming restoration and the covenants.
VERSE 1. Moreover the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still locked up in the court of the guard, saying,
still locked up in the court of the guard. Jeremiah is still being held as a prisoner in Jerusalem.
The LORD. The Lord y’hovah is his name.
VERSE 3. ‘Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great and difficult things, which you don’t know.’
KJV translation. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Call to me, and I will answer you. We often forget that God is limitlessly powerful. We often ask such trivial things of him. But he delights when we ask great and mighty things. Read more »
VERSE 4. For the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the houses of this city and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are broken down to make a defense against the mounds and against the sword;
this city. Jeremiah was being held as a prisoner in Jerusalem.
VERSE 5. while men come to fight with the Kasdim, and to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have killed in my anger and in my wrath, and for all whose wickedness I have hidden my face from this city:
VERSE 6. ‘Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them; and I will reveal to them abundance of peace and truth.
I will bring it health and cure. The LORD God will tend to the city’s wounds.
abundance of peace. The LORD God will bring them a whole new era of peace.
VERSE 7. I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
VERSE 8. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against me. I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against me and by which they have transgressed against me.
VERSE 9. This city will be to me for a name of joy, for praise, and for glory, before all the nations of the earth, which will hear all the good that I do to them, and will fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I provide to it.’ ”
a name of joy, for praise, and for glory. The name of the city of Jerusalem will become all those great things.
VERSE 10. The LORD says: “Yet again there will be heard in this place, about which you say, ‘It is waste, without man and without animal, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without animal,’
VERSE 11. the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, ‘Give thanks to the LORD of Hosts, for the LORD is good, for his loving kindness endures forever;’ who bring thanksgiving into the LORD’s house. For I will cause the captivity of the land to be reversed as at the first,” says the LORD.
VERSE 12. The LORD of Hosts says: “Yet again there will be in this place, which is waste, without man and without animal, and in all its cities, a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
in this place, which is waste. Jeremiah is glimpsing a wasteland. It was desolate.
a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. That is, “sheepfolds for the shepherds to couch their flocks” (NAB translation).
VERSE 13. In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks will again pass under the hands of him who counts them,” says the LORD.
pass under the hands of him who counts them. This is alluded to by the prophet Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 20:37. “I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.
VERSE 14. “Behold, the days come,” says the LORD, “that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.
VERSE 15. “In those days and at that time, I will cause a Branch of righteousness to grow up to David. He will execute justice and righteousness in the land.
a Branch of righteousness. We Christians see this prophecy fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ.
VERSE 16. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. This is the name by which she will be called: The LORD our righteousness.”
VERSE 17. For the LORD says: “David will never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.
David will never lack. The LORD God did not promise an unbroken monarchy. Rather, he promised an unbroken line of descendants from David.
VERSE 18. The Levitical priests won’t lack a man before me to offer burnt offerings, to burn meal offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.”
VERSE 19. The LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying,
VERSE 20. “The LORD says: ‘If you can break my covenant of the day and my covenant of the night, so that there will not be day and night in their time;
break my covenant of the day. We humans are not able to prevent the day from happening.
break … my covenant of the night. Similarly, we humans are not able to prevent the night from happening.
VERSE 21. then may my covenant also be broken with David my servant, that he won’t have a son to reign on his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
VERSE 22. As the army of the sky can’t be counted, and the sand of the sea can’t be measured; so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant and the Levites who minister to me.’ ”
I will multiply … the Levites who minister to me. The LORD God will raise up workers for the harvest.
Jeremiah 33:22. As the army of the sky can’t be counted, and the sand of the sea can’t be measured; so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant and the Levites who minister to me.
Matthew 9:38. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest.”
Luke 10:2. Then he said to them, “The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest.
VERSE 23. The LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying,
VERSE 24. “Don’t consider what this people has spoken, saying, ‘Has the LORD cast off the two families which he chose?’ Thus they despise my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.”
VERSE 25. The LORD says: “If my covenant of day and night fails, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
VERSE 26. then I will also cast away the offspring of Jacob, and of David my servant, so that I will not take of his offspring to be rulers over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to be reversed and will have mercy on them.”
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