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JEREMIAH xxxv.

THE Rechabites, upon Nebuchadnezzar's begining to invade the land of Judea, retired out of the country to Jerufalem, where Jeremiah found them, in this chapter.

JEREMIAH xlvi.

IN the fame year, after Nebuchadnezzar had defeated the army of Pharaoh-necho, this prophecy relating to the Gentiles, was delivered.

JEREMIAH xxxvi. ver. 19.

IN the fame year God commanded Jeremiah to collect, and write in a roll, all the words of prophecy, which had been spoken by him against Ifrael and Judah, and against the nations. Which he executed by the affiilance of Baruch, his amanuenfis; who, as Jeremiah was then under confinement, ver. 5, read the roll in the temple upon the fafting-day, i. e. the great day of atonement, being the 10th of the feventh month.

JEREMIAH xlv.

BARUCH being very much affrighted at the threats contained in the roll, and probably uneafy under apprehenfions of the danger he might incur by reading it publicly, Jeremiah, by the command of God, delivered to him the meffage of encouragement and comfort contained in this chapter.

DANIEL i.

IMMEDIATELY after this, Nebuchadnezzar, who fet out upon his expedition the year before, laid fiege to Jerufalem, and took it; and bound Jehoiakim in fetters, with a defign to carry him to Babylon. 2 Chron. xxxvi. 6. But upon Jehoiakim's fubmiffion, 2 Kings xxiv. 1, he did not carry him to Babylon, but reftored him to the kingdom. Neverthelefs, he carried great numbers of the people, and fons of the royal family, and of the nobility, captives, among the reft Daniel.

JEREMIAH xxxvi. verfe 9. to the end of the Chapter.

THIS year, after the Chaldeans were gone from Jerufalem, Jehoiakim, and his people growing worfe and worfe, in the ninth month, at the fast, which was then proclaimed, on account of Nebuchadnezzar's having ta

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ken the city the year before, Baruch again read the roll in the house of the Lord, ver. 9, 80. Which coming to the king's ear, and part of the roll being read to him, he, thinking perhaps, that Nebuchadnezzar had already executed the Divine threatenings, and nothing more was now to be feared, and that the Prophet was a malicious, troublesome fellow, burnt the roll, and commanded Jeremiah and Baruch to be apprehended. But they could not be found, for the Lord hid them. Note Jeremiah was now at liberty.

DANIEL ii.

In this year, which was the fecond of Nebuchadnezzar, according to the Babylonish account, the 4th according to the Jewish, Daniel revealed to Nebuchadnezzar his dream.

JEREMIAH xxii. ver. 24, to the End.

In this year this prophecy was declared against Jehoiachin, or Coniah, who reigned but 3 months, and then, with many others, was carried into captivity. 2 Kings xxiv. 11, &c. His uncle Zedekiah fucceeded him. 2 Kings xxiv. 17.

JEREMIAH xxiii.

THIS chapter might be delivered at the fame time with the foregoing prophecy.

JEREMI A H xiii. ver. 15, to the End.

By the king and queen mentioned ver. 18, are probably meant Jehoiachin and his mother. See chap. xxii. 26. 2 Kings xxiv. 12, Thus, this prophecy must have been delivered about the same time with the foregoing.

JEREMIAH xxiv.

AFTER Jehoiachin or Jeconiah was carried into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, this prophecy was delivered.

JEREMI A H xlix. verse 34, to the End,

In this year alfo is to be placed the prophecy against Elam, a kingdom upon the river Ulai, eastward beyond the Tigris, in which stood Shufhan, afterward the metropolis of the kingdom of Perfia.

JEREMIAH

JEREMIAH xxix.

ABOUT the fecond year of Zedekiah's, reign, Jeremiah's letter, contained in this chapter, was fent to the captive Jews at Babylon; and an impious answer returned by Shemaiah.

JEREMIAH xxx, xxxi.

THESE two chapters, which affure the captive Jews, that they should not only return again to Judea, but also be the particular care of the Divine Providence to the end of the world, to fhew the certainty of the incouraging contents, are ordered to be written in a book, chap. xxx. 2, about the fame time with the foregoing letter, and probably were fent to the captive Jews in Babylon, whom they principally respected.

JEREMIAH xxvii.

THIS chapter is to be placed in this year, (fee chap. xxviii. 1.) namely, after the departure of Nebuchadnezzar out of Judea and Syria, when the kings of the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, Zidonians, Tyrians, &c. fent an embaffy to Zedekiah, propofing to him a league against the king of Babylon. Note-In the firft verfe, Jehoiakim is put for Zedekiah, [fee ver. 3.] probably by a mistake of the tranfcriber, who might then have his eye upon the firft verfe of the foregoing chapter,

JEREMIAH xxviii.

In this year the affair concerning Hananiah the falfe Prophet, related in this chapter was tranfacted. Note-The firft verfe, according to the beft commentators, fhould be read thus, When it had been fo, [i. e. when I had continued prophefying with a yoke upon my fhoulders from that year, which was] in the begining of the reign of Zedekiah, until the fourth year, &c. See Glass. Phil. facra Lib. IV. Tract, I. Obferv. V. Pag. 860, Nold. Concord. Nota 677, and LowTH upon the place.

JEREMIAH 1, li.

THESE two chapters contain a book of prophecies, which Jeremiah wrote, and sent to Babylon, by Seraiah, who was fent thither by Zedekiah, in the 4th year of his reign, chap. li. 59, &c. [when he went with, rather, from Zedekiah, &c.] See Nold. Concord. under or No. 1.

EZEKIEL

EZEKIEL i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii.

In the 5th year of Jehoiachin's captivity, which was also the 5th of Zedekiah's reign, Ezekiel, a captive prieft in Chaldea, received his prophetic commiffion in the council of God, and had the revelations and prophecies contained in the seven first chapters of his book. Note Ezekiel dates his prophecies from the year in which himself and king Jehoiachin were carried into captivity.

EZEKIEL viii, ix, x, xi.

THIS year Ezekiel in a vifion was carried to Jerufalem, fhewn the feveral forts of idolatry practifed there by the Jews in the very temple; and had revealed unto him the punishments which God would inflict upon them for those abominations, and the divine protection of those in captivity, who continued fteady and faithful to his fervice.

EZEKIEL xii, xiii, xiv, xv, xvi, xvii, xviii, xix.

ABOUT this time, Zedekiah having entered into a confederacy with the king of Egypt, and broken the folemn oath of fidelity, which he had fworn to king Nebuchadnezzar, God, both by types and words of revelation, forefhewed to Ezekiel the taking of Jerufalem by the Chaldeans, Zedekiah's flight by night, the puting out of his eyes, his imprisonment and death at Babylon, the carrying away of the Jews, and the remains of the Ifraelites, contained in the above-mentioned chapters. NoteDaniel, though then but a young man, was grown to fuch a pitch of piety and holiness, as to be matched by God himself, with Noah and Job. Ezek. xiv. 14, 20.

EZEKIEL xx, xxi, xxii, xxiii.

THE elders of Ifrael came to Ezekiel to enquire of the Lord; but God refuseth to be enquired of by fuch wicked hypocrites; and in these four chapters denounces the judgments their abominable impieties deferved.

JEREMIAH xxi, xxxiv. Ver. 1-8.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR having advanced a great army againft Judea, 2 Kin. xxv. 1, to punish Zedekiah for his perjury and rebellion, Zedekiah firft fent Pafbur and Zephaniah to Jeremiah, to defire him to enquire of the Lord; by whom Jeremiah returned the answer related in the 21st

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chapter. Afterward, Jeremiah was ordered in person to deliver to Zedekiah the prediction contained in chap. xxiv. 1-8,

JEREMIAH. xlvii,

PHARAOH-HOPHRA marching out of Egypt to the relief of his ally Zedekiah against Nebuchadnezzar, who was advancing to befiege Jerufalem, in his way took Gaza, a town of the Philiftines. A little before this event, Jeremiah uttered this prophecy against the Philistines.

JEREMIAH xlviii, xlix, Ver. 1-34.

THESE prophecies, relating to the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, &c. who would be obnoxious to the ravages of the Affyrian armies, might be delivered at the fame time with the former.

EZEKIEL xxiv, xxv.

On the tenth day of the tenth month in the fame year, when Nebuchadnezzar's army had laid fiege to Jerufalem, the fame was revealed, on the very fame day, to Ezekiel in Chaldea; and the deftruction of the city was typified by a boiling caldron; the fame day also his wife died, as recorded in chap. xxiv. But vengeance is denounced against the neighbouring countries, that rejoiced in the preceding calamities, or fhould rejoice in thofe that were to come upon Judea. Chap. xxv.

JEREMIAH xxxvii. Ver. 1—II,

NOT long after Nebuchadnezzar's army had laid fiege to Jerufalem, Pharaoh-Hophra came with a great force to the relief of Zedekiah. Upon which Nebuchadnezzar raised the fiege of Jerufalem in order to march against him. Upon which Zedekiah fent a meflage to Jeremiah, before he was put into prifon, chap. xxxvii. 4, the answer to which is contained in chap. xxxvii. 1- -II.

JEREMIAH xxxiv. Veṛ. 8. to the End.

UPON the approach of Nebuchadnezzar's army, the terrified Jews entered into a folemn covenant, to obferve God's law, and to release the Hebrew fervants, which they kept in bondage contrary to his law. But when the Chaldeans were gone to meet Pharaoh, the general opinion being, that they would return no more, the Jews openly violated the covenant of reformation, by obliging all their fervants to return to their former fervitude. For which impious act, the Prophet proclaimed liberty to the fword, &c.

JEREMIAH

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