27:1 In the beginning of the reign of a Jehoiakim the son of
Josiah king of Judah came this word to Jeremiah from the
(a) Concerning the disposition of these prophecies, they
who gathered them into a book, did not altogether
observe the order of times, but saw some before, which
should be after, and contrary wise which if the reader
mark well it will avoid many doubts and make the
reading much easier.
27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make for thee b bonds and
yokes, and put them upon thy neck,
(b) By such signs the prophets used sometimes to confirm
their prophecies which they could not do of themselves
but in as much as they had a revelation for the same,
(Isa 20:2) and therefore the false prophets to get
more credit, used also such visible signs but they had
no revelation, (1Ki 22:12).
27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my c servant; and the
beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his d son, and his
son's son, until the very time of his land shall come: and
then many nations and great kings shall e bring him into
(d) Meaning, Evilmerodach and his son Belshazzar.
(e) They will bring him and his kingdom in subjection as in
27:16 Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people,
saying, Thus saith the LORD; Hearken not to the words of
your prophets that prophesy to you, saying, Behold, the
vessels of the LORD'S house shall now shortly be f
brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie to
(f) Which were taken when Jeconiah was led captive into
27:18 But if they are prophets, and if the word of the LORD is
with them, let them now g make intercession to the LORD
of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of
the LORD, and [in] the house of the king of Judah, and at
Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.
(g) For it was not only the prophet's office to show the
word of God, but also to pray for the sins of the
people, (Ge 20:7) which these could not do because
they had no express word: for God had pronounced the
27:22 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be
until the day that I visit h them, saith the LORD; then
will I bring them up, and restore them to this place.
(h) That is, for the space of seventy years till I have
caused the Medes and Persians to overcome the