View Jeremiah 32 in the note window.
Jeremiah in the siege of Jerusalem being imprisoned by Zedekiah,
buys a field, takes witnesses, draws a writing, seals and delivers it
to Baruch to preserve, as tokens of the peoples return, ver. 1 - 15.
He prays with admiration of God's majesty and works; and represents his
own conflict, ver. 16 - 25.
God confirms the captivity for their sins, ver. 26 - 35.
but promises a gracious return, ver. 36 - 44.
5: Until I visit him - Perhaps in mercy; it is certain Zedekiah
was not put to death, only carried to Babylon, where some think he
afterward found favour with the king of Babylon.
9: The money - The price of land was strangely fallen at this time,
when the enemy was besieging the chief city of the country.
11: I took - It is probable, that upon such sales among the Jews,
two instruments were made, the one sealed up, to be kept by the
purchaser, the other open, to be shewed to the judges, and by them ratified.
12: Baruch - This Baruch ((Jer 46:4,26)) was a scribe, and
an attendant upon Jeremiah. Witnesses - He made this purchase with
all the usual formalities; he signed and sealed it before witnesses,
and delivered it to Baruch to keep, in the presence of all the Jews.
20: Who hast set signs - Who didst wonders of justice in the land of
Egypt, such as are remembered even to this day.
24: The mounts - Rather engines of war with which those nations used
to batter walls, or to shoot great stones into places besieged.
34: Have set - Their idols.
39: One heart - I will give them union and concord, one mind and
judgment. One way - They shall all worship me according, to the rule
I have given them.
40: I will make - This promise manifestly relates to those
Jews that should receive the Lord Jesus Christ, unless it be to
be understood of a national conversion of the Jews, not yet effected.