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1 The word of the Lo RD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote * Gaza 19.
* As no history, either sacred or profane, has mentioned the capture of Gaza,
2 Thus saith the Lond; 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. 3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his j. and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children 1or feebleness of hands;
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thus invaded. By keeping possession of Gaza, or of Ashkelon, on one side, and
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4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philis- A.C. 580. times, 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. * Heb, the
5 Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with “ the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?
60 thou sword of the Lost D, how long will it be ere o: quiet? t put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and floor
7 f How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a to charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it.
6 * Then came the word of the Lord unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 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 . you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. 8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire. 9 Thus saith the LoRo; Deceive not $ yourselves, say- Heb soul. ing. The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. 10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but lwounded men among them, yet should they rise up every J.Hon. man in his tent, and burn this city with fire. through.
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 hand-
"The prophet, in this part of chap. xxxiv. reproaches the people of Judah * the utter hollowness of their pretended reformation; and for their perfidious *nduct to their Hebrew slaves; whom they again reduced, in despite of their *enant, to their former unlawful bondage, as soon as the danger that threat‘med them from the Chaldeans appeared to be past. God threatens to punish
A.C. 589. 12 | Therefore the word of the Load came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 13 Thus saith the Lok D, 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 bond. men, saying, for xxi.; , 14 At the end of “seven years let ye go every man his o, at 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. **** 15 And ye were now it 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 twhich ** is called by my name: 16 But }. turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids. 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 proclaima liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pesti* Hoor a lence, and to the famine; and I will make you Şto be "re§§vil moved into all the kingdoms of the earth. fo. 18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covevenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof, 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; 20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and their solo s' dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, xvi. and to the beasts of the earth. 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.
them by giving liberty to the sword, to the pestilence, and the famine. He assures them he will deliver them into the hands of those enemies “who are gone up from you,” that he will cause them to return, and make Judah “adesolation without an inhabitant.”—See note on the first part of chapter xxxiv.
22 Behold, I will command, saith the LoRD, and cause A.C. 589. 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.
Jeremiah, attempting to make his Escape from Jerusalem, is
JEREMIAH xxxvii. v ER. 11, To THE END.
11 * T And it came to pass, that when the army of the 588. Chaldeans was * broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pha- ? Heb made raoh's army, to ascend. 12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, t to separate himself thence in the for midst of the people. o 13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain ofton. 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. 14 Then said Jeremiah, It is f false; I fall not away to i.i. the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took """ Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. 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. 16 M When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and . the Ś cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many or, als. ays; 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 Lo RD ! And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon. 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? 19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto You, saying, The king of #. shall not come against You, nor against this land? 20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; He low that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan ##" the scribe, lest I die there.
"The place and date of this part of Jeremiah xxxvii. are assigned in ver, 11.