Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 27\\

This chapter contains a prophecy of the subjection of the king of
Judah, with five neighbouring kings, to the king of Babylon; signified
by bonds and yokes on the prophet's neck, which they are exhorted
patiently to bear, as being most for their good; and not to give heed
to false prophets, who would persuade them to the contrary. The date of
the prophecy is in \\#Jer 27:1\\; the order to make the yokes, and send
them to the several neighbouring princes by their messengers at
Jerusalem, \\#Jer 27:2,3\\; what they should say to their masters from the
God of Israel, who is described from his power in the creation of the
earth, and the disposal of it, \\#Jer 27:4,5\\; as that he had given all
their lands into the hand of the king of Babylon, whom they should
serve, or it would be worse for them, \\#Jer 27:6-8\\; and therefore should
not hearken to their prophets, who prophesied lies; if they did, it
would be to their hurt; whereas, if they quietly submitted, they would
dwell in their own land, \\#Jer 27:9-11\\; particularly Zedekiah king of
Judah is exhorted to submit; and both he, and the priests and the
people, are advised not to hearken to the false prophets,
\\#Jer 27:12-15\\; particularly as to what they said concerning the speedy
return of the vessels of the temple, which were carried away to
Babylon; but might assure themselves they should remain there; and the
rest also should be taken, and not returned until the end of the
seventy years, \\#Jer 27:16-22\\.