[Know] that thus saith the Lord
Or "for", or "wherefore thus saith the Lord" F24; for the word "know" is not in the text, and seems needless; though it is also supplied by other interpreters F25. The words are illative, and follow upon the former; and the sense is, that since they gave heed to their false prophets in Babylon, who told them that they should quickly return; therefore the Lord sent the following message to them, informing them that it was so far from being true that they should in a short time return to Jerusalem, that, on the other hand, they that were there should soon be with them in captivity, or be destroyed: of,
or "concerning" the king that sitteth on the throne of David;
that is, King Zedekiah, who was then the reigning king at Jerusalem: and of all the people that dwelleth in this city;
the city Jerusalem, where Jeremiah was, and from whence this letter was written, in the name of the Lord, to the captives at Babylon: and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;
that lived in the several parts of the land of Judea, who were left behind, and not carried captive, when those were to whom these words are directed.