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Jeremiah 30

Chapter 30

30:1  The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

The word

The writings of Jeremiah in chapters 30 to 36, cannot with certainty be arranged in consecutive order. Certain dates are mentioned (e.g. Jeremiah 32:1 ; 33:1 ; Jeremiah 34:1 Jeremiah 34:8 ; 35:1 but retrospectively. The narrative, so far as Jeremiah gives a narrative, is resumed at Jeremiah 37:1 . These chapters constitute a kind of summary of prophecy concerning Israel as a nation, looking on especially to the last days, the day of the Lord, and the kingdom-age to follow. If the marginal references are carefully followed the order will become clear. But these prophecies are interspersed with much historical matter concerning Jeremiah and his time.

30:2  Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

Write

Three "writings" by Jeremiah are to be distinguished:

(1) This is impersonal--a general prophecy, and probably the earliest. Jeremiah 30:1-31:40 .

(2) The prophecy destroyed by Jehoiakim. Jeremiah 1:1-36:23 .

(3) The destroyed writing re-written doubtless the writing preserved to us. Jeremiah 36:27 .

30:6  Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

travail

(See Scofield "Micah 5:1") .

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