30:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
30:2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
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.
30:6 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?
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 .
(See Scofield "Micah 5:1") .