Jeremiah 30

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Restoration for Israel and Judah

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2 "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 1Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.
3 2For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, 3when I will restore 4the fortunes of my people, 5Israel and Judah, says the LORD, 6and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it."
4 These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning 7Israel and Judah:
5 "Thus says the LORD: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace.
6 Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? 8Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach 9like a woman in labor? 10Why has every face turned pale?
7 Alas! 11That day is so great 12there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it.
8 "And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will 13break his 14yoke from off your neck, and I will 15burst your bonds, 16and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him.[a]
9 But they shall serve the LORD their God and 17David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
10 18"Then fear not, 19O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, 20I will save you from far away, 21and your offspring from the land of their captivity. 22Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid.
11 23For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD; 24I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. 25I will 26discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
12 "For thus says the LORD: 27Your hurt is incurable, 28and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, 29no healing for you.
14 30All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you; for I have dealt you the blow of 31an enemy, the punishment 32of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, 33because your sins are flagrant.
15 34Why do you cry out over your hurt? 35Your pain is incurable. Because your guilt is great, 36because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you.
16 37Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and 38all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity; 39those who plunder you shall be plundered, 40and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 41For I will restore 42health to you, and 43your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD, because 44they have called you an outcast: 45'It is Zion, for whom no one cares!'
18 "Thus says the LORD: Behold, 46I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt on 47its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
19 48Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. 49I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.
20 50Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all who oppress them.
21 51Their prince shall be one of themselves; 52their ruler shall come out from their midst; 53I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, 54for who would dare of himself to approach me? declares the LORD.
22 55And you shall be my people, and I will be your God."
23 56Behold 57the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
24 58The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind. 59In the latter days you will understand this.

Jeremiah 30 Commentary

Chapter 30

Troubles which shall be before the restoration of Israel. (1-11) Encouragement to trust Divine promises. (12-17) The blessings under Christ, and the wrath on the wicked. (18-24)

Verses 1-11 Jeremiah is to write what God had spoken to him. The very words are such as the Holy Ghost teaches. These are the words God ordered to be written; and promises written by his order, are truly his word. He must write a description of the trouble the people were now in, and were likely to be in. A happy end should be put to these calamities. Though the afflictions of the church may last long, they shall not last always. The Jews shall be restored again. They shall obey, or hearken to the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of David, their King. The deliverance of the Jews from Babylon, is pointed out in the prophecy, but the restoration and happy state of Israel and Judah, when converted to Christ their King, are foretold; also the miseries of the nations before the coming of Christ. All men must honour the Son as they honour the Father, and come into the service and worship of God by him. Our gracious Lord pardons the sins of the believer, and breaks off the yoke of sin and Satan, that he may serve God without fear, in righteousness and true holiness before him all the remainder of his days, as the redeemed subject of Christ our King.

Verses 12-17 When God is against a people, who will be for them? Who can be for them, so as to do them any kindness? Incurable griefs are owing to incurable lusts. Yet, though the captives suffered justly, and could not help themselves, the Lord intended to appear for them, and to punish their oppressors; and he will still do so. But every effort to heal ourselves must prove fruitless, so long as we neglect the heavenly Advocate and sanctifying Spirit. The dealings of His grace with every true convert, and every returning backslider, are the same in effect as his proceedings to the Jews.

Verses 18-24 We have here further intimations of the favour of God for them after the days of their calamity have expired. The proper work and office of Christ, as Mediator, is to draw near unto God, for us, as the High Priest of our profession. His own undertaking, in compliance with his Father's will, and in compassion to fallen man, engaged him. Jesus Christ was, in all this, truly wonderful. They shall be taken again into covenant with the Lord, according to the covenant made with their fathers. "I will be your God:" it is his good-will to us, which is the summary of that part of the covenant. The wrath of God against the wicked is very terrible, like a whirlwind. The purposes of his wrath, as well as the purposes of his love, will all be fulfilled. God will comfort all that turn to him; but those who approach him must have their hearts engaged to do it with reverence, devotion, and faith. How will they escape who neglect so great salvation?

Cross References 59

  • 1. Jeremiah 36:2; Habakkuk 2:2
  • 2. Habakkuk 2:3
  • 3. ver. 18; Jeremiah 29:14; Jeremiah 31:23; Jeremiah 32:44; Jeremiah 33:7, 11, 26; Job 42:10; Lamentations 2:14
  • 4. Ezra 2:1
  • 5. Isaiah 11:12, 13; Hosea 1:11
  • 6. Jeremiah 12:15; Ezekiel 20:42; See Jeremiah 16:15; Jeremiah 23:3
  • 7. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 8. See Isaiah 13:8
  • 9. See Isaiah 13:8
  • 10. Nahum 2:10; [Joel 2:6]
  • 11. Joel 2:11; Zephaniah 1:14
  • 12. Daniel 12:1
  • 13. Jeremiah 2:20; Nahum 1:13
  • 14. See Jeremiah 27:2
  • 15. Jeremiah 2:20; Nahum 1:13
  • 16. Ezekiel 34:27
  • 17. Isaiah 55:3, 4; Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24; Hosea 3:5; [Luke 1:69, 70; Acts 13:22, 23]; See Jeremiah 23:5
  • 18. Jeremiah 42:11; Jeremiah 46:27, 28; See Isaiah 43:5
  • 19. Isaiah 41:8
  • 20. Jeremiah 42:11; Jeremiah 46:27, 28; See Isaiah 43:5
  • 21. See Jeremiah 3:18
  • 22. Jeremiah 42:11; Jeremiah 46:27, 28; See Isaiah 43:5
  • 23. Jeremiah 46:28
  • 24. Jeremiah 46:28
  • 25. Jeremiah 46:28
  • 26. See Jeremiah 10:24
  • 27. See Jeremiah 15:18
  • 28. Jeremiah 10:19; Jeremiah 14:17
  • 29. Jeremiah 46:11
  • 30. Lamentations 1:2; [Jeremiah 4:30]
  • 31. Job 13:24; Job 19:11; Isaiah 63:10; Lamentations 2:4
  • 32. Job 30:21; [Jeremiah 6:23]
  • 33. Jeremiah 5:6
  • 34. [See ver. 12 above]
  • 35. [See ver. 12 above]
  • 36. [See ver. 14 above]
  • 37. [ver. 11; Jeremiah 10:25; Isaiah 41:11]
  • 38. [Exodus 23:22]
  • 39. [Isaiah 33:1]
  • 40. Jeremiah 2:14
  • 41. Jeremiah 33:6
  • 42. Jeremiah 8:22
  • 43. Psalms 6:2; Hosea 6:1
  • 44. [Micah 4:6, 7; Zephaniah 3:19]
  • 45. [Micah 4:6, 7; Zephaniah 3:19]
  • 46. [Amos 9:11]; See ver. 3
  • 47. Deuteronomy 13:16
  • 48. Jeremiah 31:12, 13; Jeremiah 33:11; Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 51:11
  • 49. Ezekiel 36:10, 37; Zechariah 10:8
  • 50. Isaiah 1:26
  • 51. [Genesis 49:10; Deuteronomy 18:18]
  • 52. [Genesis 49:10; Deuteronomy 18:18]
  • 53. Numbers 16:5
  • 54. Jeremiah 49:19; [Hebrews 5:4]
  • 55. Jeremiah 24:7; Jeremiah 31:1; Jeremiah 32:38; See Jeremiah 31:33; Leviticus 26:12
  • 56. Jeremiah 23:19, 20
  • 57. Jeremiah 25:32
  • 58. See Jeremiah 12:13
  • 59. Hosea 3:5

Footnotes 1

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains a prophecy of the call and conversion of the Jews in the latter day; which being a matter of moment and importance, and that it might continue, and be read hereafter, it is ordered to be written in a book, Jer 30:1,2; the thing itself is expressed by a return from captivity to their own land, Jer 30:3; but previous to this there would be most dreadful times, as never were the like, Jer 30:4-7; yet there would be a deliverance from them, and from the yoke of the oppressor; when the Jews should serve the Lord God, and the true Messiah, Jer 30:8,9; of which deliverance and salvation they are assured in the strongest terms, though all other nations should be made an end of, among whom they were, Jer 30:10,11; and though their ease might seem to be desperate, Jer 30:12-17; nevertheless they should be brought into a very comfortable and happy estate; their city rebuilt; their offspring increased; and religious worship established; and, above all, the Messiah should be made known to them as their King and Priest, and they appear to be the Lord's covenant people, Jer 30:18-22; and the chapter is concluded with threatening utter destruction to the wicked, Jer 30:23,24.

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