1: Then (or, And) the Lord said to me, “Though Moses and Samuel stood before Me (see Ps.99:6. and Ezek.14:14. where other names are thus connected. See also Ex. 17:11; 32:11. Num. 14:13. 1 Sam. 7:9; 8:6; 12:16-23), yet My soul could not be toward this People: cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.
2: And it shall come to pass, if they say to you, ‘to which place shall we go forth?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord; Such as are for death (see 43:9-11. 2 Sam. 12:21; 8:2. Cp. Rev. 13:10), to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.’
3: And I will appoint over them four kinds (see Lev.26:16), [is] the Lord's oracle: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
4: And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth (see eut.28:25), because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah (see 2 Kings 21:3, &c.), for that which he did in Jerusalem.
5: For who shall have pity upon you, O Jerusalem? or who shall bemoan you? or who shall go aside to ask of your welfare?
6: You have forsaken Me, [is] the Lord's oracle, you are gone backward: therefore will I stretch out My hand against you, and destroy you; I am weary with repenting.
7: And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land (put for cities, or for the outlet of the land); I will bereave them of sons, I will destroy My People, since they return not from their ways.
8: Their widows are increased to Me above the sand of the seas: I have brought upon them against the mother of the young men (choice ones, or warriors) a spoiler at noonday: I have let fall upon her [the mother], suddenly, anguish and terror. (One MS. adds, "Woe to us! for the day declines, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out", as in Ch. 6:4)
9: She that has borne the seven languishes (not even these will suffice): she has breathed out her soul; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she has been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I give to the sword before their enemies, [is] the Lord's oracle.”
D w 10. Complaint of Jeremiah. x 11-14. Promise of Yahaveh. w 15-18. complaint of Jeremiah. x 19-21. Promise of Yahaveh.
10: Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury (see Ex.22:25), nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them does curse me. (Jeremiah followed God's instructions and told the children of Israel that they would go into the captivity of the king of Babylon. The reaction of the people was much the same as when you tell others that the antichrist will come before the True Messiah returns. Jeremiah was sowing strife and discord among the brethren; however, he was teaching the truth.)
11: The Lord said, “Verily it shall be well with thy remnant (i.e. Israel's); verily I will cause the enemy to entreat you well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction. (The king of Babylon treated Jeremiah well at the command of God.)
12: Shall iron break the northern iron and the bronze? (This is talking about the king of Babylon. You can't beat him with iron. The only way to beat him is with God on your side.)
13: Your substance and your treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders.
14: And I will make you to pass with your enemies into (some codices read, "make you serve with your enemies in) a land which you know not: for a fire is kindled in My anger (see Deut. 32:22), which shall burn upon you.” (Jeremiah would be allowed to leave and travel to Egypt. He would eventually see that the 3 daughters of Zedekiah would find safety in Ireland, which is documented by historical accounts. What's the point? God kept His promises to Jeremiah, and He will keep His promises to you.)
15: O Lord, You know: remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in Your long-suffering: know that for Your sake I have suffered reproach.
16: Your words were discovered (in the 18th year of Josiah, 513 B.C.. Heb. mâzâ. Not used of revelation. See 2 Kings 22:8. 2 Chron. 34:14,15), and I did eat them; and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for Your name was called upon me (only those thus called feed upon Yehovah's words, and suffer reproach, v.15. Cp. John 17:14. By what name will you be called in the time of trouble to come? I hope it is by the name of the True Messiah, not the fake), O Lord the God of hosts.
17: I sat not in the assembly of the merry-makers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of Your hand (put for guidance): for You have filled me with indignation. (Does you righteous indignation flare up when you see what is happening in the world today?)
18: Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? will You be altogether to me as a deceitful [brook] (fig., put for as a brook that disappoints), and as waters that fail? (Jeremiah had a bit of a "poor me baby" attitude at this point. The truth of the Living Water will never fail)
19: Therefore thus says the Lord, “If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shall stand before Me (i.e. as My servant. Cp. 1 Kings 18:15. 2 Kings 3:14): and if you take forth the precious from the vile (see Lev. 10:10), you shall be as My mouth: let them return to you; but do not return to them. (God is telling Jeremiah to stay with Him and to allow the Word of God to separate His precious children from the vile which are an abomination. Will you stand with Him, or will you return to them that are deceived.)
20: And I will make you to this People a fenced brazen wall (cp. 1:18,19; 6:27): and they shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you: for I am with you to save you and to rescue, [is] the Lord's oracle. (Teaching God's Word is not sowing discord. You see, those that are offended by God's Word are the ones with the problem. Those that stand with God have the victory and His blessings.)
21: And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked ones, and I will redeem you (by power. See Ex.6:6 and 13:13) out of the hand of the terrible.” (You have no need to fear antichrist. Just as God delivered Jeremiah out of the hand of the king of Babylon, He promised that He would deliver you out of the hand of the terrible, that is to say antichrist. Teach God's Word boldly! If it causes discord among the biblically illiterate, so be it.)