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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Jeremiah 21:8-10

Jeremiah 21:8-10. And unto this people thou shalt say, &c. By the civil message which the king sent to Jeremiah it appeared that both he and the people began to have respect for him; but the reply which God obliged him to make was sufficient to crush that little respect, and to exasperate them against him more than ever. Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death Both the law and the prophets had often set before them life and death in another sense; life, if they... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 21:1-10

21:1-25:38 WARNINGS TO KINGS AND FALSE PROPHETSA message for Zedekiah (21:1-10)This message was given late in the reign of Judah’s last king, Zedekiah. Jerusalem was under its last great siege, which resulted in its fall and destruction in 587 BC. The king sent to Jeremiah and asked that he would pray to God to save Jerusalem from the Babylonians (21:1-2). Jeremiah replies that God will not save Jerusalem but will fight for the Babylonians (Chaldeans) against Jerusalem. Many of the people... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Jeremiah 21:8

I set before you, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 30:19 ). life . . . death. Note the' Introversion in Jeremiah 21:9 , "die . . . live". read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Jeremiah 21:8

GOD'S MESSAGE TO THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM (JER. 21:8-10)"And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He that abideth in the city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he that goeth out and passeth over to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him a prey. For I have set my face upon this city for evil, and not for good, saith Jehovah: it shall be... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 21:8

8. "Life," if ye surrender; "death," if ye persist in opposing the Chaldees (compare Deuteronomy 30:19). The individuality of Jeremiah's mission from God is shown in that he urges to unconditional surrender; whereas all former prophets had urged the people to oppose their invaders (Isaiah 7:16; Isaiah 37:33; Isaiah 37:35). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Jeremiah 21:1-10

Zedekiah’s request and Jeremiah’s response 21:1-10This passage probably dates from the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 588-586 B.C. (Jeremiah 21:2; Jeremiah 21:4; cf. 2 Kings 25). King Zedekiah sought advice from Jeremiah more than once (cf. Jeremiah 37:3-10; Jeremiah 37:17-21; Jeremiah 38:14-28). This passage consists of two oracles (Jeremiah 21:1-10). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Jeremiah 21:8

The prophet also received another message from the Lord. Yahweh was going to give the people the choice of living or dying (cf. Deuteronomy 30:15; Deuteronomy 30:19; Matthew 7:13-14). read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 21:1-10

Jeremiah’s Twelfth Prophecy (Reign of Zedekiah during the Siege). Zedekiah’s RollThis chapter commences a new division of the book extending to the end of Jeremiah 24. We pass from the time of Jehoiakim to that of the last king of Judah, when Jerusalem was attacked by the Chaldeans. The city must be taken, but surrender may still ensure safety.1-10. The king’s appeal to the prophet, and the reply.1. Pashur] see on Jeremiah 20:2. Zephaniah] mentioned again Jeremiah 29:25; Jeremiah 37:3; Jeremiah... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Jeremiah 21:8

(8) The way of life, and the way of death.—The words are not unlike those of Deuteronomy 11:26-27; Deuteronomy 30:15; Deuteronomy 30:19, but there is something like a solemn irony in their application here. They obviously present themselves, not with the wide spiritual application with which they meet us there, but are to be taken in their lowest and most literal sense. The “way of life” is no longer that way of righteousness which the men of Judah had forsaken, leading to the life of eternal... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 21:1-10

CHAPTER XIA BROKEN COVENANTJeremiah 21:1-10, Jeremiah 34:1-22, Jeremiah 37:1-10"All the princes and peoplechanged their minds and reduced to bondage again all the slaves whom they had set free." Jeremiah 34:10-11IN our previous chapter we saw that, at the point where the fragmentary record of the abortive conspiracy in the fourth year of Zedekiah came to an abrupt conclusion, Jeremiah seemed to have regained the ascendency he enjoyed under Josiah. The Jewish government had relinquished their... read more

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