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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 32:1-15

It appears by the date of this chapter that we are now coming very nigh to that fatal year which completed the desolations of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. God's judgments came gradually upon them, but, they not meeting him by repentance in the way of his judgments, he proceeded in his controversy till all was laid waste, which was in the eleventh year of Zedekiah; now what is here recorded happened in the tenth. The king of Babylon's army had now invested Jerusalem and was carrying on... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 32:9

And I bought the field of Hanameel mine uncle's son; that was in Anathoth ,.... The prophet agreed with his cousin to take his field of him, at a certain price hereafter mentioned; which may seem strange in one that was a poor prophet, now a prisoner, and the land just going to be subject to the Chaldeans: but the design of this was to show that there would be a return from captivity, when houses and fields should be bought and sold again, of which this was a pledge: and weighed him the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 32:10

And I subscribed the evidence ,.... Or, "wrote in a book" F21 ואכתב בספר "et scripsi in libro", V. L. Munster, Pagninus, Montanus; "in libello", Cocceius. ; the instrument or bill of sale, the deed of purchase; which described the field sold, and expressed the condition on which the purchase was made; and by subscribing it he agreed to it, and laid himself under obligation to perform it: and sealed it ; for the further confirmation of it: and took witnesses ; to be... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 32:9

Weighed him the money - It does not appear that there was any coined or stamped money among the Jews before the captivity; the Scripture, therefore, never speaks of counting money, but of weighing it. Seventeen shekels of silver - The shekel at this time must have been a nominal coin; it was a thing of a certain weight, or a certain worth. Seventeen shekels was the weight of the silver paid: but it might have been in one ingot, or piece. The shekel has been valued at from two shillings... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 32:10

I subscribed the evidence - We have here all the circumstances of this legal act: An offer is made of the reversion of the ground, till the jubilee, to him who would then of right come into possession. The price is agreed on, and the silver weighed in the balances. A contract or deed of sale is drawn up, to which both parties agreeing, Witnesses are brought forward to see it signed and sealed; for the contract was both subscribed and sealed. A duplicate of the deed was drawn,... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 32:9

Verse 9 He afterwards adds, that he bought the field of Hanameel his uncle’s son, which was in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin There is nothing superfluous in these words, for though the Prophet speaks of places well known, yet he had a regard to the time of the purchase, for the land of Benjamin was then in the power of enemies: the Jews had been reduced to such straits that they were not safe at Jerusalem. Anathoth was a village, as it was well known, exposed to the ravages of enemies, and... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 32:10

Verse 10 It may now be asked, how could Hanameel, who was of the Levitical order, sell a field, for we know that fields did not belong to the Levites, and that they had tithes for their inheritance. (Numbers 18:21) But this is to be taken for a suburban field, for they had the suburbs, and each had a meadow: they neither ploughed nor reaped, nor was it indeed lawful for them, according to the law, to labor in agriculture, but they fed cattle and sheep: and this is proved by the smallness of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 32:1-44

A story of God's sustaining grace. This whole chapter may be summed up under some such heading as this. For it begins with showing us God's servant Jeremiah in a position in which he sorely needed sustaining grace, and then it proceeds to narrate the threefold process by which this grace was communicated to him. The manner in which God sustained Jeremiah is very much akin to that in which he will sustain all his servants who may be in similar need. If any be so now, let them give heed to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 32:6-9

Faith tested by action. Jerusalem is besieged; the fields are occupied by the invader; Jeremiah knows that the Jews will be driven from their country; he is a prisoner. Yet he buys of piece of land! The transaction is carried out calmly, carefully, with all legal exactitude, and every precaution against future mistakes as to ownership, just as if the prophet were at liberty to enter into possession and enjoy his purchase without fear of molestation. His conduct is striking; to those who... read more

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