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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 51:59-64

We have been long attending the judgment of Babylon in this and the foregoing chapter; now here we have the conclusion of that whole matter. 1. A copy is taken of this prophecy, it should seem by Jeremiah himself, for Baruch his scribe is not mentioned here (Jer. 51:60): Jeremiah wrote in a book all these words that are here written against Babylon. He received this notice that he might give it to all whom it might concern. It is of great advantage both to the propagating and to the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 51:60

So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon ,.... The evil of punishment predicted and threatened: this he delivered, not by word of mouth to Seraiah to relate when he came to Babylon; but he wrote it in a book for him reread; and he wrote it himself; Baruch, his amanuensis, not being now with him: even all these words that are written against Babylon ; in this and the preceding chapter: this book written by Jeremiah was a copy of them. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 51:60

Wrote in a book - Whether this book contained any more than is recorded in this place we do not know; probably it contained no more than what is found in Jeremiah 51:62-64 . A book, ספר sepher , signifies, in Hebrew, any writing, great or small. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 51:60

Verse 60 Here we see, on one hand, what courage the Prophet had, who dared to command the king’s messenger; for though Seraiah was a meek man, so as to render himself submissive, yet Jeremiah exposed himself to danger; for he might have been timid, though he was neither proud nor arrogant; and thus, as men are wont to do when terrified, he might have referred to the king what he had heard from the Prophet. Then Jeremiah did what we here read, not without danger; and hence appears his firmness.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 51:52-64

The book cast into the river. I. MEN DO NOT SUFFER FOR THEIR SINS WITHOUT WARNING FROM GOD . Seraiah was to go to Babylon and see that he read there the words of the prophecy concerning the city. God has warned us of the doom of sin, and he has sent the warning to us. We have not to search for it. It sounds in our ears. It is written large in the Bible. It is repeated in the lessons of providence. II. IF A DIVINE WARNING IS DISREGARDED IT IS USELESS... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 51:59-64

Epilogue . The word, etc. (see Jeremiah 51:61 ). Seraiah . Apparently the brother of Baruch. With Zedekiah. The Septuagint has "from Zedekiah," which is referred by Bleek and Gratz. It would thus be an embassy, of which Seraiah was the head. According to the ordinary reading, Zedekiah went himself. A quiet prince. Not so. The Hebrew means probably, "in command over the resting place," i.e. he took charge of the royal caravan, and arranged the halting places. But the Targum and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 51:60

Evil written in a book. I. THE FACT THAT EVIL IS WRITTEN AS WELL AS SPOKEN . The evils that Jehovah denounced against Babylon were such as could be written in a book, because the denunciations were not those of selfish and hasty passion, but expressed the calm wrath of a righteous God. The judgment on Babylon arose from the necessity of the position. A righteous God could not have acted otherwise. What a difference between his words in anger and our words! If all our... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 51:59-64

Historical appendix. In his fourth year Zedekiah journeyed to Babylon either to obtain some favor from Nebuchadnezzar, or because he was summoned to be present on some state occasion. Jeremiah took the opportunity of sending to the exiles at Babylon this prophecy.Jeremiah 51:59Seraiah - Brother to Baruch.A quiet prince - literally, “prince of the resting place, i. e., quartermaster.” It was his business to ride forward each day, and select the place where the king would halt and pass the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Jeremiah 51:60-62

Jeremiah 51:60-62. So Jeremiah wrote in a book Namely, in the two foregoing chapters; all the evil that should come upon Babylon This was done that it might be known even in Babylon itself that Jeremiah had foretold the destruction of that city, six years before the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem. And Jeremiah said, When thou shalt see and read all these words This is probably to be understood, not of a mere private reading of them by himself, but of his reading them to the Jews in... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 51:59-64

Jeremiah’s message sent to Babylon (51:59-64)When Jeremiah finished writing down his announcement of Babylon’s downfall, he sent it with Seraiah to be read to the exiles in Babylon. (Seraiah was the brother of Baruch and probably a court official; cf. v. 59 with 32:12.) On this occasion, Seraiah went with Zedekiah on a visit the king made to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign (59-62).After reading the scroll to the exiles, Seraiah was to tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates,... read more

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