24.2 The good figs were the ones that submitted and followed God's discipline. The end was to be good for them. The bad figs were those who, in the often repeated words of Jeremiah, stubbornly followed their own hearts, and ran from God's path for them.
24.7 I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord... This is a great prayer for us too. Lord give me a heart to know that you are the LORD.
24.7 with their whole heart... That is what God desires, our whole heart.
25.3 23 years us a long time to preach and people not listen.
25.9 king of Babylon, My servant... It is a big thought that a heathen king is God's servant. So, I am thinking of how modern world political figures play into that mode or function.
25.14 I will recompense them according to their deeds... The mystery of God's sovereignty and man's free will or responsibility. God's purpose and promises are served my man's choices and then man receives the just deserts of his choices.
25.20 This is the ancient land where Job lived, sometime after the Flood.
It is mentioned in the Bible in these three verses: 1:1; Jer. 25:20; Lam. 4:21.
It may have been named after Uz, the son of Aram, who settled this region. Genesis 36:20-21 seems to indicate that this area was conquered by Horites and eventually Edomites, and became known as Edom (Lamentations 4:21). ----WebBible Encyclopedia… a free service of Eden Communications (provider of ChristianAnswers.Net) / Copyright © 2000-2010, Eden Communications.
25.23 Dedan... An Arabian people named in Genesis 10:7 as descended from Cush; in Genesis 25:3 as descended from Keturah. Evidently, they were, like the related Sheba (Sabaeans), of mixed race (compare Genesis 10:7,28). In Isaiah 21:13 allusion is made to the "caravans of Dedanites" in the wilds of Arabia, and Eze mentions them as supplying Tyre with precious things (Ezekiel 27:20; in verse 15, "Dedan" should probably be read as in Septuagint, "Rodan," i.e. Rhodians). The name seems still to linger in the island of Dadan, on the border of the Persian Gulf. It is found also in Min. and Sab. inscriptions (Glazer, II, 392). -- D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'DEDAN; DEDANITES'". International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915
Tema... te'-ma (tema', "south country"; Thaiman): The name of a son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:15; 1 Chronicles 1:30), of the tribe descended from him (Jeremiah 25:23), and of the place where they dwelt (Job 6:19; Isaiah 21:14). This last was a locality in Arabia which probably corresponds to the modern Teima' (or Tayma' (see Doughty, Arabia Deserta, I, 285)), an oasis which lies about 200 miles North of el-Medina, and some 40 miles South of Dumat el-Jandal (Dumah), now known as el-Jauf. It is on the ancient caravan road connecting the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Aqaba; and doubtless the people took a share in the carrying trade (Job 6:19). The wells of the oasis still attract the wanderers from the parched wastes (Isaiah 21:14). Doughty (loc. cit.) describes the ruins of the old city wall, some 3 miles in circuit. An Aramaic stele recently discovered, belonging to the 6th century BC, shows the influence of Assyrian article The place is mentioned in the cuneiform inscriptions (Schrader, KAT2, 149). W. Ewing Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'TEMA'". International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915
buz... buz, bu'-zi, buz'-it ( buz): (1) Second son of Nahor (Genesis 22:21). The word occurs again in Jeremiah 25:23, by the side of Dedan (Genesis 10:7) and Tema (Genesis 25:15), and is probably, therefore, the name of a people living in the neighborhood of Edom. Buz and Hazo (Genesis 22:22) are probably the countries of Bazu and Chazu (the former described as full of snakes and scorpions), which Esarhaddon invaded (KB, II, 131). Horace J. Wolf Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'BUZ; BUZI; BUZITE'".International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.
cut the corners of their hair... NET Bible translation notes for Jeremiah 9.26: Heb “all those who are cut off on the side of the head who live in the desert.” KJV and some other English versions (e.g., NIV “who live in the desert in distant places”; NLT “who live in distant places”) have followed the interpretation that this is a biform of an expression meaning “end or remote parts of the [far] corners [of the earth].” This interpretation is generally abandoned by the more recent commentaries and lexicons. It occurs also in 25:33; 49:32.
I don't really know whether if refers the style of hair or location. I don't really have a good way of finding out how all these people cut their hair. The expressions seems to be a general summary statement to include a larger group on nations of which these are examples.
25.33 that day... This confirms a "end times" kind of future fulfillment. It would seem that "that day" could be The Day of the Lord.
26.2 all the words... This highlights the tendency of preachers to "pull their punches."
26.2 This verse speaks to our responsibility to and the possibility we will respond and God's willingness to "relent."
26.18 Micah the Moresheth... was a contemporary of Isaiah (compare Mic 1:1 with Isa 1:1) from the country town of Moresheth in the hill country southwest of Jerusalem. The prophecy referred to is found in Mic 3:12. This is the only time in the OT where an OT prophet is quoted verbatim and identified. --NET Bible translation notes for Jer. 26.17
26.24 Ahikam... Meaning: brother of support = helper. This was the name of one of the five men that Josiah sent to consult the prophetess Huldah in connection with the discovery of the book of the law (2 Kings 22:12-14; 2 Chr. 34:20). He was the son of Shaphan, the royal secretary, and the father of Gedaliah, governor of Judea after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians (2 Kings 25:22; Jer. 40:5-16; 43:6). On one occasion he protected Jeremiah against the fury of Jehoiakim (Jer. 26:24). It was in the chamber of another son (Germariah) of Shaphan that Baruch read in the ears of all the people Jeremiah's roll. ----WebBible Encyclopedia… a free service of Eden Communications (provider of ChristianAnswers.Net) / Copyright © 2000-2010, Eden Communications.
What a great ministry! to be a Ahikam, and provide cover and protection for God's servants. May God have a host of Ahikams.
Dr. Thomas Constable has a neat chart about Shaphan's grandsons at the end of chapter 26 http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes/pdf/jeremiah.pdf
Interesting, everybody, not just Judah was supposed to "serve" the king of Babylon.
I am still remembering 26.17-13 and wondering what promted Hananiah to say that stuff.
29.9 I didn't send them... It makes you wonder why He let them prophecy, and I am still thinking about why they would be saying that the captivity would end so soon. Was it pandering, did they see something in world events, or were they just wacked?
29.32 spoken rebellion against the Lord... I continue to be struck by what the Lord was asking them to do (not because they didn't deserve it), and by the opposition.