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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Jeremiah 12

Verse 1

Righteous, &c. Figure of speech Synchoresis. App-6 .

LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 . "Wherefore . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis.

wicked = lawless. Hebrew. rasha'. App-44 . deal very treacherously. Figure of speech Polyptoton. Hebrew are traitors of treachery = are utter traitors.

Verse 2

near. Anathoth was a city of priests.

mouth. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), for the words uttered by it.

reins = kidneys. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), App-6 , for the affections.

Verse 3

prepare = separate, or devote.

Verse 4

How long . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis .

wickedness = lawlessness. Hebrew. rasha'. App-44 .

Verse 5

trustedst = confidedst. Hebrew. batah. App-69 .

swelling. Hebrew pride. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for proud beasts in the undergrowth on the banks of the Jordan. See Jeremiah 49:19 ; Jeremiah 50:44 , and compare Job 41:34 .

Verse 6

called = called loudly.

Verse 7

the dearly beloved. Hebrew love. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for one loved.

My soul = I Myself (emphatic). Hebrew. nephesh. App-13 . Figure of speech Anthropopatheia.

Verse 8

is = is become.

Verse 9

speckled bird = a bird of prey.

Verse 10

pastors. Used of rulers. See note on Jer 2:80 ; Jeremiah 3:15 .

My portion. One Codex (Dr. Ginsburg's "G. 1") reads "My possession".

pleasant portion. Hebrew portion of desire = my desired portion.

Verse 11

man. Hebrew. 'ish . App-14 .

Verse 12

high = eminent.

Verse 13

but. Some codices, with three early printed editions, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "but" in the text.

revenues = produce.

Verse 14

neighbours. Egypt, Edom, Philistia, Amnion, and Moab.

to inherit. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 32:13 ). App-92 .

Verse 15

them. Authorized Version 1611 omits this word.

every man. Hebrew. 'ish . App-14 .

Verse 16

as = according as.

built = rebuilt. See note on Numbers 13:22 .

Verse 17

obey = hearken.

saith the LORD = [is] Jehovah's oracle. 7-13. The beloved People. Themselves. 14-17. The beloved People. Their enemies.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Jeremiah 12". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.