Jer 29:1
29:1 Now these [are] the words of the letter that Jeremiah the
     prophet sent from Jerusalem to {a} the rest of the elders
     who were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to
     the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had
     carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

     (a) For some died in the way.

Jer 29:2
29:2 (After Jeconiah the king, and the {b} queen, and the
     eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the
     craftsmen, and the smiths, had departed from Jerusalem;)

     (b) Meaning Jeconiah's mother.

Jer 29:3
29:3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the
     son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah {c} sent to
     Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,

     (c) To entreat of some equal condition.

Jer 29:4
29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all
     that are carried away captives, whom I have {d} caused to
     be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon;

     (d) That is, the Lord whose work this was.

Jer 29:7
29:7 And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to
     be carried away captives, and {e} pray to the LORD for it:
     for in the peace of it ye shall have peace.

     (e) The prophet does not speak this for the affection that
         he bore to the tyrant, but that they should pray for
         the common rest and quietness that their troubles might
         not be increased, and that they might with more
         patience and less grief wait for the time of their
         deliverance, which God had appointed most certain: for
         not only the Israelites but all the world yea and the
         insensible creatures would rejoice when these tyrants
         would be destroyed, as in Isa 24:4.

Jer 29:13
29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search
      for me with all {f} your heart.

      (f) When your oppression will be great, and your
          afflictions cause you to repent your disobedience and
          also when the seventy years of your captivity will be
          expired, 2Ch 36:22, Ezr 1:1, Jer 25:12, Da 9:2.

Jer 29:15
29:15 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised up for us {g}
      prophets in Babylon;

      (g) As Ahab, Zedekiah and Shemaiah.

Jer 29:17
29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon
      them the {h} sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and
      will make them like vile {i} figs, that cannot be eaten,
      they are so bad.

      (h) By which he assures them that there will be no hope of
          returning before the appointed time.
      (i) According to the comparison, Jer 24:1,2.

Jer 29:18
29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine,
      and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be
      removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be {k} a
      curse, and an horror, and an hissing, and a reproach,
      among all the nations where I have driven them:

      (k) Read Jer 26:6.

Jer 29:19
29:19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the
      LORD, which I sent to them by my servants the prophets,
      {l} rising early and sending [them]; but ye would not
      hear, saith the LORD.

      (l) Read Jer 7:13,25:3,26:5.

Jer 29:22
29:22 And concerning them shall be taken up a curse by all the
      captivity of Judah who [are] in Babylon, saying, The LORD
      make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of
      Babylon roasted {m} in the fire;

      (m) Because they gave the people hope of speedy returning.

Jer 29:23
29:23 Because they have committed {n} villany in Israel, and
      have committed adultery with their neighbour's wives, and
      have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not
      commanded them; even I know, and [am] a witness, saith the

      (n) Which was adultery and falsifying the word of God.

Jer 29:26
29:26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of {o}
      Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the
      house of the LORD, for every man [that is] mad, and maketh
      himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison,
      and in the stocks.

      (o) Shemaiah the false prophet flatters Zephaniah the
          chief priest as though God had given him the spirit
          and zeal of Jehoiada to punish whoever trespassed
          against the word of God, of that he would have made
          Jeremiah one, calling him a raver and a false prophet.

Jer 29:32
29:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish
      Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a
      man {p} to dwell among this people; neither shall he
      behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the
      LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD.

      (p) He and his seed will be destroyed so that none of them
          would see the blessing of this deliverance.