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Jeremiah 3:6 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

6. backsliding Israel ] lit. Israel “(which is) apostasy (itself).” The play on the two senses of the Hebrew verb to turn back from Yahweh, and to turn back (or return) from false gods to Him, which runs through all this passage (as far as Jer 4:1) is lost by the rendering “backsliding.” See Dr. p. 340.

hath done ] rather did (and so for the following verbs, went up … there played). Samaria had fallen, c. b.c. 722.

6 18. Dr. (with Co. and others) points out that here the word “Israel” is used in its restricted sense for the ten tribes, whereas in Jer 2:1 to Jer 3:5 it meant the people as a whole, and he infers that the passage, though (apart from certain insertions) genuine and of the age of Josiah, has been inserted from some other context, so that Jer 3:19 should follow immediately on Jer 3:5. Jeremiah’s general reasoning here is: Israel, though guilty, is less so than Judah, who, in defiance of the warning afforded by her sister’s exile, has since plunged deeper into sin. If then Judah may still avert overthrow by repentance and amendment, how much more Israel?

Chs. Jer 3:6 to Jer 4:4. Conditional offers of restoration

We may subdivide thus.

(1) Jer 3:6-18. The ten tribes as less guilty than Judah are invited to repent and return. (2) Jer 3:19 to Jer 4:4. The invitation includes the whole nation, on a like condition.

Consult other comments:

Jeremiah 3:6 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Jeremiah 3:6 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Jeremiah 3:6 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Jeremiah 3:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Jeremiah 3:6 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Jeremiah 3:6 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Jeremiah 3:6 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Jeremiah 3:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Jeremiah 3:6 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Jeremiah 3:6 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Jeremiah 3:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Jeremiah 3:6 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Jeremiah 3:6 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Jeremiah 3:6 - Geneva Bible Notes

Jeremiah 3:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jeremiah 3:6 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Jeremiah 3:6 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Jeremiah 3:6 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Jeremiah 3:6 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Jeremiah 3:6 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Jeremiah 3:6 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Jeremiah 3:6 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Jeremiah 3:6 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Jeremiah 3:6 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Jeremiah 3:6 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Jeremiah 3:6 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Jeremiah 3:6 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Jeremiah 3:6 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Jeremiah 3:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Jeremiah 3:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Jeremiah 3:6 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Jeremiah 3:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Jeremiah 3:6 - Combined Bible Commentary

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