New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:1 children of Benjamin. Here was a special warning to those whom Jeremiah considered his own people. Although he was himself a priest of the tribe of Levi, he and his father had lived among the Benjamites in Anathoth, a city of Benjamin (Jeremiah 1:1).
6:4 Prepare ye war. The Hebrew word for “prepare” implies ritualistic preparations, evidently calling on their own pagan gods for aid in subjugating Jerusalem. Jeremiah 6:3-7 suggests that God Himself is directing the invaders against His people, as punishment for their sins.
6:14 saying, Peace, peace. The false prophets of Judah were assuring the people that they were safe in their sins, only “slightly” rebuking them, just as do many modern religious leaders. There may be outward freedom from calamity for a time, but there can be no real peace among men until there is true peace between men and God.
6:16 the good way. Not everything that is new is good, although that is commonly the opinion held by each rising generation. Very often, and this may be poignantly true today, “the old paths” constitute “the good way,” where there is “rest for your souls.”