New Defender's Study Bible Notes
29:1 carried away captives. Part I of the book of Jeremiah (chapters 1–29) is essentially chronological, consisting primarily of prophecies delivered during the successive reigns of Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. This last chapter deals with the exiles already in Babylon, exhorting them to be content in Babylon, and true to the Lord there. Part II (chapters 30–36) contains various prophecies in no particular chronological order. Altogether, the book of Jeremiah has been divided into six parts: chapters 1–29; 30–36; 37–39; 40–42; 43–44; and 45–52.
29:8 dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. Even today, dreams are little understood. Many have interpreted their dreams as God’s messages to them, and indeed God has sometimes spoken through dreams, at least in Biblical times (e.g., Genesis 41:25; Matthew 2:22). However, the Scriptures warn against trusting in dreams told by false prophets (Jeremiah 23:32; etc.). This particular verse seems to imply that many of our dreams are caused by ourselves, and so would have no particular significance.
29:10 seventy years. See Jeremiah 25:11 for the first prophecy of the seventy year captivity and exile. Here is added the promise of a return to Israel after the seventy years. Note also the references in II Chronicles 36:21 and Daniel 9:2.
29:13 find me. Although this promise was given specifically to the Israelites exiled in Babylonia, the principle is universally true. Note Hebrews 11:6, for example.
29:13 all your heart. The Lord here confirms His promise in Deuteronomy 30:1-3. A half-hearted repentance and faith will not suffice. This promise to ancient Israel applies in principle to any aspect of our relation to God. The first commandment, according to Jesus, is to love God “with all thy heart” (Matthew 22:37).
29:24 Shemaiah the Nehelemite. Shemaiah was another false prophet, mentioned only in this passage (Jeremiah 29:24-32) who opposed Jeremiah, in effect accusing him of both insanity and treason.
29:25 Zephaniah. This is not the author of the book of Zephaniah, but rather the second priest to the chief priest in the temple at the time, and one apparently in agreement with Jeremiah. He is also mentioned as having been among the final captives slain by the king of Babylon (II Kings 25:18-21).