New Defender's Study Bible Notes
43:3 Baruch. Note that Jeremiah’s faithful scribe had been preserved, with Jeremiah, through all the turmoil of the preceding twenty years or so, as God had promised (Jeremiah 45:5). Both Baruch and Jeremiah were taken to Egypt against their will and advice (Jeremiah 43:5-6).
43:7 into the land of Egypt. The “Elephantine Papyri,” found in 1904 on the island of Elephantine at the first cataract in the Nile River, showed that there was indeed a large colony of Jews in Egypt around 400 B.C.
43:7 the land of Egypt. Part V of the book of Jeremiah (chapters 43–44) deals with his ministry to the refugees in Egypt. There, God made it clear, through Jeremiah, that Egypt also would fall to Nebuchadnezzar, and the apparent escape of the Jews would prove a futile and tragic mistake. This is always the ultimate outcome of deliberate rejection of the will and word of God.
43:7 Tahpanhes. This was a city in northeastern Egypt, in the Nile Delta.
43:10 his throne upon these stones. It would do no good to flee to Egypt. As Jeremiah predicted, Nebuchadnezzar did indeed soon invade and defeat Egypt, just as he had Judah.
43:13 Beth-shemesh. This city, a center of sun-worship, was known by the Greeks as Heliopolis.