Chapter 24 dates from the reign of Zedekiah. Chapter 25 declares to Judah and the surrounding nations that they shall all be brought under the power of Babylon with great slaughter.
- Who are the good figs and who the bad, and what will happen to them respectively? Cf. Ezek. 11:14-20.
- 25:1-11.The fulfillment of the vision of the boiling pot (1:13-15).
Much of what is said in these verses is found in preceding chapters.
See e.g., 7:6, 7, 13; 16:9; 18:11, 16.
What, however, do you find here that is new?
- ‘The supreme factor in history for the Hebrew is the activity of the eternal God.’
Illustrate this statement from today’s portion.
Note especially 25:29. Cf. Amos 3:2; 1 Pet. 4:17, 18.
What is the correlative of special privilege?
- 25:12-14. These verses break the sequence of thought, and were possibly introduced at a later date; so also the words ‘as at this day’ in verse 18 (they are not in the LXX) and the last clause of verse 26.
- 25:23. Dedan, Tema and Buz were tribes of northern Arabia. Unlike the Jews (Lev. 19:27), they shaved the hair from the sides of their forehead. Cf. 9:26.
- 17:15. Cf. 2 Pet. 3:3, 4.