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Jeremiah 29:11

 

PLANS - HEBREW - "MACHASHEBETH" - (makh-ash-eh-beth)

 
"I know the PLANS that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope." Jeremiah 29:11
 
 
LEXICONS
 
STRONG'S - #4284 - plan, cunning, work, imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought.
DAVIES MITCHELL - thought or purpose
DR. A. S. WALDSTEIN - device, plan, intention, thought, skill
GEORG FOHRER - thought, intention, plan; invention
LEOPOLD'S - thought, design, project, work of art, ingenuity, thought, meditate, consider.
BROWN, DRIVER, BRIGGS, GESENIUS - thought, device, plan, purpose
HARKAVY - device, plan, intention, thought
PARKHURST'S - To add, superadd, one thing to another, to put together. Reckoning, meditation, contemplation, series of thoughts.
 
 
COMMENTARIES
 
CLARKE'S COMM. - Here God gives them to understand: 1) That His love was moved towards them. 2) That He would perform His good word, His promises often repeated, to them.
 
BENSON'S COMM. - And God's works agree exactly with His thoughts; for He doeth all things according to the counsel of His own will.
 
WORDSWORTH - This is, not only to give you (Israel) the benefit of an exit from your captivity, and a restoration to Jerusalem, but also to give you the blessing of hope, by which you will be cheered in your exile expectation of better for the future.
JOHN TRAPP - God's thoughts run upon His children, the children of affliction especially, as a father's do upon his dear children.
 
ELLICOTT'S - Better, to give you a future (that which is to be hereafter) and a hope. This is the literal rendering of the words, and it is far more expressive than that of the English Version. An "expected end" may be one from which we shrink in fear or dislike. Each word, in the amended translation has its full meaning. The "future" tells them that their history as a people is not yet over; the "hope" that there is a better time in store for them. To wait for that future, instead of trusting in delusive assurances of immediate release, was the true wisdom of the exiles.
 
SCOTT'S BIBLE - The Lord had His plan before Him, and neither the impatience of the Jews, nor the power of the Chaldeans, could alter it. He had determined, that the Chaldeans monarchy should continue till the seventy years expired, and so long the Jews must remain in captivity. But He had "thoughts of peace", and "not of evil", to those that were already at Babylon. These calamities were intended for their profit, and He would in due time, give them that happy deliverance which they expected, or "a latter end, even a hope."
 
E. M. ZERR - "Thoughts" and "think" have the same meaning except as to grammatical form, the first being a noun and the other a verb. The clause means that God understood what He was planning concerning His people. The plots referred to the restoration of the people of God to their own country.
 
CALVIN'S COMM. - And when they were driven into exile, they were extremely credulous when the false prophets promised them a quick return; while, in the meantime, God, by His servants, shewed to them that He would be gracious to them, and after seventy years would become their deliverer; but they were deaf to all these things...they rejected with disdain all these promises...This, then, is the reason why the Prophet now speaks so largely of their future redemption; it was difficult to persuade the Jews; for as they thought that they would soon return to their own country, they could not endure delay, nor exercise the patience which God commanded. He therefore says, "I know that thoughts which I think towards you" Some think that God claims here, as what peculiarly belongs to Him, the foreknowledge of future things; but this is foreign tot he Prophet's meaning. There is here, on the contrary, an implied contrast in which the Jews indulged themselves...The Prophet's object was no other than to show, that the Jews ought to have surrendered themselves to God, and not to seek to be so acute as to understand how this or that would be done, but to feel convinced that what God had decreed could not be changed.
 
ALLEMAN & FLACK - Jehovah is represented as speaking directly to Israel with reference to the happy age to come. The nation is confronted with promised salvation, a time without fear, of freedom, return and peace.
 
DR. THEO. LAETSCH - He, the everlasting I am that I am, never does anything inconsiderately. His actions are not the whims and caprices of a despot; they are well-considered plans, eternally conceived, never forgotten, invariably carried out in due time. And He is the Covenant God of unchanging grace. His plans concerning His people are always thoughts of good, of blessing. Even if He is obliged to use the rod, it is the rod not of wrath, but the Father's rod of chastisement for their temporal and eternal welfare. There is not a single item of evil in His plans for His people, neither in their motive, not in their conception, no in their revelation, not in their consummation. All is good, all is blessing. His purpose is to give them and "expected end"; literally, an end and hope.
 
PAUL KRETZMANN - The Lord shows in just what manner the Jews would continue in the course. First in vain confidence, relying upon the empty promises of the false prophets. Then, in deepest despondency, believing that they were doomed to extermination. Finally, in true repentance, when they would be accepted by the Lord.
 
D'OYLY AND MANT'S - I know what I have decreed concerning you, favour and deliverance in my appointed time. Not extermination and destruction. So that you shall at the last have that happy issue which you desire and expect.
WESTMINSTER SERIES - God's purposes for Israel are for their well being and at the latter end the misfortunes of the nation will be seen to have been part of its necessary training.
 
CENTURY BIBLE - Although the long delay may give the impression that the Lord's attitude to Judah is one of settled hostility He has from the very beginning of her misfortune entertained purposes of granting her a future and a hope. That is a future full of hope. Isaiah 40:27, the people will say, "My way is hid from the Lord," but His wrath does not hide from His ultimate goal of mercy, He keeps it steadily in view all the time.
 
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE - You may think me unheeding and indifferent but I know to the contrary. "I know" is a pronoun that is emphatic in the original.
 
MATTHEW POOLE - This deliverance will not depend upon your merits, but upon my own mercy and kind thoughts and purposes. I am resolved in my own thoughts what to do.
 
BROADMAN BIBLE - God has plans for you, plans which He is making, plans for welfare, well being, resulting from rich harmonious relationships, plans for a future of hope.
 
MATTHEW HENRY - He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, nor the expectations of their fancies, but the expectation of their faith, the results He has promised and which will turn for the best to Him. We often do not know our own thoughts, nor know our own mind. God is never at any uncertainty within Himself. We are sometimes ready to fear that God's designs concerning us are all against us. He knows the contrary concerning His people. They are thoughts of good not of evil. His thoughts are all working towards the expected end, which He will give in due time.
 
SPEAKER'S COMM. - A promise that the nation shall not come to an end, but that the exile shall be followed by a restoration. This future is the era of the second temple. This was also their hope, namely, to be once again a nation.
 
LANGE'S COMM. - The Lord sets before the people not merely a future of outward prosperity but above all a future of internal welfare, without which the former would be altogether inconceivable.
 
IRONSIDE - That which they desired was also His desire for them. The looked for end should surely come, but only in His own time. How precious thus to learn of God's intimate concern in the welfare of each saint. His thoughts toward those who are redeemed by the precious blood of the Son of His love are ever thoughts of peace never of evil. (Ps. 139:17-18) But we must never forget what He declared in Isaiah 55:8-9, though He permits sorrow and disaster to beset our footsteps, He will at last guide us unto our destined haven where "There remaineth a rest for the people of God."
 
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN - I alone, not the false prophets, who know nothing of my purposes, though they pretend to know, know the "expected end". The Jews, who had no "thoughts of peace," but only thoughts of evil (misfortune), because they could not conceive how deliverance could come to them. The moral malady of man is two-fold, at one time vain confidence, then, when that is disappointed, despair.
 
DR. GILL - These thoughts were concerning the temporal peace and prosperity of the Jews in Babylon and not of any thing to their hurt, yea, even their captivity was for their good, and thoughts concerning His spiritual Israel, their peace and reconciliation with God, and the manner of bringing it about, by the blood, suffering, and death of His Son.
 
CLYDE T. FRANCISCO - Although Jeremiah saw no chance of relief for the present, he was confident of the future. God would not rest until His will for His people was realized. The real prophet is often overwhelmed with despair when he looks about him, but his faith always look up to God.