Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
jer 35:1The word - This is another evidence that the prophecies of this book are not left us in that order wherein they were delivered; for those which we had in the two or three foregoing chapters being in the time of Zedekiah, must needs be ten or eleven years after this.
jer 35:2Rechabites - These Rechabites had their name from Rechab their father, descended from Hemath, a Kenite, who is also called Hobab, Jdg 4:11, or Jethro the father in law of Moses.
jer 35:4Igdaliah - A prophet. The princes - The chamber were the princes were wont to meet.
jer 35:6Jonadab - Jonadab of whom we read, Kg2 10:15, was the father, that is the progenitor of the Rechabites, at three hundred years distance.
jer 35:7That ye may live - Jonadab cautions his sons by a thrifty, sober, laborious life, to which they had been bred, in keeping flocks, to avoid any thing which might expose them to the envy or hatred of the people amongst whom they were come to sojourn.
jer 35:10Tents - Moveable habitations, which they could with little labour remove to feed their flocks.
jer 35:19For ever - For ever here signifies the ever of the Jewish state, or church.