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he approaching captivity. (1-16) An emblem of the
consternation of the Jews. (17-20) Answers to the objections of
Verses 1-16: By the preparation for removal, and his breaking through
the wall of his house at evening, as one desirous to escape from
the enemy, the prophet signified the conduct and fate of
Zedekiah. When God has delivered us, we must glorify him and
edify others, by acknowledging our sins. Those who by
afflictions are brought to this, are made to know that God is
the Lord, and may help to bring others to know him.
Verses 17-20: The prophet must eat and drink in care and fear, with
trembling, that he might express the condition of those in
Jerusalem during the siege. When ministers speak of the ruin
coming upon sinners, they must speak as those that know the
terrors of the Lord. Afflictions are happy ones, however
grievous to flesh and blood, that improve us in the knowledge of
Verses 21-28: From that forbearance of God, which should have led them
to repent, the Jews hardened themselves in sin. It will not
serve for an excuse in speaking evil, to plead that it is a
common saying. There is but a step between us and an awful
eternity; therefore it concerns us to get ready for a future
state. No one will be able to put from himself the evil day,
unless by seeking peace with the Lord.