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he taking of Jerusalem. (1-10) Jeremiah used well. (11-14)
Promises of safety to Ebed-melech. (15-18)
Verses 1-10: Jerusalem was so strong, that the inhabitants believed the
enemy could never enter it. But sin provoked God to withdraw his
protection, and then it was as weak as other cities. Zedekiah
had his eyes put out; so he was condemned to darkness who had
shut his eyes against the clear light of God's word. Those who
will not believe God's words, will be convinced by the event.
Observe the wonderful changes of Providence, how uncertain are
earthly possessions; and see the just dealings of Providence:
but whether the Lord makes men poor or rich, nothing will profit
them while they cleave to their sins.
Verses 11-14: The servants of God alone are prepared for all events;
and they are delivered and comforted, while the wicked suffer.
They often meet with more kindness from the profane, than from
hypocritical professors of godliness. The Lord will raise them
up friends, do them good, and perform all his promises.
Verses 15-18: Here is a message to assure Ebed-melech of a recompence
for his great kindness to Jeremiah. Because thou hast put thy
trust in me, saith the Lord. God recompenses men's services
according to their principles. Those who trust God in the way of
duty, as this good man did, will find that their hope shall not
fail in times of the greatest danger.