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Jerusalem is taken, ver. 1 - 4.
Zedekiah taken and sentenced, ver. 5 - 7.
Nebuzaradan burns the city, breaks down the walls,
and carries away the spoils, with most of the people, ver. 3 - 17.
The chief officers are put to death, ver. 18 - 21.
The very remnant of the people is scattered, ver. 22 - 26.
Jehoiachin is countenanced, after thirty seven years imprisonment,
ver. 27 - 30.
1: Came - To chastise Zedekiah for his rebellion and perjury.
Built - To keep all supplies of men or provisions from entering into the
city: and that from thence they might shoot darts, or arrows, or stones.
3: The people - For the common people, but only for the great men.
Now they eat their own children for want of food, (La 4:3), &c.
Jeremiah in this extremity, earnestly persuaded the king to surrender;
but his heart was hardened to his destruction.
6: Riblah - Where Nebuchadnezzar staid, that he might both supply
the besiegers with men, and military provisions, as their occasions
required; and have an eye to Chaldea, to prevent or suppress any
commotions which might happen there in his absence. They - The king's
officers appointed thereunto, examined his cause, and passed the
following sentence against him.
7: Slew, &c. - Tho' they were but children, that this spectacle, the
last he was to behold, might leave a remaining impression of grief and
horror upon his spirit. And in slaying his sons they in effect declared,
that the kingdom was no more, and that he nor any of his breed were fit
to be trusted: therefore not fit to live. Babylon - Thus two prophecies
were fulfilled, which seemed contrary one to the other, that he should
go to Babylon, (Jer 32:5,34:3),
and that he should never see Babylon: which seeming contradiction,
because Zedekiah the false prophet could not reconcile, he concluded
both were false, and it seems Zedekiah the king might stumble at this
8: Months, &c. - So the Chaldeans did not put all to fire and
sword, as soon as they had taken the city: but about a month after,
orders were sent, to compleat the destruction of it. This space God
gave them to repent after all the foregoing days of his patience.
But in vain; they still hardened their hearts: and therefore execution
is awarded to the utmost.
9: Burnt the house of the Lord - One of the apocryphal writers tells
us, that Jeremiah got the ark out of the temple, and conveyed it to
a cave in mount Nebo, 2Macc 2:4,5. But this is like the other
tales of that author, who has no regard either to truth or probability.
For Jeremiah was at this time a close prisoner. By the burning of the
temple God would shew, how little he cares for the outward pomp of his
worship, when the life and power of religion are gone. About four hundred
and thirty years the temple of Solomon had stood. And it is observed
by Josephus, that the second temple was burnt by the Romans, the same
month, and the same day of the month, that the first temple was burnt
by the Chaldeans.
11: People - Whom neither the sword nor famine had destroyed, who
were eight hundred and thirty two persons, (Jer 52:29), being members
and traders of that city: for it is likely, there were very many more
of the country people fled thither, who were left with others of their
brethren to manure the land. Multitude - Of the inhabitants of the
12: Left of the poor - So while the rich were prisoners in a strange
land, the poor had liberty and peace in their own country! Thus providence
sometimes humbles the proud, and favours them of low degree.
21: Out of the land - This compleated their calamity, about eight
hundred and sixty years after they were put in possession of it by
22: Gedaliah - A righteous and good man, and a friend to the prophet
24: Sware - Assured them by his promise and oath, that they should be
kept from the evils which they feared. This he might safely swear, because
he had not only the king of Babylon's promise but also God's promise
deliver'd by Jeremiah. And it might seem, a fair prospect was opening
again. But how soon was the scene changed! This hopeful settlement
is quickly dashed in pieces, not by the Chaldeans, but by some of
25: Came - Moved with envy to see so mean a person advanced into
their place. Ten men - Ten captains or officers, and under each of them
26: Egypt - And here they probably mixt with the Egyptians by
degrees, and were heard of no more as Israelites.
27: Seven and twentieth - Or, on the twenty fifth day, as it is,(Jer 52:31). For then the decree was made, which was executed upon the
twenty seventh day.
30: All the days of his life - Let none say, they shall never see
good again, because they have long seen little but evil. The most afflicted
know not what blessed turn providence may yet give to their affairs.