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The prophet, by God's command, in the court of the temple, threatens
that the temple shall be as Shiloh, and the land a curse: exhorts
to repentance, ver. 1 - 7.
He is apprehended and arraigned, ver. 8 - 11.
His apology, ver. 12 - 15.
The princes clear him by the example of Micah, ver. 16 - 19.
and of Urijah, ver. 20 - 23.
and by the care of Ahikam, ver. 24.
10: When - When the nobles, and other civil magistrates, heard of the
tumult, they came from the king's court, where the nobles and great
officers of nations usually are, to the temple. At the entry - It was
the place where their sanhedrim, who were to judge of false prophets,
were wont to sit.
11: The priests - "In the corrupt state of all kingdoms, the
ecclesiastical officers always were the greatest enemies to the
faithful ministers of God." They speak to the members of the court
who are called princes, and to the people who were in the court.
18: Micah - This was that Micah, whose prophecies are part of
holy writ, as appears by (Mic 1:1,3:12), where are the very
words of the prophecy here mentioned, the substance of whose prophecy
was the same with this, that Zion should be plowed up, and the place
where the temple stood, should become so desolate that trees should
grow there, as in a forest.
19: Thus - Now, if we should take a quite contrary course, and put
this man to death, we should do ourselves no good, but procure great
evil against our souls; that is against ourselves.
20: And there was - This is a story which we have recorded in no
other part of scripture. They are probably the words of some others,
who were enemies to Jeremiah.
23: Cast his body - Not in the sepulchers of the prophets, but
amongst the vulgar people.
24: Nevertheless - Tho' Jeremiah's enemies pleaded this instance
of Urijah, a case judged in this very king's reign; yet the hand,
that is, the power and interest of Ahikam, one of Josiah's
counsellors, and the father of Gedaliah, was with Jeremiah.