J E R E M I A H.
The foregoing chapter was wholly taken up with
reproofs and threatenings against the people of God, for their
apostasies from him; but in this chapter gracious invitations and
encouragements are given them to return and repent, notwithstanding
the multitude and greatness of their provocations, which are here
specified, to magnify the mercy of God, and to show that as sin
abounded grace did much more abound. Here, I. It is further shown
how bad they had been and how well they deserved to be quite
abandoned, and yet how ready God was to receive them into his
favour upon their repentance, ver.
1-5. II. The impenitence of Judah, and their persisting
in sin, are aggravated from the judgments of God upon Israel, which
they should have taken warning by, ver. 6-11. III. Great encouragements are
given to these backsliders to return and repent, and promises made
of great mercy which God had in store for them, and which he would
prepare them for by bringing them home to himself, ver. 12-19. IV. The charge renewed
against them for their apostasy from God, and the invitation
repeated to return and repent, to which are here added the words
that are put in their mouth, which they should make use of in their
return to God, ver.