J E R E M I A H.
Johanan and the captains being strongly bent upon
going into Egypt, either their affections or politics advising them
to take that course, they had a great desire that God should direct
them to do so too like Balaam, who, when he was determined to go
and curse Israel, asked God leave. Here is, I. The fair bargain
that was made between Jeremiah and them about consulting God in
this matter, ver. 1-6.
II. The message at large which God sent them, in answer to their
enquiry, in which, 1. They are commanded and encouraged to continue
in the land of Judah, and assured that if they did so it should be
well with them, ver.
7-12. 2. They are forbidden to go to Egypt, and are
plainly told that if they did it would be their ruin, ver. 13-18. 3. They are charged
with dissimulation in their asking what God's will was in this
matter and disobedience when they were told what it was; and
sentence is accordingly passed upon them, ver. 19-22.