J E R E M I A H.
When we left the prophet, in the close of the
foregoing chapter, so pathetically poring out his prayers before
God, we had reason to hope that in this chapter we should find God
reconciled to the land and the prophet brought into a quiet
composed frame; but, to our great surprise, we find it much
otherwise as to both. I. Notwithstanding the prophet's prayers, God
here ratifies the sentence given against the people, and abandons
them to ruin turning a deaf ear to all the intercessions made for
them, ver. 1-9. II. The
prophet himself, notwithstanding the satisfaction he had in
communion with God, still finds himself uneasy and out of temper.
1. He complains to God of his continual struggle with his
persecutors, ver. 10. 2.
God assures him that he shall be taken under special protection,
though there was a general desolation coming upon the land,
ver. 11-14. 3. He
appeals to God concerning his sincerity in the discharge of his
prophetic office and thinks it hard that he should not have more of
the comfort of it, ver.
15-18. 4. Fresh security is given him that, upon
condition he continue faithful, God will continue his care of him
and his favour to him, ver.
19-21. And thus, at length, we hope he regained the
possession of his own soul.