J E R E M I A H.
The same melancholy theme is the subject of this
chapter that was of those foregoing—the approaching ruin of Judah
and Jerusalem for their sins. This Jeremiah had often foretold;
here he has particularly full orders to foretel it again. I. He
must set their sins in order before them, as he had often done,
especially their idolatry, ver. 4,
5. II. He must describe the particular judgments which
were now coming apace upon them for these sins, ver. 6-9. III. He must do this in the
valley of Tophet, with great solemnity, and for some particular
reasons, ver. 2, 3. IV.
He must summon a company of the elders together to be witnesses of
this, ver. 1. V. He must
confirm this, and endeavour to affect his hearers with it, by a
sign, which was the breaking of an earthen bottle, signifying that
they should be dashed to pieces like a potter's vessel, ver. 10-13. VI. When he had done
this in the valley of Tophet he ratified it in the court of the
temple, ver. 14, 15.
Thus were all likely means tried to awaken this stupid senseless
people to repentance, that their ruin might be prevented; but all