J E R E M I A H.
It is plain that the prophecies of this book are
not placed here in the same order in which they were preached; for
there are chapters after this which concern Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim,
and Jeconiah, who all reigned before Zedekiah, in whose reign the
prophecy of this chapter bears date. Here is, I. The message which
Zedekiah sent to the prophet, to desire him to enquire of the Lord
for them, ver. 1, 2. II.
The answer which Jeremiah, in God's name, sent to that message, in
which, 1. He foretels the certain and inevitable ruin of the city,
and the fruitlessness of their attempts for its preservation,
ver. 3-7. 2. He advises
the people to make the best of bad, by going over to the king of
Babylon, ver. 8-10. 3.
He advises the king and his family to repent and reform (ver. 11, 12), and not to trust to
the strength of their city and grow secure, ver. 13, 14.