J E R E M I A H.
Jeremiah the prophet, since he cannot persuade
people to submit to God's precept, and so to prevent the
destruction of their country by the king of Babylon, is here
persuading them to submit to God's providence, by yielding tamely
to the king of Babylon, and becoming tributaries to him, which was
the wisest course they could now take, and would be a mitigation of
the calamity, and prevent the laying of their country waste by fire
and sword; the sacrificing of their liberties would be the saving
of their lives. I. He gives this counsel, in God's name, to the
kings of the neighbouring nations, that they might make the best of
bad, assuring them that there was no remedy, but they must serve
the king of Babylon; and yet in time there should be relief, for
his dominion should last but 70 years, ver. 1-11. II. He gives this counsel to
Zedekiah king of Judah particularly (ver. 12-15) and to the priests and
people, assuring them that the king of Babylon should still proceed
against them till things were brought to the last extremity, and a
patient submission would be the only way to mitigate the calamity
and make it easy, ver.
16-22. Thus the prophet, if they would but have
hearkened to him, would have directed them in the paths of true
policy as well as of true piety.