J E R E M I A H.
This chapter goes on with the good words and
comfortable words which we had in the chapter before, for the
encouragement of the captives, assuring them that God would in due
time restore them or their children to their own land, and make
them a great and happy nation again, especially by sending them the
Messiah, in whose kingdom and grace many of these promises were to
have their full accomplishment. I. They shall be restored to peace
and honour, and joy and great plenty, ver. 1-14. II. Their sorrow for the loss
of their children shall be at an end, ver. 15-17. III. They shall repent of
their sins, and God will graciously accept them in their
repentance, ver. 18-20.
IV. They shall be multiplied and increased, both their children and
their cattle, and not be cut off and diminished as they had been,
ver. 21-30. V. God will
renew his covenant with them, and enrich it with spiritual
blessings, ver. 31-34.
VI. These blessings shall be secured to theirs after them, even to
the spiritual seed of Israel for ever, ver. 35-37. VII. As an earnest of this
the city of Jerusalem shall be rebuilt, ver. 38-40. These exceedingly great and
precious promises were firm foundations of hope and full fountains
of joy to the poor captives; and we also may apply them to
ourselves and mix faith with them.