J E R E M I A H.
The prophet having in God's name reproved the
people for their sins, and given them warning of the judgments of
God that were coming upon them, in this chapter prosecutes the same
intention for their humiliation and awakening. I. He shows them the
invalidity of the plea they so much relied on, that they had the
temple of God among them and constantly attended the service of it,
and endeavours to take them off from their confidence in their
external privileges and performances, ver. 1-11. II. He reminds them of the
desolations of Shiloh, and foretels that such should be the
desolations of Jerusalem, ver.
12-16. III. He represents to the prophet their
abominable idolatries, for which he was thus incensed against them,
ver. 17-20. IV. He sets
before the people that fundamental maxim of religion that "to obey
is better than sacrifice" (1 Sam. xv.
22), and that God would not accept the sacrifices of
those that obstinately persisted in disobedience, ver. 21-28. V. He threatens to lay
the land utterly waste for their idolatry and impiety, and to
multiply their slain as they had multiplied their sin, ver. 29-34.