J E R E M I A H.
We may conjecture that the prophecy of this
chapter was delivered after the first captivity, in the time of
Jeconiah or Jehoiachin, when many were carried away to Babylon; for
it has a double reference:—I. To those that were carried away
into the land of the Chaldeans, a country notorious above any other
for idolatry and superstition; and they are here cautioned against
the infection of the place, not to learn the way of the heathen
(ver. 1, 2), for their
astrology and idolatry are both foolish things (ver. 3-5), and the worshippers of idols
brutish, ver. 8, 9. So it
will appear in the day of their visitation, ver. 14, 15. They are likewise exhorted
to adhere firmly to the God of Israel, for there is none like him,
ver. 6, 7. He is the true
God, lives for ever, and has the government of the world (ver. 10-13), and his people are
happy in him, ver. 16. II.
To those that yet remained in their own land. They are cautioned
against security, and told to expect distress (ver. 17, 18) and that by a foreign enemy,
which God would bring upon them for their sin, ver. 20-22. This calamity the prophet
laments (ver. 19) and
prays for the mitigation of it, ver. 23-25.