J E R E M I A H.
As the prophet Isaiah, after he had largely
foretold the deliverance of Jerusalem out of the hands of the king
of Assyria, gave a particular narrative of the story, that it might
appear how exactly the event answered to the prediction, so the
prophet Jeremiah, after he had largely foretold the delivering of
Jerusalem into the hands of the king of Babylon, gives a particular
account of that sad event for the same reason. That melancholy
story we have in this chapter, which serves to disprove the false
flattering prophets and to confirm the word of God's messengers. We
are here told, I. That Jerusalem, after eighteen months' siege, was
taken by the Chaldean army, ver.
1-3. II. That king Zedekiah, attempting to make his
escape, was seized and made a miserable captive to the king of
Babylon, ver. 4-7. III.
That Jerusalem was burnt to the ground, and the people were carried
captive, except the poor, ver.
8-10. IV. That the Chaldeans were very kind to Jeremiah,
and took particular care of him, ver. 11-14. V. That Ebed-melech too, for
his kindness, had a protection from God himself in this day of