J E R E M I A H.
We have attended Jerusalem's funeral pile, and
have taken our leave of the captives that were carried to Babylon,
not expecting to hear any more of them in this book: perhaps we may
in Ezekiel; and we must in this and the four following chapters
observe the story of those few Jews that were left to remain in the
land after their brethren were carried away, and it is a very
melancholy story; for, though at first there were some hopeful
prospects of their well-doing, they soon appeared as obstinate in
sin as ever, unhumbled and unreformed, till, all the rest of the
judgments threatened in Deut.
xxviii. being brought upon them, that which in the
last verse of that dreadful
chapter completes the threatenings was accomplished, "The Lord
shall bring thee into Egypt again." In this chapter we have, I. A
more particular account of Jeremiah's discharge and his settlement
with Gedaliah, ver. 1-6.
II. The great resort of the Jews that remained scattered in the
neighbouring countries to Gedaliah, who was made their governor
under the king of Babylon; and the good posture they were in for a
while under him, ver.
7-12. III. A treacherous design formed against Gedaliah,
by Ishmael, which we shall find executed in the next chapter,