J E R E M I A H.
It is a very tragical story that is related in
this chapter, and shows that evil pursues sinners. The black cloud
that was gathering in the foregoing chapter here bursts in a
dreadful storm. Those few Jews that escaped the captivity were
proud to think that they were still in their own land, when their
brethren had gone they knew not whither, were fond of the wine and
summer-fruits they had gathered, and were very secure under
Gedaliah's protectorship, when, on a sudden, even these remains
prove ruins too. I. Gedaliah is barbarously slain by Ishmael,
ver. 1, 2. II. All the
Jews that were with him were slain likewise (ver. 3) and a pit filled with their dead
bodies, ver. 9. III. Some
devout men, to the number of fourscore, that were going towards
Jerusalem, were drawn in by Ishmael, and murdered likewise,
ver. 4-7. Only ten of
them escaped, ver. 8. IV.
Those that escaped the sword were taken prisoners by Ishmael, and
carried off towards the country of the Ammonites, ver. 10. V. By the conduct and
courage of Johanan, though the death of the slain is not revenged,
yet the prisoners are recovered, and he now becomes their
11-16. VI. His project is to carry them into the land of
Egypt (ver. 17, 18),
which we shall hear more of in the next chapter.