J E R E M I A H.
The prophecy we have in this chapter concerns
Baruch only, yet is intended for the support and encouragement of
all the Lord's people that serve him faithfully and keep closely to
him in difficult trying times. It is placed here after the story of
the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews, but
was delivered long before, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, as was
the prophecy in the next chapter, and probably those that follow.
We here find, I. How Baruch was terrified when he was brought into
trouble for writing and reading Jeremiah's roll, ver. 1-3. II. How his fears were checked
with a reproof for his great expectations and silenced with a
promise of special preservation, ver. 4, 5. Though Baruch was only
Jeremiah's scribe, yet this notice is taken of his frights, and
this provision made for his comfort; for God despises not any of
his servants, but graciously concerns himself for the meanest and
weakest, for Baruch the scribe as well as for Jeremiah the