J E R E M I A H.
This chapter was penned upon occasion of a great
drought, for want of rain. This judgment began in the latter end of
Josiah's reign, but, as it should seem, continued in the beginning
of Jehoiakim's: for less judgments are sent to give warning of
greater coming, if not prevented by repentance. This calamity was
mentioned several times before, but here, in this chapter, more
fully. Here is, I. A melancholy description of it, ver. 1-6. II. A prayer to God to
put an end to this calamity and to return in mercy to their land,
ver. 7-9. III. A severe
threatening that God would proceed in his controversy, because they
proceeded in their iniquity, ver.
10-12. IV. The prophet's excusing the people, by laying
the blame on their false prophets; and the doom passed both on the
deceivers and the deceived, ver.
13-16. V. Directions given to the prophet, instead of
interceding for them, to lament them; but his continuing
notwithstanding to intercede for them, ver. 17-22.