J E R E M I A H.
In the foregoing chapter Jeremiah had charged
those prophets with lies who foretold the speedy breaking of the
yoke of the king of Babylon and the speedy return of the vessels of
the sanctuary; how here we have his contest with a particular
prophet upon those heads. I. Hananiah, a pretender to prophecy, in
contradiction to Jeremiah, foretold the sinking of Nebuchadnezzar's
power and the return both of the persons and of the vessels that
were carried away (ver.
1-4), and, as a sign of this, he broke the yoke from the
neck of Jeremiah, ver. 10,
11. II. Jeremiah wished his words might prove true, but
appealed to the event whether they were so or no, not doubting but
that would disprove them, ver.
5-9. III. The doom both of the deceived and the deceiver
is here read. The people that were deceived should have their yoke
of wood turned into a yoke of iron (ver. 12-14), and the prophet that was the
deceiver should be shortly cut off by death, and he was so,
accordingly, within two months, ver. 15-17.