J E R E M I A H.
The prophecy of this chapter bears date some time
before those prophecies in the chapters next foregoing, for they
are not placed in the exact order of time in which they were
delivered. This is dated in the first year of Nebuchadrezzar, that
remarkable year when the sword of the Lord began to be drawn and
furbished. Here is, I. A review of the prophecies that had been
delivered to Judah and Jerusalem for many years past, by Jeremiah
himself and other prophets, with the little regard given to them
and the little success of them, ver.
1-7. II. A very express threatening of the destruction
of Judah and Jerusalem, by the king of Babylon, for their contempt
of God, and their continuance in sin (ver. 8-11), to which is annexed a promise
of their deliverance out of their captivity in Babylon, after 70
years, ver. 12-14. III.
A prediction of the devastation of divers other nations about, by
Nebuchadrezzar, represented by a "cup of fury" put into their hands
(ver. 15-28), by a
sword sent among them (ver.
29-33), and a desolation made among the shepherds and
their flocks and pastures (ver.
34-38); so that we have here judgment beginning at the
house of God, but not ending there.