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corner of the horse gate toward the east, [shall be] holy unto the Lord; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever."
I. TTTE have great reason to rejoice in the gospel covenant, VV and the blessed purport of it. The covenant God would make with the Jews in the latter day, is no other than the christian covenant; for there Will be no distinction between them and other christians in that day, except their settlement in their own land. This covenant then God makes with us; and every clause of it deserves our attention. He will write his laws upon our hearts, will enable us to understand them, and dispose us to conform to them, as a copy to the original: he will teach us by the clear discoveries of his gospel, and the labours of his ministers; and also by the influences of his Spirit: for the best interpreter of scripture, Jesus Christ, explains this promise, of immediate divine teaching. The great obstacle to divine illumination, sanctification, and comfort, is sin ; it is therefore promised, that sin shall be pardoned. We have full assurance of this under the gospel. Let us rejoice and be thankful that we are under this covenant of grace; be ever mindful of it; heartily comply with the terms on which these blessings are promised ; and earnestly pray that God would thus pardon, teach, sanctify, and save us.
2. From the continued providence of God in the support and government of the universe, we may assuredly argue, that his promises will be fulfilled. He lights up the sun and the moon; manages this wide, unmeasurable world ; rules the sea; keeps every thing in its proper place, and every creature in its proper office; he can therefore do any and all of those wonderful things which he hath promised. He hath preserved the Jews a distinct people, notwithstanding the trouble and persecution they have every where met with; so that they are not lost among the nations; while whole communities that have enslaved and persecuted them, have been so. He has supported the world for the sake of the church, and for the execution of his purposes; therefore we may be sure that the Jews shall be restored, and the gospel spread over the earth. Let it be our hearts' desire and prayer, that Israel may be saved; and let us in the mean time holdfast the profession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful who hath promised.
• This is a prophecy that Jerusalem should he rebuilt and sanct'fjed. and that multitudes of the converted Jews should settle there, that they should enlarge the circumference of their temple aiid city, and that what was now polluted should become holy ground : but whether ihoc expressions arc litera1, or only figurcgive, time aionc can discover.
CHAP. XXXII. \
In which we have an account of Jeremiah's imprisonment; his cotitplaint to God; the prophecy of the captivity is confirmed; and the . promise of a gracious return.
1 rT",HE word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the JL tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which [was] the eiiditeenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, and one year before the dell tstruction of Jerusalem. For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which [was] in the king of Judah's
3 house. For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it, and so dishearten the people from defend
4 ing it; And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes ; he shall see him
5 look with fierceness and indignation; And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, or hit posterity, saith the Lord : though ye light with the Chaldeans, ye shall not. prosper.
6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came unto me,
7 saying, Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that [is] in Anathoth, which was three miles from Jerusalem, so that it was now in the power of the Clialdeans: for the right of redemption [is]
t thine to buy [it.] So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison, according to the word of the Lord, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that [is] in Anathoth, which [is] in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance [is] ,thine, and the redemption [is] thine ; buy [it] for thyself. Then I knew that this [was] the word of the Lord, and done by
9 his special direction. And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that [was] in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, [even] seventeen shekels of silver ; about forty shillings.
10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed [it,] and took wit
11 nesses, and weighed [him] the money in the balances. So I took the evidence of the purchase, [both] that which was sealed [according] to the law and custom, and [that which was] open; the original and^tounterpart, or the deed of assignment that was
12 sealed, and the certificate of the witnesses: And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's [son,] and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.
I1L14 (And I charged Baruch before them, spying, Thus saith the
Loud of hosts, the God of Israel,; Take, these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence
a which is open ; and put them, in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days; may be hid under ground for greater
15 security, and produced after the cafilivity. For thus suith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this 1amL.'.^ . ,,r-T
1 S Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto
17 Baruch.the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the Lokd,* saying, Ah Lord God ! behold, thou hast made the heaven andjjj^eanh by thy great power and stretched out arm, [and] there iSflWhing
18 too hard for thee: Thou show est loving kindness unto thou? sandsiand rerompetisest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children; after them : the Great, tlve Mighty God, the
l!J Lord of busts, [is] his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work, or'execution: for thine eyes [arc] open upon all the ways of the sons of rneu : to give every one according to his ways,
20 and according to the fruit of his doings ; Which hast set sjgBs and wonders in the land of Egypt, which arc remembered, [even] unto this day, and in Israel, and among [other] meni thC natiotu round about, and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
21 And hast'brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt.with signsf and with wonders, and with a strong hand,
2 2 and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror; And hast
given.th,em. this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to t2 give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; And they came in, and possessed it ; but they obeyed not thy voice, neithfcr walked in thy law; they have done nothing, comparatively, of all that thou cominandedst them to dp: therefore thou hast 24 caused all this evil to come upon them: Heboid the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it ; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it)tbecausc of the sword,, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what thou luist spoken is come to pass; and, nehold, thou seest [it.] lb And thou bast said unto me, O Lord Con, Buy thee the field for money; and take witnesses ; for, pfaiChout>h,l}itat)f is given i .ito the hand of the Chaldeans, at:d thrre/ore I have no prospect cif' enjoying it.
26,, 27 Then came the word of I.o« n unto Jeremiah, saying) Behold, I [am] the Lord, the God of all flesh: Is there any thing too hard for me? / can easily surmount all the difficulties thou
28 yVcr:i'. Therefore thus salth the Loud; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, ^nd into the hand of
2 J Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it: And the Chaldeans, that fight against this cityT^hall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings
• Jeremiah did is God cnitunamlrd him, kit he wanted to understand thiknv providence i.perhar.i he rtwu^htihatthe threatei.i/i^ was revokc.t, und thcrel«| prayc-1"
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Unto other gods, in the most open, audacious manner, to provoke .30 me to anger. 1 or the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth; for the chil, dren of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of
SI their hands, saith the Lord. For this city hath been to me [as] a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it, from 'Salomon's' time, when it was beautified and comple'ed; tlv n thrir idolatry began, and has continued even unto this day ; that 1 should remove it from before my face ; there
35 font I will withdraw my prouaion from if, Because of all the evil o^ffie children of Israel and of the children of Jtidah, which they have done to provoke me to anger,, they, their kinc;s, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah,
33 and inhabitants of Jerosalem. And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching [ them,] yet they have not hearkened to re
34 tleive instruction. But they set their aljominations in the Louse,
35 which is called by my name, to defile it. And they built the high places of Baal, which [are] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through
. . [the fire] unto Molech; which I commanded tliein not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. .j-.-'
36 And now therefore thns saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, '» the language of despair, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, to be destroyed by the s.wortl, and by the famine, and by the pesti
o7 lence; Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither 1 have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will
38 cause them to dwell safely : And they shall be my people, and
59 I will be their Cod: And I will give them one heart, and one Way, a new heart, no more divided between God and idols, that ^ they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their
.40 children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not
41 depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul ; with a true and lasting ajfec
42 tion. For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them ; I will be as faithful to my
43 promises as I have been to my threatenings. And fields shall he bought in this land, whereof ye say, [It is] desolate without
4 i man or-beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal [them,] and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the