The Lord shall declare from beaven his great fury and indignation against the wicked: he shall roar like a fierce lion, and shout out aloud, and call up the Babylonians to their task of slaughter, as they, that tread the grapes, do, by their loud cries, encourage each other to the work.

XXV. 34 And ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel. As an earthen vessel that is curiously wrought while it holds sound is well esteemed, but if it once fall and break is worth nothing and is only fit to be cast upon the dunghill, so shall

ye be unto ine.

XXV. 38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate. He hath forsaken his temple, as a lion forsakes bis den: while he abode in that temple of his, he was as a strong lion to defend his people; but now, he hath given them up to desolation and spoil.

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XXVI. 6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh. vii. verse 12.

XXVI. 10 And sat down in the entry of the new gate of the Lord's house. And sat down in that new gate of the temple which king Jotham had built, to appease the tumult, and to hear the cause of Jeremiah.

XXVI. 13 Thc LORD will repent him &c. See Genesis vi. 7.

XXVI. 24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death. But though there was vehement importunity used for the putting of Jeremiah to death, both by the priests and people, yet Åbikam the son of Shaphan wrought so for him, that he was delivered out of their hands.

XXVII. 1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD. In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim, when all things were quiet and successful, this word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, to be executed afterwards, in the reign of Zedekiah.

XXVII. 3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah. The kings of Edom and of Moab, and the king of the Ammonites and of Tyrus and Zidon, will send ambassadors to Zedekiah, to treat of a confederacy against the king of Babylon; do thou therefore send unto them these fetters and yokes, to let them know, that they shall all come under the yoke and bondage of the king of Babylon.

XXVII. 6 The king of Babylon, my servant. See chap. xxv. verse 9.

XXVII. 7 Until the very time of his land come : and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. Until the time be expired, which God hath prefixed for the period of that monarchy ; and then many nations and great kings shall come, and divide it amongst them, as a common prey.

XXVII. 12 Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. If ye submit yourselves to the Babylonians, ye shall both be preserved, and, in due time, restored.

XXVII. 22 And there shall they be until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD; then will I bring them up, and restore them to this place. And there they shall be, until the time of their restoration and restitution by Cyrus, whom I will stir up to be gracious unto my people,

XXVIII. 2 I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. I will deliver and free my people, from the captivity and bondage of the king of Babylon;

XXVIII. 3 Within two full years. Within the space of two full years.

XXVIII. 13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron. Thou, O Hananiah, hast broken the yokes of wood; but I am commanded, from the Lord, to make them yokes of iron; to signify that this bondage, which thou saidst should be within two years, utterly freed and discharged, shall be continued in a more grievous and cruel manner than before, and that without all possibility of escaping or mitigation ; until the prefixed time of seventy years be expired.

XXIX. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. I know what I have decreed concerning you; even favour and Jeliverance in my appointed time, and not extirpation and destruction; so as ye shall, at the last, have that happy issue, which ye desire and expect.

XXIX. 17 And I will make them like vile, figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. See chap. xxiv, verse 8.

XXIX. 26 For every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet. For every one, that, in a frantic humour, takes upon him to be a prophet, and delivers his own distracted fancies for visions from God.

XXX. 3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD ; that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their

fathers, &c. Howsoever God will not so suddenly free his people from their captivity, as is falsely foretold by some flattering prophets, yet surely he hath set the time, wherein he will most certainly accomplish it.

XXX. 6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child : Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? It is not for a man, we know, to travail with child; how then is it, that the men hold their hands on their loins, and move their bodies in a woeful complaint of pain, as if they were women in the very throws of their delivery; and all faces, by the paleness thereof, bewray fear and astonishment?

XXX. 7 It is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. It is the time of the most grievous trouble and calamity to the posterity of Jacob ; but, at last, it shall end well, and they shall be delivered from it.

XXX. 9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them, They shall serve the Lord their God, and Christ his Son, the successor of David, in his spiritual government, whom I will in due time send into the world.

XXX. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, &c. Thine affliction, in regard of any human help, is utterly remediless.

XXX. 13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. There is none, so much as to solicit for thy cure and redress; nor any means left, whereby it may be, in man's reason, effected.

XXX. 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not ; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, &c. All those confederate nations, that professed friendship to thee, have quite forgotten thee; for I have deeply afflicted thee, by the cruel hand of the Chaldeans.

XXX. 17 Because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Because they have insulted upon thy misery, and despised thee, as an outcast and forlorn people, saying; This is that goodly hill of Zion ; once the pride, now the scorn of the world.

XXXI. 2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword

found grace in the wilderness ; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. The people, which were left of the sword in the siege and sacking of Jerusalem, found favour in the land of their captivity ; even the remainder of the Jews; when I took order for their settling, for the time, in the land of Chaldea.

XXXI. 4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, 0 virgin of Israel : thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. () Jerusalem, thou shalt be built again; and shalt have again minstrelsy and mirth within thy walls : O my Church, thou shalt be happily restored, and filled with true spiritual joy.

XXXI. 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria : the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. Those fruitful hills of Samaria, which have lain long waste, shall be stored with excellent vines, and those, that plant them, shal} eat the grapes plentifully, and make no spare of them.

XXXI. 6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. Yea, not only those of Judah, but even those of the ten tribes of Israel, which have been long dispersed and neglected, shall be gathered together to Jerusalem ; and be encouraged by their spiritual watchmen, to join together in submission to the truc Church.

XXXI. 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together. Behold, I will bring them back again from Babylon, and fetch them up from all coasts, and will make them a type of


Evangelical Church ; into which I will call all sorts of persons, even those, that are most full, and most conscious of their own infirmities.

XXXI, 9 I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble : for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. I will lead thein aright by the guidance of my word, in the safe and happy ways of life, holily and inoffensively; for I am a father to my faithful ones.

XXXI. 12 Therefore shall they come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Therefore they shall come, and sing in the great congregation and most eminent assemblies; and shall meet cheerfully together, to enjoy the holy things of God, his word and sacraments; and their soul shall be refreshed, as a new watered garden in a drought; and they shall have no more cause of dejection and hopeless sorrow.

XXXI. 15 Thus saith the LORD ; Avoice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping ; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Methinks, I hear a voice in the high place or mountain, (whence it may sound furthest ;) a voice of mourning and lamentation; Rachel, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, seems to mourn for

her children, those of Ephraim and the other tribes, long since desolated ; and will not admit of any comfort, because they are scattered and vanished, without all hope of restoration or return.

XXXI. 16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears : for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the 'enemy.

Thus saith the Lord to mourning Rachel ; Refrain thy weeping for those sons of thy womb, the distressed Israelites; for that desolated region shall flourish again: thou shalt receive comfort after thy sorrow, and those children of thine shall return from the land of their captivity.

XXXI. 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. In that end, which God hath prefixed to thy sorrows and sufferings, there is hope, yea assurance, that thy children shall come again to their native country.

XXXI. 18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke. I have heard those of the ten tribes bemoaning themselves, after their captivity, thus; Thou hast afflicted me, O Lord, and I am humbled : I was as a wild young bullock, unaccustomed to the yoke; but now, thou hast caused me to stoop unto it.

XXXI. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented. Surely after that thou hadst wrought upon me, and shewed me my sin, I repented.

XXXI. 20 Is Ephraim my dear son ? is he a pleasant child ? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still : therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord. Would any man think, that Israel, thus afflicted, and, as it were, neglected, were my dear soni that he were a child, wherein í take pleasure and delight? Yet he is so; and, howsoever I have dealt severely with bim, both in my words and actions, yet I do in mercy still remember him, and the bowels of my compassion yearn towards him.

XXXI. 21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps : set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest : turn again, &c. Thou shalt return to thine own land, O my people; and therefore set thee up waymarks, as thou goest : heap up stones, for the direction of thy passage, through the wilderness; and set thy thoughts to remember all the turnings of the way, and address thyself towards thy return.

XXXI. 22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, X woman shall compass a man. How long wilt thou waver and stagger in thy belief, O thou re



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