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THB DESOLATIONS OF JUDEA.
The prophet had previously given warning of the judgments coming upon the people; see Jer. xxx. xxxi.
All faces were turned to paleness.
It is even the time of Jacob's trouble. But with the declaration and warning thus given of the extremity of suffering to be inflicted on the Jewish nation in the day of its captivity, promises of future deliverance and glory were given. The cause of the judgments was fully stated; also the extent to which they should go, and the manner in which they should be restrained, and that the Lord would not forsake his favoured people, even in their most severe sufferings, Jer. xxx. 11, and xxxi. 1-3.
For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee; Though I make a full end of all nations whither I have
At the same time, saith the Lord,
Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. By a beautiful personification Rachel is represented as rising from her grave at Ephrata, weeping for her children led into captivity, and refusing to be comforted; but yet a word of comfort is sent.
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.
INTRODUCTION-DESOLATIONS OF JUDEA, AS
PROPHESIED-STATE OF PALESTINE.
The history of the Jewish nation during the captivity in Babylon, and on their return to the land of Palestine, contains many important lessons for the people of every age and country. The sins of the Jews, as a nation, brought down national judgments upon them; they thus learned by personal experience,
Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord,” Psa. cxliv. 15;
and that “ It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts," Jer. ii. 19. The events recorded in the narratives of Scripture bear witness to the principles inculcated in the word of God. Some men may say they do not believe that similar results are now to be expected from the like proceedings; but the whole testimony of history, both concerning the Jews and other people, shows that, sooner or later, every nation has eventually suffered that just retribution for which its sins have called. Would that this important truth were duly impressed upon the minds of the rulers, and of the people, of every
The desolate state of Judea, and the afflicted condition of the Jews, after the destruction of Jerusalem, are powerfully described by the prophet Jeremiah, in his Lamentations, ch. i. 1-5.
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people !
the nations !
butary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her
cheeks: Among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: All her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they
are become her enemies.
cause of great servitude:
solemn feasts :