Jeremiah 20* The doom of Pashur, who ill-treated the prophet. (1-6)Jeremiah complains of hard usage. (7-13) He regrets his everhaving been born. (14-18)1-6 Pashur smote Jeremiah, and put him in the stocks. Jeremiahwas silent till God put a word into his mouth. To confirm this,Pashur has a name given him, "Fear on every side." It speaks aman not only in distress, but in despair; not only in danger,but in fear on every side. The wicked are in great fear where nofear is, for God can make the most daring sinner a terror tohimself. And those who will not hear of their faults from God'sprophets, shall be made to hear them from their consciences.Miserable is the man thus made a terror to himself. His friendsshall fail him. God lets him live miserably, that he may be amonument of Divine justice. 7-13 The prophet complains of the insult and injury heexperienced. But ver. #7| may be read, Thou hast persuaded me,and I was persuaded. Thou wast stronger than I; and didstoverpower me by the influence of thy Spirit upon me. So long aswe see ourselves in the way of God, and of duty, it is weaknessand folly, when we meet with difficulties and discouragements,to wish we had never set out in it. The prophet found the graceof God mighty in him to keep him to his business,notwithstanding the temptation he was in to throw it up.Whatever injuries are done to us, we must leave them to that Godto whom vengeance belongs, and who has said, I will repay. Sofull was he of the comfort of God's presence, the Divineprotection he was under, and the Divine promise he had to dependupon, that he stirred up himself and others to give God theglory. Let the people of God open their cause before Him, and hewill enable them to see deliverance. 14-18 When grace has the victory, it is good to be ashamed ofour folly, to admire the goodness of God, and be warned to guardour spirits another time. See how strong the temptation was,over which the prophet got the victory by Divine assistance! Heis angry that his first breath was not his last. While weremember that these wishes are not recorded for us to utter thelike, we may learn good lessons from them. See how much thosewho think they stand, ought to take heed lest they fall, and topray daily, Lead us not into temptation. How frail, changeable,and sinful is man! How foolish and unnatural are the thoughtsand wishes of our hearts, when we yield to discontent! Let usconsider Him who endured the contradiction of sinners againsthimself, lest we should be at any time weary and faint in ourminds under our lesser trials.
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