Jeremiah 36* Baruch is to write the prophecies of Jeremiah. (1-8) Theprinces advise them to hide themselves. (9-19) The king havingheard a part, burns the roll. (20-32)1-8 The writing of the Scriptures was by Divine appointment.The Divine wisdom directed to this as a proper means; if itfailed, the house of Judah would be the more without excuse. TheLord declares to sinners the evil he purposes to do againstthem, that they may hear, and fear, and return from their evilways; and whenever any one makes this use of God's warnings, independence on his promised mercy, he will find the Lord ready toforgive his sins. All others will be left without excuse; andthe consideration that great is the anger God has pronouncedagainst us for sin, should quicken both our prayers and ourendeavours. 9-19 Shows of piety and devotion may be found even among those,who, though they keep up forms of godliness, are strangers andenemies to the power of it. The princes patiently attended thereading of the whole book. They were in great fear. But eventhose who are convinced to the truth and importance of what theyhear, and are disposed to favour those who preach it, often havedifficulties and reserves about their safety, interest, orpreferment, so that they do not act according to theirconvictions, and try to get rid of what they find troublesome. 20-32 Those who despise the word of God, will soon show, asthis king did, that they hate it; and, like him, they would wishit destroyed. See what enmity there is against God in the carnalmind, and wonder at his patience. The princes showed someconcern, till they saw how light the king made of it. Beware ofmaking light of God's word!
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