Jeremiah 38* Jeremiah is cast into a dungeon, from whence he is deliveredby an Ethiopian. (1-13) He advises the king to surrender to theChaldeans. (14-28)1-13 Jeremiah went on in his plain preaching. The princes wenton in their malice. It is common for wicked people to look uponGod's faithful ministers as enemies, because they show whatenemies the wicked are to themselves while impenitent. Jeremiahwas put into a dungeon. Many of God's faithful witnesses havebeen privately made away in prisons. Ebed-melech was anEthiopian; yet he spoke to the king faithfully, These men havedone ill in all they have done to Jeremiah. See how God canraise up friends for his people in distress. Orders were givenfor the prophet's release, and Ebed-melech saw him drawn up. Letthis encourage us to appear boldly for God. Special notice istaken of his tenderness for Jeremiah. What do we behold in thedifferent characters then, but the same we behold in thedifferent characters now, that the Lord's children are conformedto his example, and the children of Satan to their master? 14-28 Jeremiah was not forward to repeat the warnings, whichseemed only to endanger his own life, and to add to the king'sguilt, but asked whether he feared to do the will of God. Theless men fear God, the more they fear men; often they dare notact according to their own judgments and consciences.
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