Jeremiah 39* The taking of Jerusalem. (1-10) Jeremiah used well. (11-14)Promises of safety to Ebed-melech. (15-18)1-10 Jerusalem was so strong, that the inhabitants believed theenemy could never enter it. But sin provoked God to withdraw hisprotection, and then it was as weak as other cities. Zedekiahhad his eyes put out; so he was condemned to darkness who hadshut his eyes against the clear light of God's word. Those whowill not believe God's words, will be convinced by the event.Observe the wonderful changes of Providence, how uncertain areearthly possessions; and see the just dealings of Providence:but whether the Lord makes men poor or rich, nothing will profitthem while they cleave to their sins. 11-14 The servants of God alone are prepared for all events;and they are delivered and comforted, while the wicked suffer.They often meet with more kindness from the profane, than fromhypocritical professors of godliness. The Lord will raise themup friends, do them good, and perform all his promises. 15-18 Here is a message to assure Ebed-melech of a recompencefor his great kindness to Jeremiah. Because thou hast put thytrust in me, saith the Lord. God recompenses men's servicesaccording to their principles. Those who trust God in the way ofduty, as this good man did, will find that their hope shall notfail in times of the greatest danger.
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