Jeremiah 49* Prophecies relative to the Ammonites. (1-6) The Edomites.(7-22) The Syrians. (23-27) The Kedarenes. (28-33) The Elamites.(34-39) #1-6. Might often prevails against right among men, yet thatmight shall be controlled by the Almighty, who judges aright;and those will find themselves mistaken, who, like theAmmonites, think every thing their own on which they can laytheir hands. The Lord will call men to account for everyinstance of dishonesty, especially to the destitute.7-22 The Edomites were old enemies to the Israel of God. Buttheir day is now at hand; it is foretold, not only to warn them,but for the sake of the Israel of God, whose afflictions wereaggravated by them. Thus Divine judgments go round from nationto nation; the earth is full of commotion, and nothing canescape the ministers of Divine vengeance. The righteousness ofGod is to be observed amidst the violence of men. 23-27 How easily God can dispirit those nations that have beenmost celebrated for valour! Damascus waxes feeble. It was a cityof joy, having all the delights of the sons of men. But thosedeceive themselves who place their happiness in carnal joys. 28-33 Nebuchadnezzar would make desolation among the people ofKedar, who dwelt in the deserts of Arabia. He who conquered manystrong cities, will not leave those unconquered that dwell intents. He will do this to gratify his own covetousness andambition; but God orders it for correcting an unthankful people,and for warning a careless world to expect trouble when theyseem most safe. They shall flee, get far off, and dwell deep inthe deserts; they shall be dispersed. But privacy and obscurityare not always protection and security. 34-39 The Elamites were the Persians; they acted against God'sIsrael, and must be reckoned with. Evil pursues sinners. Godwill make them know that he reigns. Yet the destruction of Elamshall not be for ever. But this promise was to have its fullaccomplishment in the days of the Messiah. In reading the Divineassurance of the destruction of all the enemies of the church,the believer sees that the issue of the holy war is notdoubtful. It is blessed to recollect, that He who is for us, ismore than all against us. And he will subdue the enemies of oursouls.
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