Jeremiah 9* The people are corrected, Jerusalem is destroyed. (1-11) Thecaptives suffer in a foreign land. (12-22) God'sloving-kindness, He threatens the enemies of his people. (23-26)1-11 Jeremiah wept much, yet wished he could weep more, that hemight rouse the people to a due sense of the hand of God. Buteven the desert, without communion with God, through ChristJesus, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, must be a placefor temptation and evil; while, with these blessings, we maylive in holiness in crowded cities. The people accustomed theirtongues to lies. So false were they, that a brother could not betrusted. In trading and bargaining they said any thing for theirown advantage, though they knew it to be false. But God markedtheir sin. Where no knowledge of God is, what good can beexpected? He has many ways of turning a fruitful land intobarrenness for the wickedness of those that dwell therein. 12-22 In Zion the voice of joy and praise used to be heard,while the people kept close to God; but sin has altered thesound, it is now the voice of lamentation. Unhumbled heartslament their calamity, but not their sin, which is the cause ofit. Let the doors be shut ever so fast, death steals upon us. Itenters the palaces of princes and great men, though stately,strongly built, and guarded. Nor are those more safe that areabroad; death cuts off even the children from without, and theyoung men from the streets. Hearken to the word of the Lord, andmourn with godly sorrow. This alone can bring true comfort; andit can turn the heaviest afflictions into precious mercies. 23-26 In this world of sin and sorrow, ending soon in death andjudgement, how foolish for men to glory in their knowledge,health, strength, riches, or in any thing which leaves themunder the dominion of sin and the wrath of God! and of which anaccount must hereafter be rendered; it will but increase theirmisery. Those are the true Israel who worship God in the Spirit,rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.Let us prize the distinction which comes from God, and will lastfor ever. Let us seek it diligently.
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