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CH A P. XIV. This chapter foretells a drought, which would greatly distress

Judea ; the prophet makes confesion and supplication for pardon; God declares his purpose 10 punish; and the prophet

bewails their misery. i T HE word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah

concerning the dearth, the scarcity occafioned by 2 want of rain. Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof

languish, that is, the cities and their inhabitants; they are black unto the ground; they look black and ghastly, and throw themselves on the ground in grief and despair ;

and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up, even the capital 3 city groans under it. And their nobles have sent their

little ones to the waters, being forced to part with their fervants, they send their children for water : they came to the pits, [and] found no water ; they returned with

their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confound. 4 ed, and covered their heads.' Because the ground is

chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plough. 5 men were ashamed, they covered their heads. Yea,

the hind also calved in the field, and forsook [it,] be

cause there was no grass for herself to eat, that he might 6 nourish her young. And the wild asses did stand in the : high places for air to cool them, they snuffed up the wind

like dragons, or, like crocodiles, who frequently put up their heads above the water to breathe; their eyes did fail, they looked till they were weary with looking, because

[there was] no grass. 7 0 LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do

thou [it] for thy name's sake, interpose for us: for, or

rather, tho' our backslidings are many; we have finned 8 against thee. O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof

in time of trouble, why shouldst thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man, [that] turneth aside to tarry for a night ? thou hast promised to dwell with us: and dost thou regard us no more than a traveller

doth a place in which he lodges for a night, and never ex9 pets to see it any more? Why shouldst thou be as a man

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astonied thro' fear and surprise, as a mighty man [that] cannot save, who hath lost his wisdom and strength? yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not. To which God re

plies; . . 10 Thus faith the LORD unto this people, Thus have . they loved to wander, they have not refrained their . feet from evil ways, therefore the LORD doth not accept

them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit 11 their fins. Then said the Lord unto me, Pray not

for this people for (their) good; do not expect that your 12 intercessions will prevail. When they fast, I will not

hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them; tho they offer whole burnt offerings, and bread offerings, (which were then pecue. liarly valuable) yet I will not hear: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the fämine, and by the pertilence, the peftilence and the sword fhall be added to the

famine already among them. 13 Then said I, as some excuse for them, Ah, LORD God,

behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see - the sword, neither shall ye have famine ; but I will 14 give you assured peace in this place. Then the LORD

said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false

vifion and divination, and a thing of nought, and the 15 deceit of their heart. Therefore thus faith the LORD

concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land ; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed, which, tho' they call them.

felves prophets, they cannot see to be coming upon themselves. 16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast

out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their fons, nor their daughters :

for I will pour their wickedness upon them. :17 Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let. : mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let

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them not ceafe; God commands me to lament your calami. ; ties : for the virgin daughter of my people is broken 18 with a great breach, with a very grievous blow." If I

go forth into the field, then behold the flain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are fick with famine ! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not; the

false prophets and wicked priests hall be carried captive. 19 Haft thou utterly rejected Judah ? hath thy soul loath

ed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and (there is no

good : and for the time of healing, and behold trou20 ble! We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, sand

the iniquity of our fathers : for we have finned against 21 thee; we plead guilty. Nevertheless Do not abhor (us, 1

for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory, thy temple : remember, break not thy cove.

nant with us; do not annul or cut off our relation to thee. 22 Are there [any] among the vanities of the gentiles

that can cause rain ? or can the heavens give showers? idols or second causes cannot relieve us; but (art) not thou he, O Lord our God ? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.] .

REFLECTIONS, (Adapted to the State of our country in July 1762.) 1. W A NT of rain in its season, is a great judge

VV ment, with which our hearts ought to be deeply affected. God commands the prophet to lament it. Let us own the hand of God whenever we see or feel any degree of it. It is he who maketh the heavens as iron, the earth as brass, and the rain of our land powder and dust; and it becomes us to humble ourselves before him under such visitations. More especially as, . · 2. Sin is the cause of this and every other judgment. We should not rest in natural causes, but under publick calamity acknowledge, with the prophet here, that our fins

testify w Jerusalem is called a virgin daughter, or city, because it had never been burned or, destroyed.

testify against us, that we have deserved it, and that the Lord is righteous in inflicting it: that we have wandered from God, and not refrained our feet from evil ways, tho' we have often been warned of the consequences. Let us then, as V. 20. acknowledge our wickedness with penitent hearts, and cherish godly sorrow for our fins. .

3. In seasons of national distress let us earnestly apply to God for relief. The vanities of the gentiles cannot help us; it will be of no avail to pray to idol gods. Let'us fly to him, as the hope of Ifrael and the saviour, and supplicate his mercy for his name's sake; that he may be glorified by our thankful improvement of the favour we seek: and let us to our prayers join our ardent praises, that our case is not so bad as that of Judah; that we do not see in our towns those who are fick with famine, and in our fields those who are flain with the sword. Thus let us wait upon God, for he hath made and ordered all these things.

4. How much more earnestly should we pray for a plentiful communication of his Spirit! Rain from heaven and fruitful seasons are very desirable; but it is more desirable that religion should flourish, and the fruits of righteousness abound: and this can only be expected from God's pouring out his Spirit. We very much need it; there is a spiritual dearth in our churches; the things that remain are ready to die; and the graces of professors languish. Let us daily pray that God would not reject and leave us; but send down showers of this blessing; that we may abound in all the fruits of righteousness, which are by: Jesus Christ to the praise and glory of God.

CH A P. XV. In reply to their request in the former chapter, God assures them in

this that nothing could divert him from his purpose of punish. ing so wicked à people. Accordingly their fate is again den clared; the prophet complains of being obliged to deliver such messages; he is reproved for this; appeals to God for his fin, cerity, and supplicates pardón; upon which God promises to proteat him in the faithful discharge of his duty. . .,

I N HEN said the Lord unto me, Though Moses

T and Samuel stood before me, those successful intercessors for Ifrael, (yet) my mind [could) not [be]

toward this people: cast (them) out of my fight, and 2 let them go forth. And it shall come to pass, if they

fay unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus faith the LORD, Such as (are] for death, to death, that is, to the pestilence ; and such as (are) for the sword, to the sword; and such as fare]

for the famine, to the famine; and such as [are] for 3 the captivity, to the captivity. And I will appoint

over them four kinds, faith the LORD: the sword to flay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven,

and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy those 4 that are Nain. And I will cause them to be removed

into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manaffeh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for [that] which he did in Jerusalem, for complying with and persisting

in his idolatries, for fuppresing the worship of Jehovah, 5 and putting up idols even in the temple. For who shall

have pity upon thee, o Jerusalem ? or who shall bemoan thee? or who shall go afide to ask how thou

doeft ? none spall think it worth his while to do so, every 6 one must own thy calamity to be juft. Thou hast forsaken

nie, faith the LORD, thou art gone backward : there. fore will I ftretch out my hand against thee, and destroy

thee; I am weary with repenting ; with fufpending my 7 judgments and bearing so long with thee. And I will fan

them with a fan in the gates of the land ; I will bereave

[them] of children, I will destroy my people, sfince] 8 they return not from their ways. Their widows are

increased to me above the sand of the seas : I have brought upon them, that is, Jerusalem, against the mother of the young men a spoiler at noon day;.-07, against the mother city a young man, namcly, Nebuchadnezzar, who was a young man, in the firft year of his reign:

I have caused (him) to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors 9 upon the city. She that hath borne seven languisheth:

The hath given up the ghost; her fun is gone down while [it was) yet day: fhe hath been afhamed and

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