Imágenes de páginas

5 Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet

Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the

presence of all the people that stood in the house of the 6 LORD, Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the

LORD do fo: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the Lord's house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place; tho I have prophesied evil, I heartily wish the good of my country, and that God would ng revoke the sentence of ruin which I have pronounced. Never

theless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine 8 ears, and in the ears of all the people; The prophets

that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence; yea, many of the jewish prophets foretold the destruction of their

city and country, and it came to pass; therefore I may be a 9 true prophet, tho? I foretell evil. The prophet which

prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, (then) shall the prophet be known,

that the Lord hath truly sent him; the event will - prove whether 1 speak truth or thou. 10. Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off II the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it.' And

Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, say. ing, Thus faith the LORD; Even so will I break the

yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the - neck of all nations within the space of two full years,

And the prophet Jeremiah went his way, having ng

dire&tions from the Lord what reply to make. .:: 12 Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah

[the prophet,] after that Hananiah the prophet had

broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jere. 13 miah, saying, Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus

faith the LORD; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron; the more they refijt Nebuchadnezzar, the more power he fall have over them; they fall bring more confusion into their affairs,

and suffer more from hini. He then renews the former 14 prophecy in stronger ternis, For thus faith the Lord of

hosts, · hofts, the God of Israel ; I have put a yoke of iron

upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him : and I have given him the beasts of the

field also. 15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the

prophet, Hear now, Hananiah ; the Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie;

thou hast taught the people to disbelieve his word, and rebel . 16 against his commandments. Therefore thus faith the

LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of

the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou haft 17 taught rebellion against the LORD. So Hananiah the

prophet died the same year in the seventh month, just two months after his prophecy. He had limited the return of Jeconiah and the vessels to two years, that the people might more readily believe him; Jeremiah confined the evidence of his falsehood to one year ; and two months confirmed it.

REFLECTION S. 1. TAITHFUL ministers heartily with the welfare of

P finners, tho' they denounce evil against them, v. 7. Jeremiah sincerely desired the prosperity of his country, and that God would revoke the dreadful message sent by him, tho' they had hated and persecuted him. Thus chriftian minifters, who are faithful to their trust, desire the happiness of the worst of men, tho' they threaten them with the wrath to come ; yea, bear them more good will than those who only prophefy smooth things, and are therefore more agreeable to them. They say no more than Christ and his apostles, and the ministers before them, have said, concerning the evil of fin, and the wrath of God against it: they do not love to terrify and alarm; it gives them pain to do it. But they are compelled by fidelity to God and love to souls : and their hearers should always consider their admonitions in this light. .

2. Let us observe and adore the judgment of God upon this infamous fiar. What a presumptuous wretch was

Hananiah, Hananiah, 'to declare that God had sent him, when he had not; and to teach the people rebellion against God in his name! All liars are abominable to the God of truth ; efpecially those who falsify his word, and father their lies upon him. Those who encourage. finners in an evil way, who tell them that they shall have peace, bid them not mind what God's ministers say, and thus make them trust in a lie, are the worst and vileft of finners. May we avoid and abhor all lying and deceit; especially where the souls of men are concerned; for all liars, and particularly such as these, fall have their portion in the lake which burneth with fire.'

3. How great is the stupidity and hardness of those finners, who will not be alarmed by the word or the judgments of God. These extraordinary predictions were delivered in the presence of the priests and all the people; and when they faw Hananiah so awfully convicted of being a false prophet by his death, one would have expected that such a providence would have awakened them to attend to Jeremiah's message, and comply with his admonitions. It is strange also that the predictions should have had no effect on Hananiah himself, who knew in his conscience that he was speaking lies in God's name; yet both he and the people continued obstinate, and Jeremiah's words all came true in their destruction. So dreadfully doth fin stupify and besot the human mind. This should teach us to pay a serious regard to God's word; and excite our earnest prayers that he would deliver us from hardness of


CH A P. XXIX. Contains Feremiah's letter to the captives in Babylon; and the

fearful end of Ahab and Zedekiah, two lying prophetsi* IN O W these [are] the words of the letter that

IV Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the false prophets,


and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had car2 ried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon ; (After

that Jeconiah the king, and the queen mother, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the

carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jeru. 3:falem ;) By the hand of Elafah the son of Shaphan,

and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah fent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar

king of Babylon, to renew his promise of fidelity, and to 4 pay his tribute,) saying, Thus faith the Lord of hosts,

the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; a message that implied en- .

couragement, as it was an evidence that God had not caft 5. them off ; Build ye houses, and dwell" [in them ;] and 6 plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; Take ye

wives, and beget sons and daughters, and take wives for your fons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear fons, and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished; think not of a Speedy return, but accommodate yourselves to your condition, and make no attempts to shake off the yoke : consider Baby

lon as your country, and endeavour to be happy there. 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused

you to be carried away captives, by your loyalty and fubmision, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace

thereof shall ye have peace. . . 8 For thus faith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; · Let not your prophets and your diviners, that (be) in

the midst of you, deceive you, for if you expe&t foon to return you will not take pains to make your settlements comfortable, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause

to be dreamed, encouraging them to foretell these things, 9 because ye love to hear them. For they prophefy falsely

unto you in my name: 1 have not sent them, faith the LORD.

10 For: It is to be remembered, that these Ifraelites were not abso.. lute flaves, but were settled as a colony to cultivate some para ticular part of the country; as the ten tribes and other conquered nations were, whom they brought to their land i this was wile policy, to keep them in subjection.

10 For thus faith the Lord, that after seventy years be

accomplished at Babylon, at the very instant of, or immediately upon, the completion of seventy years, I will visit

you, and perform my good word toward you, in caus11 ing you or your posterity to return to this place. For I

know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the • LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, tho I feem to

have cast you off, to give you an expected end, such as 12 you look for and desire. Then shall ye call upon me, and

ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto 13 you. And ye shall seek me, and find [me,] when ye

Thall search for me with all your heart; I will stir up a
Spirit of prayer among you ; ye shall call upon me, and I

will answer you, according to the promises of the law, 14 Deut. iv, 29. And I will be found of you, faith the

LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither ! have driven you, faith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to

be carried away captive. 35. Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up .. prophets in Babylon, who have foretold different things

16 from what Jeremiah foretold ;? [Know that thus faith the · Lord of the king that fitteth upon the throne of David,

that és, Zedekiah, and of all the people that dwelleth in · this city, [and] of your brethren that are not gone forth 17 with you into captivity; Thus faith the Lord of hosts;

Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the peftilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil; they hall come to

you, and not you to them, and Mall perish among you. 18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the

famine, and with the peftilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a

reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven 19 them: Because they have not hearkened to my words, faith the Lord, which I fent unto them by my servants

the z This vesse seems to be transrosed, it hould have come in after 0. 20.

« AnteriorContinuar »