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44 hana cubscribe evidof Benjamin, Tudah, and

in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my 42 whole foul ; with a true and lasting affe&tion. For thus

faith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great : evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all

the good that I have promised them; I will be as faith. . ;. 43 to my promises as I have been to my threatenings.' And

fields fhall be bought in this land, whereof ye fay, [It

is defolate without man or beast; it is given into the .. 44 hand of the Chaldeans. Men shall buy fields for money,

and subscribe evidences, and seal [them,] and take wit-
nesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about
Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities
of the mountains, and the cities of the valley, and in
the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to
return, saith the LORD; they shall have such plenty of..
money, such a flourishing trade and husbandry, that they shall
buy lands, not only about Jerusalem and other cities, but
all over the country.

1. T ROM the circumstances of the prophet's purchase

we may learn, that it is a matter of prudence and duty to be honest, punctual, and open in bargains and sales. To have them done by the best advice, before competent and sensible witnefles, and to keep the deeds safe. This is necessary for the peace and prosperity of purchasers and their posterity. It is much to be lamented that a most useful acă for registering deeds was laid afide by the artifice of those who make a figure, without substance to support it; or who live by the failures of deeds, and the doubtfulness of titles. A wise man guideth his affairs with discretiona

2. It is very desirable to know the full meaning and extent of God's will; whether by his word or providence, It is our duty, like Jeremiah, implicitly to obey the divine commands, however made known to us. Yet we may humbly desire to know their meaning, as our obedience in that cafe will be more ready and cheerful, and therefore it becomes us to look to God by prayer, that he would showus what and why he requires of us. If any man lack wifdom, let him ask it of God. : VOL. V.

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3. In the most gloomy prospects it is good to dwell on che divine perfections and promises ; both to promote our reverence and patience, and encourage our hope. Jere. miah mentions those perfections of God in his prayer which have this tendency; and God himself, in his anfwer, reminds him of them. And this answer shows us, that he can retrieve national affairs, and revive the interests of his church when it is at the lowest ebb. He can likewise revive his work in our souls; for nothing is too hard for him what he did for Israel, and what he hath promised to do for his people, are sufficient grounds for thankfulness and cheerful expectation. ** 4. A change of heart and life, are necessary to the acquisition of the divine favour and acceptance. When God promises the Jews a happy return to and prosperity in their land, he promises to give them one heart, and to put his fear within them. And thus must our hearts be one; entirely devoted to God; and not divided between him and the world, or any creature. Our obedience must be entire and hearty; and we must, in order to this, feek to God, that he would implant good dispositions and principles in ús; and unite our hearts to fear his name. Then he will do us good, and that with all his heart and soul, and at length bless us with an inheritance in the heavenly country, ina corruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away.

CHA P. XXXII. In which God promises the Jews a gracious return from cap. itivity, a settled government, and, in due time, Christ the

Branch of righteousness. . IMAOREOVER the word of the Lord came

V unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was 2 yet Thut up in the court of the prison, saying, Thus

saith the LORD the maker thereof, of Zion and Jeru.

Salem, the LORD that formed it, to establish or regulate it; 3 the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer

thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou ...knowest not; an expression of God's favour to the prophet. and of his kindness to his people; as if he had said, I will


make further discoveries of my kind intentions to Israel, not

only in their return from captivity, but in the blessings of 4 the Meliah's kingdom. For thus faith the Lord, the

God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and : concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which

are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword; that is, by engines and mattocks; (the next verse comes in

as a parenthesis concerning the present state of Jerusalem, 5 and the ruin coming upon it;) They come to fight with

the Chaldeans, but [it is] to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city; that is, those from the country that come to attack the besiegers, or the besieged themselves

sallying out, will only provoke them to do so much the more 6 mischief. Behold I will bring it health and cure, and I

will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abund. ance of peace and truth; or, I will grant their prayer for

peace and truth; I will restore their captivity, and heal 7 their civil and spiritual disorders. And I will cause the

captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, 8 and will build them as at the first. And I will cleanse

them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned, against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have trans.

gressed against me; I will remit the punishment of their 9 iniquities. And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise

and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them; and they . Thall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it, they shall be struck with religious awe, and give glory to me for what I have done for

them. : * 10 : Thus faith the LORD; Again there shall be heard in

this place, which ye fay [shall be) desolate, without man, .. and without beast, (even) in the cities of Judah, and in

the streets of Jerusalem, that are defolate, without man II and without inhabitant, and without beast, 'The voice of

joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts; for the LORD M m 2


[is] good; for his mercy (endureth] for ever: [and] of : them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the

houfe of the Lord. For I will cause to return the

captivity of the land, as at the first, faith the LORD: '' there shall be common and religious joy in their families and in their temple; all which was fulfilled in Ezra's time. 12 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Again in this place,

which is desolate without man and without beast, and : in all the.cities thereof, shall be an habitation of thep13 herds causing (their) focks to lie down. In the cities of

the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and

in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of · Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands

of him that telleth (them,] faith the LORD; who counteth them, as they go in or come out of the fold.-Then fol

lows' a prophecy of Christ, and the continuance of the gospela 14 Behold, the days come, faith the LORD, that I will : perform that good thing which I have promised unto

the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the

Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and

he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerufalem shall · dwell safely : and this fis the name) wherewith she shall

be called, The LORD our righteousness; the church hall be called by the name of Christ, as it is the seat of his residence, as the righteousness of its members is derived from

him, and they are dedicated to him. 17 For thus faith the LORD; David shall never want a

man to fit upon the throne of the house of lfrael ; 18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before

me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offer. ings, and to do facrifice continually; Christ shall reign

as a king, and be a priest for ever. 19 And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, 20 saying, Thus faith the LORD ; If ye can break my .. covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night,

and that there should not be day and night in their 21 season ; [Then] may also my covenant be broken with

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David my servant, that he should not have a lon to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the

priests, my ministers; that is, God will always have 22 those who fall preach, profess, and adorn the gospel, As

the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the fand of the sea measured : so will I multiply the feed of David my servant, the Spiritual seed, the people of

Christ, and the Levites that minister unto me. 23 - Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, 24 saying, Confiderest thou not what this people have

spoken, (referring to their enemies deriding, or to the Jews despairing,) saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, Israel and Judah, he hath even caft them off ? thus they have despised. my people, that they

should be no more a nation before them; as if they 25 were never like to be a nation again. Thus faith the

LORD; if my covenant [be] not with day and night,

[and if ] I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven: 26 and earth, day and night, summer and winter; Then will

I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, [ro] that I will not take (any) of his feed (to be rulers over the feed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob : for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them: the christian church pall never cease to the end of the world. ::

REFLECTIONS. 1. T HE visits of God to his people are sufficient to

I make any place and circumstance comfortable. V. 2, 3. God came to Jeremiah with very gracious promises. He had before complained bitterly indeed of his grievous messages, when he had peace and liberty ; here he hath comfortable ones, while confined. God can thus visit his people, and often does, when confined and afflicted ; and makes their secret chambers delightful. None of their enemies can debar them from his visits. If we defire his gracious presence with us in seasons of trouble, we must earnestly pray for it, v. 3, and then we may hope

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