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COMMENTARIES

ON

THE PROPHET JEREMIAH

AND

THE LAMENTATIONS.

VOL. II.

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FOR THE PUBLICATION OF TRANSLATIONS OF THE WORKS OF

JOHN CALVIN.

Acting and Editorial Secretary, Robert Pitcairn, F.S.A. Scot,

Calvin Office, 9, Morthumberland Street, Edinburgh.

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COMMENTARIES

ON THE

BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH

AND

THE LAMENTATIONS.

BY JOHN CALVIN.

TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN, AND EDITED

BY THE REV. JOHN OWEN,

VICAR OF THRUSSINGTON, LEICESTERSHIRE.

VOLUME SECOND.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR THE CALVIN TRANSLATION SOCIETY.

M.DCCC.LI.

AN INTERPRETER (CALVIN) OF PRIME Note.”Gataker. “ I KNOW NO MAN, SINCE THE APOSTLES' DAYS, WHOM I VALUE AND HONOUR MORE THAN CALVIN, AND WHOSE JUDGMENT IN ALL THINGS, ONE WITH ANOTHER, I MORE ESTEEM AND COME NEARER TO."- Richard Baxter.

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HOWEVER MEN MAY DIPFER WITH REGARD TO THE CORRECTNESS, OR OTHERWISE, OF Calvin's OPINIONS AS TO God's MIND RESPECTING US HIS CREATURES, THERE IS BUT ONE SENTIMENT OF HIS VALUE AS A CRITIC AND EXPOUNDER.”- Dr. Lewellin, Principal of St. David's College, Lampeter.

EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY T. CONSTABLE, PRINTER TO HER MAJESTY.

COMMENTARIES

ON

THE PROPHET JEREMIAH.

Lecture Thirty-Ninth.

CHAPTER X.

1. Hear ye the word which the 1. Audite verbum quod loquitur Lord speaketh unto you, O house of (sermonem quem profert) Jehova Israel;

ad vos, domus Israel: 2. Thus saith the Lord, Learn 2. Sic dicit Jehova, Viam gentium not the way of the heathen, and be ne didiceritis, et à signis cælorum not dismayed at the signs of heaven ; ne metuatis; quoniam metuunt ab forthe heathen are dismayed at them. illis gentes.

JEREMIAH enters here on a new subject. Though he had, no doubt, taught this truth often, yet I consider it as distinct from what has gone before ; for he begins here a new attack on those superstitions to which the Jews were then extremely addicted. He exhorts them first to hear the word of Jehovah ; for they had so hardened themselves in the errors which they had derived from the Gentiles, and the contagion had so prevailed, that they could not be easily drawn away from them. This, then, is the reason why he used a sort of preface, and said, Hear ye the word of Jehovah, which he speaks to you, O house of Israel.

He then mentions the error in which the Chaldeans and the Egyptians were involved ; for they were, we know, very attentive observers of the stars. And this is expressly stated,

* Here the preceding lecture ends in the original; but in order to keep the chapters distinct, this section has been transferred to the present lecture. A similar arrangement is adopted as to the last lecture in this volume.-Ed.

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