The fate of Zedekiah. (1-11) The destruction of Jerusalem.
(12-23) The captivities. (24-30) The advancement of Jehoiachin.
This fruit of sin we should pray against above any thing;
Cast me not away from thy presence,
. None are cast
out of God's presence but those who by sin have first thrown
themselves out. Zedekiah's flight was in vain, for there is no
escaping the judgments of God; they come upon the sinner, and
overtake him, let him flee where he will.
The Chaldean army made woful havoc. But nothing is so
particularly related here, as the carrying away of the articles
in the temple. The remembrance of their beauty and value shows
us the more the evil of sin.
The leaders of the Jews caused them to err; but now they
are, in particular, made monuments of Divine justice. Here is an
account of two earlier captivities. This people often were
wonders both of judgment and mercy.
Those under oppression will find it is not in vain for them to
hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. Our
times are in God's hand, for the hearts of all we have to deal
with are so. May we be enabled, more and more, to rest on the
Rock of Ages, and to look forward with holy faith to that hour,
when the Lord will bring again Zion, and overthrow all the
enemies of the church.
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