The only way of deliverance is to be surrendering to the
Babylonians. (1-10) The wickedness of the king and his
When the siege had begun, Zedekiah sent to ask of Jeremiah
respecting the event. In times of distress and danger, men often
seek those to counsel and pray for them, whom, at other times,
they despise and oppose; but they only seek deliverance from
punishment. When professors continue in disobedience, presuming
upon outward privileges, let them be told that the Lord will
prosper his open enemies against them. As the king and his
princes would not surrender, the people are exhorted to do so.
No sinner on earth is left without a Refuge, who really desires
one; but the way of life is humbling, it requires self-denial,
and exposes to difficulties.
The wickedness of the king and his family was the worse
because of their relation to David. They were urged to act with
justice, at once, lest the Lord's anger should be unquenchable.
If God be for us, who can be against us? But if he be against
us, who can do any thing for us?