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Idolatry is a land desolating sin.

To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. (Jer. 18:Ver.16).

To make their land desolate. Not intentionally so; but yet eventually. Idolatry is a land desolating sin. Continue reading “Idolatry is a land desolating sin.”

Of all things God cannot abide to be forgotten

Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up; (Jer. 18:Ver. 15.)

Because my people hath forgotten me. Not forsaken me only. Of all things God cannot abide to be forgotten; this is that very horrible thing, {#Jer 18:13} this is filthiness in virgin Israel, which is most abominable. Continue reading “Of all things God cannot abide to be forgotten”

God himself seemeth to wonder

(Jer. 18:13)  Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.

Therefore thus saith the Lord. God himself seemeth here to wonder at the desperate obstinace of this people, as not to be matched again. Like as our Saviour marvelled at the unbelief of the Nazarites, and could do for them no mighty work. Continue reading “God himself seemeth to wonder”

Judgments, the more sudden, the more direful they are

(Jer. 18: 9-10)   And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

Then will I repent of the good.

  • I will take away mine own, and be gone; {#Ho 2:9}
  • “curse their blessings,” {#Mal 2:2} and
  • “destroy them after that I have done them good”; {as #Jos 24:20}

and all this, whether for the better or for the worse to a nation, God usually doth on the sudden.

“At what instant,” &c. Mercies, the more unexpected, the more welcome; judgments, the more sudden, the more direful they are. Continue reading “Judgments, the more sudden, the more direful they are”

Spiritual idleness is as bad as corporal labour

(Jer. 17: Ver. 24) And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein;

But hallow the Sabbath day, ] sc., By spending the holy time holily, else God may sue us on an action of waste. Idleness is a sin any day, but specially on the Sabbath day; spiritual idleness then, is as bad as corporal labour. Continue reading “Spiritual idleness is as bad as corporal labour”

The heart is full of turnings and windings, nooks and corners

(Jer: 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

It is full of turnings and windings, nooks and corners, wiles and sleights. It deceived David, as wise as he was, and tripped up his heels, as the word here used importeth; {#Ps 39:1-3} so it did Peter. {#Joh 13:37,38} Fitly doth the prophet here call our hearts “deceitful,” in that word in the original, from whence Jacob had his name, because our fleshly hearts do the same things to the spirit in doing of good, which Jacob did to his brother—supplant it and catch it by the heel while it is running the Christian race.


17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

The Hebrew for river is jubal; and the jubilee, saith one, had its name from this word, which signifieth a stream or watercourse, as carrying us to Christ, who is the truth of this type.

*** Continue reading “Jubilee”

It importeth his extreme restlessness

(Jer. 17: 6) For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

Such shall have no content or satisfaction. Compare #Mt 12:43.

The unclean spirit cast out “walks in dry places,” &c.; not but that dry and wet is all one with him, but it importeth his extreme restlessness. Continue reading “It importeth his extreme restlessness”

As if he held God to be his debtor

(Jer. 15:15) Know that for thy cause I have suffered rebuke.

Ceu dabitorem compellat Deum, suaque adducit merita.

He delivers himself as if he held God to be his debtor. This was not so well. Continue reading “As if he held God to be his debtor”

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