Jeremiah 37:1-8, 11-21
After Jehoiakim’s son had been removed, another son of Josiah came to the throne.
Jeremiah 37:1, 2
Amazing folly! They would not see, though the judgments of God stared them in the face.
He wanted his prayers, but not his sermons. How like the ungodly of our days! Zedekiah had broken his solemn oath to the Babylonian king, and well might he fear his just anger; and moreover the people had followed the abominations of the heathen, so that the eleven years’ reign of Zedekiah had been a great provocation to the Lord.
Jeremiah 37:11, 12
Intending to wander hither and thither as a witness that Jerusalem was unsafe to dwell in.
They were willing to make prisons of their private houses, but they had no room for the worship of the Lord.
Jeremiah 37:16, 17
When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, or vaulted cells in the pit
Thus boldly did the good man speak: we should always be brave in the Lord’s cause.
Thus was the promise fulfilled, “in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.” God takes care that those who serve him well shall not starve.
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Though troubles assail, and dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail, and foes all unite;
Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,
The Scripture assures us, “The Lord will provide.”
When Satan appears, to stop up our path,
And fill us with fears, we triumph by faith:
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
This heart cheering promise, “The Lord will provide.”