The following commentary covers Chapters 19 and 20.
announced: the priest's opposition and Jeremiah's
Chapters 19 and 20 shew us
the judgment of Jerusalem announced in terms that require
little explanation; and we have in chapter 20 a sample of
the opposition of the priests, and of Jeremiah's
sufferings. But this does not prevent Jeremiah's
denouncing the priest himself, and repeating that which
he had said of Jerusalem. Nevertheless we see the effect
of these sufferings on his heart. He was compelled, as it
were, by the Lord to bear this testimony. He has not (and
it is the same with the remnant) the willing spirit that
rejoices in tribulation by the power of the Holy Ghost.
He was the subject of constant mockery. They watched for
his halting, so that he would gladly have been silent;
but the word of Jehovah was like fire in his bones. Alas!
we understand all thisthe deep iniquity of the men
who are called the people of God; the way in which the
feeble heart recoils before this iniquity, that has
neither heart nor conscience; and how on these occasions
the word is too strong in us to be shut up in our heart.
Nevertheless with all this fear he had also the
consciousness that Jehovah was with him, and he again
asks for vengeance (which, in fact, is deliverance, and
the only deliverance of those who have the testimony of
Christ in such a position). This deliverance is
celebrated in verse 13; but in verses 14-18, we see to
what a point personal grief may drive those who are
subjected to such a trial as this.
See the same thing in
Joba picture of the same condition, that is to say,
of a soul tried by all the malice of Satan, without the
full knowledge of grace, in the sense of its own
nothingness, and in the forgetfulness of self. This will
be precisely the state of the remnant in the last days.
Christ is the model of perfection in what answered to
these circumstances of trial, the reality of which He
thoroughly experienced and felt, when He had yet to
undergo for others what laid the foundation of grace for