18:4 And the vessel that he made of a clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make [it].
(a) As the potter has power over the clay to make
what pot he will, or to break them, when he has made them: so have I power
over you to do with you as seems good to me, (Isaiah
If that nation, against which I have pronounced, shall turn from their evil, I
will b repent of the evil that I thought
to do to them.
(b) When the Scripture attributes repentance to
God, it is not that he does contrary to that which he has ordained in his
secret counsel: but when he threatens it is a calling to repentance, and when
he gives man grace to repent, the threatening (which ever contains a condition
in it) takes no place: and this the scripture calls repentance in God, because
it so appears to man's judgment.
And they said, c There is no hope: but
we will walk after our own plots, and we will every one do the imagination of
his evil heart.
(c) As men who had no remorse but were altogether
bent to rebellion and to their own selfwill.
18:14 Will [a man] leave
the snow of Lebanon [which cometh] from the rock of the field? d
[or] shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?
(d) As no man that has thirst refuses fresh
waters which he has at home, to go and seek waters abroad to quench his
thirst: so they should not seek help and comfort from strangers and leave God
who was present with them.
18:15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they
have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their
ways [from] the e ancient paths, to walk
in paths, [in] a way not cast up;
(e) That is, the way of truth which God had
taught by his law, (Jeremiah
18:17 I will scatter them
as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and f
not the face, in the day of their calamity.
(f) I will show my anger and not my favour toward
18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise
plots against Jeremiah; for the law g
shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from
the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the h
tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
(g) This argument the wicked have always used
against the servants of God. The church cannot err: we are the Church, and
therefore whoever speaks against us, they ought to die, (1 Kings
2:4) and thus the false Church persecutes the true Church, which stands
not in outward pomp, and in multitude, but is known by the graces of the Holy
(h) Let us slander him and accuse him: for we
will be believed.
Therefore i deliver their children to
the famine, and pour out their [blood] by the force of the sword; and let their
wives be bereaved of their children, and [be] widows; and let their men be put
to death; [let] their young men [be] slain by the sword in battle.
(i) Seeing the obstinate malice of the
adversaries, who grew daily more and more, the prophet being moved with
God's Spirit, without any carnal affection prays for their destruction
because he knew that it would be to God's glory, and profit of his Church.