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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 21

he only way of deliverance is to be surrendering to the Babylonians. (1-10) The wickedness of the king and his household. (11-14)

Verses 1-10: 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.

Verses 11-14: 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?

 


David Burnette's Life Application


When we Fail

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Jeremiah 21. In our text today we see judgment come upon Jerusalem because of her disobedience as a people but even in judgment God did not wipe out Jerusalem. Yes, they suffered greatly for their actions but God was not done with Jerusalem. In making application we see that when we fail and suffer rebuke and judgment by disobeying our Lord but God we will suffer the consequences of our sin but our loving Heavenly Father is not done with us yet. He has a plan and a work for us to do. How about you? Do you understand God can use even when you fail? Let us learn from our text today and example of Jerusalem to see that even when we fail our Heavenly Father never stops loving us and is willing to use us to do His work if we will simply repent.

 

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Jeremiah 21

Jeremiah 21

 1The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,

 2Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

 3Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:

 4Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.

 5And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.

 6And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.

 7And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.

 8And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

 9He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.

 10For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.

 11And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD;

 12O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

 13Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?

 14But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.