Jeremiah Chapter 18 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Vnder the type of a potter is shewed Gods absolute power in disposing of Nations. 11 Iudgements threatned to Iudah for her strange reuolt. 18 Ieremiah prayeth against his conspiratours.
11 ¶ Now therefore goe to, speake to the men of Iudah, and to the inhabitants of Ierusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I frame euill against you, and deuise a deuice against you: returne ye now euery one from his euill way, and make your waies and your doings good.11
18 ¶ Then said they, Come, and let vs deuise deuices against Ieremiah: for the Law shall not perish from the Priest, nor counsell from the wise, nor the word from the prophet: Come and let vs smite him with the tongue, and let vs not giue heede to any of his wordes.18
21 Therefore deliuer vp their children to the famine, and powre out their blood by the force of the sword, and let their wiues be bereaued of their children and be widowes, and let their men be put to death, let their yong men be slaine by the sword in battell.21
23 Yet Lord thou knowest all their counsell against me to slay mee: forgiue not their iniquitie, neither blot out their sinne from thy sight, but let them bee ouerthrowen before thee, deale thus with them in the time of thine anger.23
View Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah Chapter 18
18:6 Cannot I do - That God hath an absolute sovereign power to do what he pleases with the work of his hands: but he acts as a just judge, rendering to every man according to his works.
18:14 Of Lebanon - Lebanon had rocks, and also fruitful valleys; snow fell upon these rocks, and upon a thaw ran down into the lower places. Reason teaches men not to forsake a greater good for a less, tho' that greater good was but a poor creature comfort, not to be compared with God.
18:15 Vanity - Idols. Ancient paths - The ways wherein Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the ancient patriarchs walked. To walk - In a way not cast up, not fit for God's people to walk in.
18:16 Desolate - Not that this was the end they aimed at, but it was the end these courses would certainly issue in.
18:17 East wind - The east wind was in those parts the fiercest wind. As the east - wind scatters the chaff, so saith God, I will scatter them. In their calamity - And when they shall be in great calamity, I will turn my back upon them, I will not regard their prayers.
18:18 For - We have the church on our side; the regular priests and the prophets, they know God's mind as well as he. Let us smite him with the tongue - Expose him, representing him to be what the people hate.
18:21 Therefore - But is it lawful for God's servants to pray for evil against their enemies? It is not lawful for Christians. It is doubtless our duty, to pray for the conversion, forgiveness, and eternal salvation of our worst enemies.
Jeremiah Chapter 18 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
3 Or, frames or seates.
4 Or, that he made, was marred as clay in the hand of the potter. , Hebr. returned and made.
6 Isa.45. 9. rom.9. 10. wisd.15.7.
7 Chap.1. 10.
11 2. Kin. 17.13. chap. 7. 3. and 25.5. and 35.15.
12 Chap. 2. 25.
13 Chap. 2. 10.
14 Or, my fields for a rocke, or for the snow of Lebanon? Shall the running waters be forsaken for the strange cold waters? , Cha.2.13.
15 Chap.17. 13. , Chap.6. 16.
16 Chap.19. 8. and 49. 13. and 50. 13.
18 Mal. 2.7. , Or, for the tongue.
21 Heb. powre them out. , Psal.109. 10.
23 Hebr. for death.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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