Jer 6:1
6:1 O ye children of {a} Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out
    of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in {b}
    Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in {c} Bethhaccerem: for
    evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

    (a) He speaks to them chiefly because they should take heed
        by the example of their brethren the other half of their
        tribe, who were now carried away prisoners.
    (b) Which was a city in Judah, six miles from Bethlehem,
        @2Ch 11:6.
    (c) Read @Ne 3:14.

Jer 6:2
6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to {d} a comely and
    delicate [woman].

    (d) I have intreated her gently, and given her abundance of
        all things.

Jer 6:3
6:3 The shepherds with their flocks {e} shall come to her; they
    shall pitch [their] tents against her on every side; they
    shall feed every one in his place.

    (e) She will be so destroyed that the sheep may be fed in

Jer 6:4
6:4 {f} Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at
    noon. Woe to us! for the day departeth, for the shadows of
    the evening are lengthened.

    (f) He speaks this in the person of the Babylonians, who
        complain that the time fails them before they have
        brought their enterprises to pass.

Jer 6:7
6:7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her
    wickedness: {g} violence and destruction is heard in her;
    before me continually [are] grief and wounds.

    (g) He shows the reason why it would be destroyed, and how
        it comes from themselves.

Jer 6:8
6:8 Be thou instructed, O {h} Jerusalem, lest my soul depart
    from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

    (h) He warns them to amend by his correction, and turn to
        him by repentance.

Jer 6:9
6:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall thoroughly glean
    the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn {i} back thy hand as a
    grapegatherer into the baskets.

    (i) He exhorts the Babylonians to be diligent to search out
        all and to leave none.

Jer 6:10
6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may
     hear?  behold, their ear [is] {k} uncircumcised, and they
     cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is to them a
     reproach; they have no delight in it.

     (k) They delight to hear vain things, and to shut up their
         ears to true doctrine.

Jer 6:11
6:11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary
     with holding in: {l} I will pour it out upon the {m}
     children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men
     together: for even the husband with the wife shall be
     taken, the aged with [him that is] full of days.

     (l) As the Lord had given him his word to be as a fire of
         his indignation to burn the wicked, @Jer 5:14 so
         he kindles it now when he sees that all remedies are
     (m) No one will be spared.

Jer 6:14
6:14 They have healed also the hurt [of the daughter] of my
     people slightly, saying, {n} Peace, peace; when [there is]
     no peace.

     (n) When the people began to fear God's judgments, the
         false prophets comforted them by flatterings, showing
         that God would send peace and not war.

Jer 6:16
6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask
     for the {o} old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk in
     it, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said,
     We will not walk [in it].

     (o) In which the patriarchs and prophets walked, directed
         by the word of God: signifying that there is no true
         way, but that which God prescribes.

Jer 6:17
6:17 Also I set {p} watchmen over you, [saying], Hearken to the
     sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

     (p) Prophets who would warn you of the dangers that were at

Jer 6:18
6:18 Therefore hear, ye {q} nations, and know, O congregation,
     what [is] among them.

     (q) God takes all the world to witness and the insensible
         creatures of the ingratitude of the Jews.

Jer 6:20
6:20 To what purpose cometh there to me {r} incense from Sheba,
     and the sweet cane from a distant country? your burnt
     offerings [are] not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet
     to me.

     (r) Read @Isa 1:11, Am 5:21.

Jer 6:22
6:22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the {s}
     north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the
     sides of the earth.

     (s) From Babylon by Dan, which was north of Jerusalem.

Jer 6:24
6:24 We have heard the report of it: our hands become {t}
     feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, [and] pain, as of a
     woman in travail.

     (t) For fear of the enemy: he speaks this in the person of
         the Jews.

Jer 6:27
6:27 I have set {u} thee [for] a tower [and] a fortress among my
     people, that thou mayest know and try their way.

     (u) Meaning, Jeremiah, whom God had appointed to try out
         the godly from the wicked, as a founder does the pure
         metal from the dross.

Jer 6:29
6:29 The {x} bellows is burned, the lead is consumed by the
     fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not
     plucked away.

     (x) All the pain and labour that has been taken with them
         is lost.

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