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Jer 45:1-5. JEREMIAH COMFORTS BARUCH.
After the completion of the prophecies and histories appertaining to the Jewish people and kings, Jeremiah subjoins one referring to an individual, Baruch; even as there are subjoined to the epistles of Paul addressed to churches, epistles to individuals, some of which were prior in date to the former. Afterwards follow the prophecies referring to other nations, closing the book [GROTIUS]. The date of the events here told is eighteen years before the taking of the city; this chapter in point of time follows the thirty-sixth chapter. Baruch seems to have been regularly employed by Jeremiah to commit his prophecies to writing (Jer 36:1, 4, 32).
1. these words--his prophecies from the thirteenth year of Josiah to the fourth of Jehoiakim.
3. Thou didst say, &c.--Jeremiah does not spare his disciple, but
unveils his fault, namely, fear for his life by reason of the suspicions
which he incurred in the eyes of his countrymen (compare
as if he was in sympathy with the Chaldeans
and instigator of Jeremiah; also ingratitude in speaking of his
"grief," &c., whereas he ought to deem himself highly blessed in being
employed by God to record Jeremiah's prophecies.
5. seekest thou great things for thyself--Thou art over-fastidious
and self-seeking. When My own peculiar people, a "whole" nation
and the temple, are being given to ruin, dost thou expect to be
exempt from all hardship? Baruch had raised his expectations too high
in this world, and this made his distresses harder to be borne. The
frowns of the world would not disquiet us if we did not so eagerly
covet its smiles. What folly to seek great things for ourselves here,
where everything is little, and nothing certain!