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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 2\\

This chapter contains the prophet's message from the Lord to the people
of the Jews; in which they are reminded of their former favours, in
order to aggravate their sins and transgressions they were chargeable
with; to show their ingratitude and unkindness, and to bring them to a
conviction and acknowledgment of their iniquities, without which
punishment would be inflicted on them. The preface to this message is in
\\#Jer 2:1,2\\, and the discourse begins with an account of their former
state and condition when they came out of Egypt; what kindness was shown
them by the Lord, and what was returned to him by them; what they were
to him, and how much regarded by him, \\#Jer 2:2,3\\ and so far were they
from being injured by him, that might cause them to depart from him,
which they are desired to give attention to, that they were followed
with various instances of goodness, which are particularly enumerated;
and yet no notice was taken of them, neither by people, priests,
pastors, and prophets, who were guilty of the grossest ignorance and
wickedness, \\#Jer 2:4-8\\, wherefore the Lord determines to plead with them
and theirs; and charges them with such idolatry as was not to be found
among the Gentiles, \\#Jer 1:9-11\\ the heavens are called upon to be
astonished at it; and the reason given for it, the ingratitude and folly
of this people, \\#Jer 2:12,13\\ in order to reclaim them, the Lord by the
prophet proceeds to observe to them the corrections and chastisement
they had already endured, being brought into bondage, their land wasted,
cities burnt, and their glory taken from them; all which were owing to
their revoltings and backslidings, and by which they might see what an
evil and bitter thing sin is in its effects, \\#Jer 2:14-19\\ and again
reminds them of former favours; how that he loosed them from their yoke
and bonds, when they promised to transgress no more, and yet did more
and more; how he had raised them from a right seed, and planted them a
noble vine, and yet they were sadly degenerated, and were guilty of such
crimes as were not to be removed by anything done by them,
\\#Jer 2:20-22\\, and notwithstanding all this, they had the impudence to
deny that they were tainted with idolatry, when they had been so guilty
of it in the valley of Hinnom, and elsewhere; and were comparable to the
lustful dromedary and wild ass, and so fond of strange gods, that they
thirsted after them, and were resolved to follow them, \\#Jer 2:23-25\\ and
yet the time would come when all ranks of men among them would be
ashamed of their worship of stocks and stones, and in the time of their
trouble call upon the Lord to save them, when they would be sent to
their gods, who were as numerous as their cities, \\#Jer 2:26-28\\ wherefore
it was in vain to plead their innocence, when they were all so guilty,
and had received correction without amendment, and had even slain the
prophets of the Lord, \\#Jer 2:29,30\\ and then the Lord again upbraids them
with their ingratitude to him, who had been so good and kind to them;
with their forgetfulness of him, illustrated by a maid's not forgetting
her ornaments, and a bride her attire; with their artful methods to
entice others to idolatry, and with their shedding of innocent blood;
and yet, after all this, they asserted their innocence, and affirmed
they had never sinned, \\#Jer 2:31-35\\, for all which sentence is
pronounced against them, and punishment is threatened them,
\\#Jer 2:36,37\\.