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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 26\\

This chapter gives an account of Jeremiah's preaching; of his being
apprehended by the people; of his defence of himself, and acquittance
upon it. The time when, place where, and persons to whom the prophet
delivered his discourse, are pointed at in \\#Jer 26:1,2\\; the substance
of it was, that if the people of the Jews would repent of their sins
and turn from them, the Lord would avert the evil he had threatened
them with; but if not, he would make their temple like Shiloh, and
their city a curse to all the earth, \\#Jer 26:3-6\\; upon hearing which
the people seized him, and vowed he should die, because he had
prophesied of the destruction of their city and temple, \\#Jer 26:7-9\\;
which the princes hearing of, came from the king's house to one of the
gates of the temple, and sat as a court of judicature; to whom the
priests and prophets accused Jeremiah of the above things as worthy of
death, \\#Jer 26:10,11\\; and before whom the prophet made his defence,
alleging his mission and orders from the Lord; and therefore, instead
of recanting, repeats his exhortation; and as for himself, he was not
careful what they did to him; but advises them not to shed innocent
blood, since it would bring evil upon them, \\#Jer 26:12-15\\; upon which
the princes acquit him, and declare him innocent, \\#Jer 26:16\\; and this
is confirmed by a like instance of Micah the prophet, in the times of
Hezekiah, who prophesied of the destruction of Jerusalem, and yet was
not put to death, \\#Jer 26:17-19\\; and by a contrary instance of Uriah,
in the then present reign of Jehoiakim, who had been put to death for
the like, but wrongly, \\#Jer 26:20-23\\; and, in the issue, Jeremiah,
through the good office of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, particularly,
was saved from being put to death, \\#Jer 26:24\\.