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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 4\\

This chapter begins with several exhortations to repentance; first to
Israel, or the ten tribes, to return to the Lord with their whole
hearts, and put away their abominations, and serve him in sincerity and
uprightness of soul; with promises of rest and safety to themselves; and
that it would have a happy influence on the Gentiles, and issue in their
conversion; who would hereupon bless themselves in the Lord, and glory
in him, \\#Jer 4:1,2\\, and next to the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem,
to show a concern for renewing and sanctifying grace, signified by
various metaphors, lest they should be consumed with the fire of divine
wrath, \\#Jer 4:3,4\\ and then the destruction of that land and city is
foretold and described, partly by what was introductory to it, and the
proclamation of it, signified by blowing the trumpet, and setting up the
standard, \\#Jer 4:5,6,15,19,20\\, by an account of the destroyers, their
cruelty, swiftness, and diligence, \\#Jer 4:7,13,16,17\\, and of the
destruction itself, compared to a violent wind, \\#Jer 4:11,12\\, by the
effect it should have upon the inhabitants of all sorts, high and low,
\\#Jer 4:8,9\\, and had upon the prophet himself, \\#Jer 4:10,19,21\\, and
by the cause and ground of it, the sins of the people, which they are
called upon to repent of, \\#Jer 4:14,17,18,22\\ and by a vision the prophet
had of the dreadful desolation of the land, \\#Jer 4:23-29\\ and by the vain
and false hopes the people would have of their recovery, and the great
anxiety and distress they would be in, \\#Jer 4:30,31\\.