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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 6\\

This chapter is of the same argument with the former; and contains two
things in it, the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, and the
causes of it, which are intermixedly handled in it; a lively description
is made of the notice of the approach of the enemy by blowing of
trumpets and firing of beacons, \\#Jer 6:1\\, and of the siege of the city,
by pitching tents around it, casting up a mount against it, and scaling
its walls at noon and by night, \\#Jer 6:2-6\\, and this destruction is
illustrated by the simile of gleaning of grapes, \\#Jer 6:9\\, and amplified
by the universality of it, with respect to persons and things; it
reaching to persons of every age, and in every state, as old men, young
men, and children, husbands and wives, and to all sorts of possessions,
houses and fields, \\#Jer 6:11,12,21\\, a description is given of the
instruments of it, the Chaldeans, \\#Jer 6:22,23\\ and it is aggravated by
the anxiety, distress, and sorrow, the Jews would be in on account of it,
\\#Jer 6:24-26\\, the causes of it are in general the great aboundings of
sin and wickedness in the midst of them, illustrated by a fountain
casting out its waters, \\#Jer 6:6,7\\, in particular, their neglect and
contempt of the word of the Lord, \\#Jer 6:10\\, the sin of covetousness,
which prevailed among all sorts of people, high and low, in civil or
religious life, \\#Jer 6:13\\, the unfaithfulness of the prophets to the
people, declaring peace, when there was none, \\#Jer 6:14\\, their
impenitence and hardness, \\#Jer 6:15\\, their disregard to all instructions
and warnings, \\#Jer 6:16,17\\, their rejection of the law, and the precepts
of it, \\#Jer 6:18,19\\, their hypocritical sacrifices, \\#Jer 6:20\\, and
the chapter is concluded with an address to the prophet, setting forth
his character and office, and the end of it, \\#Jer 6:27\\ and his testimony
concerning the people, showing their obstinacy and stubbornness,
illustrated by a simile of refining metal in a furnace without success,
\\#Jer 6:28-30\\.