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45:1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, 45:2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch: 45:3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.
45:4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.
45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

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Everything King James Bible:Jeremiah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Jeremiah
Book: Jeremiah
Chapter: 45

An encouragement sent to Baruch.
- Baruch was employed in Writing Jeremiah's prophecies, and
reading them, see Jer 36, and was threatened for it By the
King. Young beginners in religion are apt to be discouraged with
little difficulties, which they commonly meet with at first in
the service of God. These complaints and fears came from his
corruptions. Baruch had raised his expectations too high in this
world, and that made the distress and trouble he was in harder
to be borne. The frowns of the world would not disquiet us, if
we did not foolishly flatter ourselves with the hopes of its
smiles, and Court and covet them. What a folly is it then to
seek great things for ourselves here, where every thing is
little, and nothing certain! The Lord knows the real cause of
our fretfulness and despondency better than we do, and we should
Beg of him to examine our hearts, and to repress every wrong
desire in us.

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