Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Jeremiah
Book: Jeremiah
Chapter: 10

The absurdity of Idolatry. (1-16) Destruction denounced
against Jerusalem. (17-25)

1-16 The Prophet shows the Glory of Israel's God, and exposes
the folly of idolaters. Charms and other attempts to obtain
supernatural help, or to pry into futurity, are copied from the
wicked customs of the Heathen. Let us stand in awe, and not dare
provoke God, By giving that Glory to another which is due to him
alone. He is ready to forgive, and save all who repent and
believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Faith learns these
blessed truths from the Word of God; but all knowledge not from
that source, leads to doctrines of vanity.

17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure.
But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the Word
of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty
terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief
allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine
vengeance easy to be borne By those who fall under it in sullen
despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, By Faith
and Prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of
the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which
men lay Deep, and think Well formed, are dashed to Pieces in a
moment. Events are often overruled, So as to be quite contrary
to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our
steps into the ways of peace and Righteousness, let us entreat
him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct
me; but, Lord, do not correct me in Anger. We may Bear the smart
of God's rod, but we cannot Bear the weight of his wrath. Those
who restrain Prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who
know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe
corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths,
they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then
humble themselves before the Lord.