Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Jeremiah
Book: Jeremiah
Chapter: 43

The leaders carry the people to Egypt. (1-7) Jeremiah
foretells the conquest of Egypt. (8-13)

1-7 Only By pride comes contention, both with God and Man. They
preferred their own Wisdom to the revealed will of God. Men deny
the Scriptures to be the Word of God, because they are resolved
not to conform themselves to Scripture rules. When men will
persist in Sin, they charge the best actions to bad motives.
These Jews deserted their own land, and threw themselves out of
God's protection. It is the folly of men, that they often ruin
themselves By wrong endeavours to mend their situation.

8-13 God can find his people wherever they are. The Spirit of
Prophecy was not confined to the land of Israel. It is foretold
that Nebuchadnezzar should destroy and carry into Captivity many
of the Egyptians. Thus God makes one wicked Man, or wicked
nation, a scourge and Plague to another. He will punish those
who deceive his professing people, or tempt them to rebellion.