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31. Jeremiah.] The human authorship of this work, is also announced to us in the work itself being told, in the first verse of the first chapter,
that, it consists of “the words of Jeremiah the sou of Hilkiah.” The use of the first person is also frequent—as in i. 4, &c.; iii. 6; ix. 1, &c., &c.—and in xxxvi. 1, &c., we read of a commandment from the Lord to Jeremiah by name—that he should write his prophecies in a book, for the purpose of their being publicly read in the temple. We have besides express notice of him in sacred history—as in 2 Chr. xxxv. 25, and xxxvi. 21, 22—the last of these notices being repeated in the beginning of the book of Ezra. A divine original is expressly claimed for the book of Jeremiah at its commencement; and may be gathered from xxxiv. 2, and other places. It may also be argued from the
known fulfilment of its predictions—as in chap. xxv. 11, 12, and xxix. 10—followed up by a noble consecutive testimony on the part of the prophet Daniel." And the whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations,” Jer. xxv. 11, 12. “ In the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem,” Daniel ix. 2. We subjoin a few more of these scriptural attestations.
- Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes ?” Jer. vii.
ll. " But ye have made it (my house) a den of thieves,” Matt. xxi. 13. See also Mark xi. 17; Luke xix. 46. “ Now therefore, go speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good,” Jer. xviii. 11. “Be ye not as your fathers unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings,” Zech. i. 4.-" Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you,” Jer. xxix. 12. “ And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications,” Dan. ix. 3.-" Thus saith the Lord, A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not,” Jer. xxxi. 15-followed up by this most satisfactory authentication. “ Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Ramah was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not,” Matt. ii. 18. The next is a highly important quotation.—“ Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord. But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people,” &c. Jer. xxxi. 31–33, &c. “He (God) saith, Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah; Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the cove
nant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people,” &c. Heb. viü. 8-10, &c. The same quotation is repeated in Heb. x. 16, 17, as the saying of the Holy Ghost-a direct statement of the inspiration of Jeremiah.—“Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord, from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner,” Jer. xxxiii. 38. “ Then they builded even unto the tower of Hananeel,” Neh. iii. 1.* * See further
Jer, xvi. 9.-Ezek. xxvi. 13. Jer. i. 8. Ezek. iii. 9.
xvii. 10.-Rev. ii. 23. ii. 6.-Hos, xii. 4.
xviii. 6.-Kom. ix. 21. ii. 21.-Matt. xxi. 33.
xviii. 8.-Jonah iii. 10.' Mark xii. 1.
xviii. 11.-2 Kings xvii. 13. Luke xx. 9.
Zech. i. 4. ii. 30.--Matt. xxiji. 29, &c.
xi. 17. ii. 12.-Zech. i. 4.
jii. 8. iii. 22.-Hos. xiv. 1, 4.
vi. 12. vi. 14.--Ezek. xiii. 10.
xxiii. 17.-Ezek. xiii. 10. vi. 20.-Amos v. 21.
xxiii. 24.-- Amos ix. 2, 3. Mic. vi. 6.
xxiv. 7.-Ezek. xi. 19. Mal. i. 10.
xxxvi. 26, 27. vi. 28.--Ezek. xxii, 18. xxy. 30.-Joel iii. 16. ix. 4, 29.--Mic. vii. 5, 6.
Amos i. 2. ix. 24.-1 Cor. i. 31.
xxvi. 2.-Acts xx. 27. 2 Cor. x. 17.
xxvii. 5.-Dan. iv. 17, 25. ix. 26.-Rom. ii. 28.
xxix.10.-2Chr.xxxvi. 21,22. x. 7.-Rev. xv. 4.
Dan. ix. 2. xi. 3.-Gal. iii. 10.
xxx. 9.--Ezek. xxxiv. 23. xi. 11.-Zech. vii. 13.
xxxvii. 24. xiii. 17.-Lam. i. 2, 16.
Hos. iii. 5. ii. 18.
xxxi, 1.-2 Cor. vi. 16. xiv. 12.-Zech. vii. 13.
Heb. xiii. 10. xiv. 17.-Lam. i. 16.
xxxi. 29.-Ezek. xviii. 2. ii. 18.
xxxi. 31.--Heb. x. 16. xv. 1.- Ezek. xiv. 14.
xxxi. 34.-John vi. 45. xv. 2.-Zech. xi. 9.
Mic. vii. 18. xv. 9.-Amos viii. 9.
Acts x. 43.. xv. 16.- Ezek. iii. 3.
xxxii. 39.-Ezek. xi. 19. Rev. x. 9.
xxxiii. 15.---Zech. iii. 8.