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5Q. How did Jeremiah fhew them the Heinoufnefs of their Sins by a View of the Example of the Rechabites?
A. Since all the Family of Rechab abftained from Wine, which is no unlawful Liquor, meerly because Jonadab their Father forbid them; much more fhould the Jews have abstained from those Practices which are utterly unlawful, when theGod of Ifrael had forbid them, Fer. XXXV.
6 Q. What were fome of the Emblems by which God ordered Jeremiah to foretel their Calamities?
A. A Linen Girdle, a Potter's Veffel, an Earthen Bottle, Yokes of Wood and of Iron, &c. 7Q What was defigned by the Linen Girdle? A. Jeremiah was commanded to hide it in the Hole of a Rock near the River Euphrates, and when he fought it again, it was quite fpoiled; fo God decreed to fpoil the Pride of Jerufalem by the Nation that dwelt near Euphrates, that is, Affyria, Jer. xiii.
8Q. What was intended by the Potter's Veffel? A. As when the Veffel of Clay was spoiled in the making, the Form of it was changed, and it was moulded up into another Veffel, as the Potter pleafed; fo God declared his Power over the House of Ifrael, to manage and difpofe of them as he pleased; and that he would change his Providences and their State, according to their Behaviour, Jer. xviii.
9Q What further Leffon was taught by an Earthen Bottle?
A. Jeremiah was commanded to break the Bottle in the Sight of the Priefts and the Elders, and to declare, Thus faith the Lord, Even Jo will I break this Nation and this City, that it fall not be made whole again, Jer. xix.
10Q. What did Jeremiah teach them by the Emblems of Bonds and Yokes?
A. In the Days of Jehoiakim, King of Judah, God commanded Jeremiah to make Bonds and? Yokes, and put them upon his own Neck, and then to fend them to the Kings of the Nations round about, to affure them that they fhould all be made fubject to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, Jer. xxvii. 1-12.
IIQ. Who were Jeremiah's chief Enemies? A. The Priefts and the falfe Prophets, whos would have put him to Death in the Reign of Jehoiakim, Jer. xxvi. 1-8.
12 Q. Who faved Jeremiah at that Time? A. The Princes and the People faved him from Death, though the King flew Urijah the Prophet, who confirmed the Words of Jeremiah,ver. 10-24. 13 Q. What Abufes did Jeremiah receive from Pafhur the Prieft?
A. Pafhur fmote the Prophet, and put him in the Stocks, Jer. xx. 1, 2.
14 Q. What Evil was denounced against Pashur on this Account ?
A. God changed his Name to Magor-Missabib, to denote that he should be a Terror to himself and. to all his Friends; and foretold that he should be led captive to Babylon, and die there, ver. 3-5.
15Q How did Jeremiah's Patience hold out under the many Injuries he received?
A. In the Main he continued to truft in God, but once he murmured againft God, refufed to prophefy, and curfed the Day of his Birth, ver. 7-18. 16 Q In what Manner did God overcome his Murmuring and his Difobedience?
A. The Word of the Lord was in his Heart like a burning Fire fhut up in his Bones, and he could not forbear speaking, ver. 9.
17 Q How did Jeremiah publifh his Prophecies. H 3.
when he could not appear in public himself, being fhut up in Prifon?
A. He commanded Baruch the Scribe to write the Words of his Prophecies from his Mouth in a Volume of a Book, and to read them in the Ears of the People in the Temple on a Faft-Day, Jer.
18 Q. What Effect had this upon Jehoiakim the King?
A. When he heard of it, he fent for the Volume, read a little of it, cut it with a Penknife, and burnt it in the Fire, and then fent to feize Jeremiah and Baruch; but God by his kind Providence kept them hid from the King, ver. 20—26.
19 Q. What was the next Meffage from God to Jeremiah?
A. That he should take another Volume, and that Baruch fhould write over again from his Mouth the fame Words, and many others of the fame Import, ver. 27, 32.
20 Q. What did Jeremiah prophefy concerning Jehoahaz, the Son of Jofiah King of Judah, who is here called Shallum?
A. That he should die a Captive in the Land of Egypt, Jer. xxii. 11, 12. 2 Kings xxiii. 31-34. 21 Q. What did he fay concerning Jehoiakim his Brother?
A. That he fhould die unlamented, and be buried like an Afs, drawn and caft out beyond the Gates of Jerufalem, Jer. xxii. 18, 20.
22 Q. What did he pronounce concerning Jehoiachin, who is alfo called Jeconiah and Coniah?
A. That he fhould die in a ftrange Land, and none of his Seed should fit on the Throne of Judah, Jer. xxii. 24-30. and he accordingly was carried to Babylon, and lived long there, and there he died, fer. lii. 31.
23Q. What Advice did he give to Zedekiah, King of Judah?
A. To fubmit willingly to the Yoke of the King of Babylon, that both he and his People might meet with better Treatment, Jer. xxvii. 12, 18. 24 Q. How did the falfe Prophet Hanamiah oppofe Jeremiah?
A. He took the Yoke from the Prophet Jeremiah's Neck, which probably he had worn for fome Years; and as he brake it, he declared, The Lord would break the Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar in two Years from the Necks of the Nations, Jer. xxviii.
25 Q. How did Jeremiah anfwer him?
A. That God had appointed Yokes of Iron inftead of Yokes of Wood, for all the Nations to ferve the King of Babylon; and that Hananiah fhould die in that Year for his Falfhood; which came to pass in two Months after, ver. 10—17.
26 Q. Among all thefe Predictions of Diftrefs, did not Jeremiah prophefy any Thing comfortable to the Nation of Ifrael?
A Yes, he foretold the Return of the Jews to their own Land with Joy, after seventy Years Captivity; and he encouraged their Faith and Hope by many gracious Promifes of the Meffiah who was to come, fer. chapters xxv, xxix, xxx, and xxxi.
27 Q. How did King Zedekiah deal with Jeremiah the Prophet when Nebuchadnezzar befieged Jerufalem?
A. He shut him up in the Court of the Prifon which was in the King's Houfe, because he foretold that Jerufalem fhould be taken, and that Zedekiah the King fhould not efcape, but be carried to Babylon, Jer. xxxii. 1-5.
28 Q. What did Jeremiah do in Prison to affure H 4
them that the Jews fhould return from Captivity, and poffefs the Cities of Judah again?
A. By exprefs Order from God he bought a Field of his Coufin Hananeel, paid him the Money, fubfcribed the Evidence, and fealed it before Witneffes, as an Emblem and Pledge of what should be done in Jerufalem hereafter, ver. 6-16, 44.
29 Q. What did Jeremiah do when he was at Liberty?
A. He endeavoured to flee out of Jerufalem, but he was feized by the Guard upon Sufpicion of falling away to the Chaldeans, and he was thrust. down into a Dungeon by the Princes, because he prophefied the Deftruction of the City, Jer, chapters xxxvii. 11–16. and xxxviii. 1—6.
30Q. What Relief did the Prophet find there? A. When he funk in the Mire, Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, a Servant in the King's House, drew him up with Ropes, by Leave from the King; and he remained in the Court of the Prifon till the City was taken, ver. 7-14.
31 Q. What Favour did God fhew to Ebedmelech on this Account?
A. He affured him he should not die by the Sword, but his Life fhould be given him, becaufe he trufted in the Lord, Jer. xxxix. 16.
32 Q. When Zedekiah the King fent for Jeremiah, what Meffage had he from God?
A. He repeated his Advice to the King of Judah, to go forth and fubmit to the King of Babylon, in order to fave himself and the City, ver. 17, &c.
33 Q. Did the King hearken to his Advice? A. No, he did not obey the Prophet; fo the City was taken, and burnt, the Princes of Judah were flain, and the King's Sons were put to Death before his Eyes: Then the King had his Eyes put