Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest I make you desolate, a land not inhabited.
I. THE INFINITE GOODNESS AND PATIENCE OF GOD TOWARDS A SINFUL PEOPLE AND HIS GREAT UNWILLINGNESS TO BRING RUIN AND DESTRUCTION UPON THEM. How loath is He that things should come to this extremity?
II. THE ONLY PROPER AND EFFECTUAL MEANS TO PREVENT THE MISERY AND RUIN OF A SINFUL PEOPLE. If they will be instructed, and take warning by the threatenings of God, and will become wiser and better, then His soul will not depart from them, He will not bring upon them the desolation which He hath threatened.
III. THE MISERABLE CASE AND CONDITION OF A PEOPLE, WHEN GOD TAKES OFF HIS AFFECTION FROM THEM AND GIVES OVER ALL FURTHER CARE AND CONCERNMENT FOR THEM. Woe unto them, when His soul departs from them! For when God once leaves them, then all sorts of evil and calamities will break in upon them.
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