Read Jeremiah 37:16-21.
A. Look at Sodom and Gomorrah before the angels destroyed it.
God first spoke to Abraham and the people ignored his message.
Before judgment ever falls God will first try to find a man who will stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
“I sought for a man.” Someone put it this way, “I saw that there was a serious break made in the moral state and feeling of the people, and I sought for a man that would stand in the gap; that would faithfully exhort, reprove and warn with all long-suffering and doctrine, but I found none!”
Not that there was not a righteous man in the city. Because Jeremiah and Baruch were still there; but Jeremiah had been forbidden to pray for the people (11:14).
B. Look at Noah.
Before the flood he warned people for 120 years with nothing but deaf ears. They also ignored his message.
C. Look at Jonah and Nineveh.
First Jonah ignored God and had to be chastened to pay attention.
Let’s look at our text verses again: verses 16-21.
Verse 16. “Dungeon, cabins.”
The prison consisted of a pit with vaulted cells around the sides of it. The “cabins,” barely enough room to stand up.
Verse 17. “Secretly.”
Zedekiah was ashamed to be seen by his princes consulting Jeremiah over this.
“Thou shalt be delivered.” I’ll tell you this for certain, had Jeremiah consulted his earthly interests, he would have answered very differently.
Verse 18. “What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?”
Verse 19. “Where are now your prophets?” The incident has proven them to be liars.
“Lest I die there” From lack of proper sustenance (37:20).
“All the bread spent.” Jeremiah had bread supplied to him until he was thrown into the dungeon of Malchiah, at which time the bread in the city was gone.

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