Vv 1,2: "It was Job's problem over again, in almost an acute a
form, for, like Job, Jeremiah could urge his own blamelessness [v 3]" (WJer
"Nevertheless in the LORD's response there was but cold
comfort at present for this solitary sensitive witness for truth..." (WJer 49).
IF YOU HAVE RACED WITH MEN ON FOOT AND THEY HAVE WORN YOU
OUT, HOW CAN YOU COMPETE WITH HORSES?: " 'Your experiences hitherto are but
mild compared with what is to come; this is but an apprenticeship to fit you
greater rigour and higher endeavour'... Poor Jeremiah! Is there no crumb of
comfort for your soul? Hold fast to your confidence in the righteous judgments
of Jehovah, and stay yourself on His promise of a day when 'a King shall reign
in righteousness'; there is nought else in this bitter evil present" (WJer
THICKETS: AV has "swelling"; cp NIV mg: "flooding". The
Heb means pride or arrogance.
SPECKLED BIRD: Different from all the others, easily
recognized by owner, but hated and ostracized by others.