"The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."—Jer. viii:20.
This is the text of many a revival sermon, the word "saved" being wrested from its true menaing, and forced to relate to deliverance from an endless hell. The prophet applies it to deliverance from those national calamities to which the Jewish nation were at the time subjected by Nebuchadnezzar. They were besieged, without preparation, on the verge of winter after harvest, and were not saved from their enemies.
Dr. Clarke says: "The harvest is past. The seige of Jerusalem lasted two years: for Nebuchadnezzar came against it in the ninth year of Zedekiah, and the city was taken in the eleventh. (See II Kings xxv:1-3.) This seems to have been a proverb: 'We expected deliverance the first year—none came; we hoped for it the second year-we were disappointed; we are not saved—no deliverance is come.'"
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