The Superscription 1 The following is a record of what Jeremiah son of Hilkiah prophesied. He was one of the priests who lived at Anathoth in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 The Lord began to speak to him in the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon ruled over Judah. 3 The […]
Jeremiah was a priest, a native of Anathoth, in the tribe of Benjamin. He was called to the prophetic office when very young, about seventy years after the death of Isaiah, and exercised it for about forty years with great faithfulness, till the sins of the Jewish nation came to their full measure and destruction followed. The prophecies of Jeremiah do not stand as they were delivered. Blayney has endeavoured to arrange them in more regular order, namely, Jer. 1-20; 22; 23; 25; 26; 35; 36; 45; 24; 29; 30; 31; 27; 28; 21; 34; 37; 32; 33; 38; 39:15-18, 1-14; 40-44; 46-52. The general subject of his prophecies is the idolatry and other sins of the Jews; the judgments by which they were threatened, with references to their future restoration and deliverance, and promises of the Messiah. They are remarkable for plain and faithful reproofs, affectionate expostulations, and awful warnings.
The Lord Recalls Israel’s Earlier Faithfulness 1 The Lord spoke to me. He said: 2 “Go and declare in the hearing of the people of Jerusalem: ‘This is what the Lord says: “I have fond memories of you, how devoted you were to me in your early years. I remember how you loved me like […]
1 “If a man divorces his wifeand she leaves him and becomes another man’s wife,he may not take her back again.Doing that would utterly defile the land.But you, Israel, have given yourself as a prostitute to many gods.So what makes you think you can return to me?”says the Lord.2 “Look up at the hilltops and […]
1 “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the Lord,“if you want to come back to meyou must get those disgusting idols out of my sightand must no longer go astray.2 You must be truthful, honest and uprightwhen you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’If you do, the nations will […]
Judah is Justly Deserving of Coming Judgment 1 The Lord said,“Go up and down through the streets of Jerusalem.Look around and see for yourselves.Search through its public squares.See if any of you can find a single personwho deals honestly and tries to be truthful.If you can, then I will not punish this city.2 These people […]