Jeremiah - Revised Standard Version (1966)
The Book of Jeremiah combines history, biography, and prophecy. It portrays a nation in crisis and introduces the reader to an extraordinary leader upon whom the Lord placed the heavy burden of the prophetic office. Jeremiah was born about 650 B.C. of a priestly family from the little village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. While still very young he was called to his task in the thirteenth year of King Josiah (628), whose reform, begun with enthusiasm and hope, ended with his death on the battlefield of Megiddo (609) as he attempted to stop the northward march of the Egyptian Pharaoh Neco. The prophet heartily supported the reform of the pious King Josiah, which began in 629 B.C. Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, fell in 612, preparing the way for the new colossus, Babylon, which was soon to put an end to Judean independence. After the death of Josiah the old idolatry returned. Jeremiah opposed it with all his strength. Arrest, imprisonment, and public disgrace were his lot. Jeremiah saw in the nation's impenitence the sealing of its doom. Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem and carried King Jehoiachin into exile (Jeremiah 22:24).
During the years 598-587, Jeremiah attempted to counsel Zedekiah in the face of bitter opposition. The false prophet Hananiah proclaimed that the yoke of Babylon was broken and a strong pro-Egyptian party in Jerusalem induced Zedekiah to revolt. Nebuchadnezzar took swift and terrible vengeance; Jerusalem was destroyed in 587 and its leading citizens sent into exile. About this time Jeremiah uttered the great oracle of the "New Covenant" (Jeremiah 31:31-34) sometimes called "The Gospel before the Gospel." This passage contains his most sublime teaching and is a landmark in Old Testament theology. The prophet remained amidst the ruins of Jerusalem, but was later forced into Egyptian exile by a band of conspirators. There, according to an old tradition, he was murdered by his own countrymen. The influence of Jeremiah was greater after his death than before. The exiled community read and meditated on the lessons of the prophet, and his influence can be seen in Ezekiel, certain of the psalms, and the second part of Isaiah. Shortly after the exile, the Book of Jeremiah as we have it today was published in a final edition.
It is divided as follows: I. Oracles in the Days of Josiah (Jeremiah 1:1-6:30) II. Oracles Mostly in the Days of Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 7:1-20:18) III. Oracles in the Last Years of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 21:1-33:26) IV. Fall of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 34:1-45:5) V. Oracles against the Nations (Jeremiah 46:1-51:64) VI. Historical Appendix (Jeremiah 52:1-34) - (NAB)


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Jeremiah's Call and Commission
2 God Pleads with Israel to Repent
3 Unfaithful Israel
A Call to Repentance
4 Invasion and Desolation of Judah Threatened
Sorrow for a Doomed Nation
5 The Utter Corruption of God's People
6 The Imminence and Horror of the Invasion
7 Jeremiah Proclaims God's Judgment on the Nation
The People's Disobedience
8 The Blind Perversity of the Whole Nation
The Prophet Mourns for the People
9 The People Mourn in Judgment
10 Idolatry Has Brought Ruin on Israel
The Coming Exile
11 Israel and Judah Have Broken the Covenant
Jeremiah's Life Threatened
12 Jeremiah Complains to God
God Replies to Jeremiah
13 The Linen Loincloth
Symbol of the Wine-Jars
Exile Threatened
14 The Great Drought
Denunciation of Lying Prophets
The People Plead for Mercy
15 Punishment Is Inevitable
Jeremiah Complains Again and Is Reassured
16 Jeremiah's Celibacy and Message
God Will Restore Israel
17 Judah's Sin and Punishment
Jeremiah Prays for Vindication
Hallow the Sabbath Day
18 The Potter and the Clay
Israel's Stubborn Idolatry
A Plot against Jeremiah
19 The Broken Earthenware Jug
20 Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur
Jeremiah Denounces His Persecutors
21 Jerusalem Will Fall to Nebuchadrezzar
Message to the House of David
22 Exhortation to Repent
Message to the Sons of Josiah
Judgment on Coniah (Jehoiachin)
23 Restoration after Exile
The Righteous Branch of David
False Prophets of Hope Denounced
24 The Good and the Bad Figs
25 The Babylonian Captivity Foretold
The Cup of God's Wrath
26 Jeremiah's Prophecies in the Temple
27 The Sign of the Yoke
28 Hananiah Opposes Jeremiah and Dies
29 Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles in Babylon
The Letter of Shemaiah
30 Restoration Promised for Israel and Judah
31 The Joyful Return of the Exiles
Individual Retribution
A New Covenant
Jerusalem to Be Enlarged
32 Jeremiah Buys a Field During the Siege
Jeremiah Prays for Understanding
God's Assurance of the People's Return
33 Healing after Punishment
The Righteous Branch and the Covenant with David
34 Death in Captivity Predicted for Zedekiah
Treacherous Treatment of Slaves
35 The Rechabites Commended
36 The Scroll Read in the Temple
The Scroll Read in the Palace
Jehoiakim Burns the Scroll
Jeremiah Dictates Another
37 Zedekiah's Vain Hope
Jeremiah Is Imprisoned
38 Jeremiah in the Cistern
Jeremiah Is Rescued by Ebed-melech
Zedekiah Consults Jeremiah Again
39 The Fall of Jerusalem
Jeremiah, Set Free, Remembers Ebed-melech
40 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the Governor
41 Insurrection against Gedaliah
42 Jeremiah Advises Survivors Not to Migrate
43 Taken to Egypt, Jeremiah Warns of Judgment
44 Denunciation of Persistent Idolatry
45 A Word of Comfort to Baruch
46 Judgment on Egypt
Babylonia Will Strike Egypt
God Will Save Israel
47 Judgment on the Philistines
48 Judgment on Moab
49 Judgment on the Ammonites
Judgment on Edom
Judgment on Damascus
Judgment on Kedar and Hazor
Judgment on Elam
50 Judgment on Babylon
51 Israel the Creator's Instrument
The Doom of Babylon
Jeremiah's Command to Seraiah
52 The Destruction of Jerusalem Reviewed
Jehoiachin Favored in Captivity

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