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4-1

1 Introduction (1:1-3)
  2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
    3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
      4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
        5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
          6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
            7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
              8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
                9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
                  10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
                    11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
                  12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
                13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
              14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
            15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
          16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
        17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
      18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
    19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
  20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
21 The great drought (14:1-22)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Introduction (1:1-3)
1:2 The word of the LORD first came to him in the days of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah,
When the words of the LORD comes21 The great drought (14:1-22)
14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
1:14 And from the north, said the LORD to me, evil will boil over upon all who dwell in the land.
Attacker from the north20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
13:20 Lift up your eyes and see men coming from the north.
3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
2:18Why go to Assyria, to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
Euphrates19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:4 Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing, and go now to the Parath; there hide it in a cleft of the rock.
3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
2:32 Does a virgin forget her jewelry, a bride her sash?
Cloth belt19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:1Go buy yourself a linen loincloth; wear it on your loins,
3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
2:8The prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after useless idols.
Serving to other god19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:10 This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing.
4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
3:12For I am merciful, says the LORD, I will not continue my wrath forever.
Mercy of the LORD18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
12:15 But after plucking them up, I will pity them again and bring them back, each to his heritage, each to his land.
5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
3:15 I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently.
Shepherd and sheep17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:19 Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:
6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
3:25From our youth to this day, we and our fathers also; we listened not to the voice of the LORD, our God."
People don't listen to the LORD16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
11:8 But they did not listen or give ear. Each one followed the hardness of his evil heart,
7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
4:6Evil I bring from the north, and great destruction.
Disaster comes from the north15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
10:22 Listen! a noise! it comes closer, a great uproar from the northern land: To turn the cities of Judah into a desert haunt of jackals.
8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
5:19 As you have forsaken me to serve strange gods in your own land (5:19)
Paganism14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
10:2 Learn not the customs of the nations (10:2)
9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
6:8 Be warned, O Jerusalem, lest I be estranged from you; Lest I turn you into a desert, a land where no man dwells.
Ruin of Jerusalem13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
9:10 I will turn Jerusalem into a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; The cities of Judah I will make into a waste, where no one dwells.
10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
7:10we can commit all these abominations again"?
Doing abominable things12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
8:12 They are odious; they have done abominable things, yet they are not at all ashamed, they know not how to blush.

4-1-1

1 Introduction (1:1-3)
  2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
    3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
      4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
        5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
          6 A call to repentance (3:19-4:4)
        7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
      8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
    9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
  10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
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1 Introduction (1:1-3)
1:2 The word of the LORD first came to him in the days of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign,
The words of the LORD11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
7:27 When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you.
2 Jeremiah's call and commission (1:4-19)
1:16 I will pronounce my sentence against them for all their wickedness in forsaking me, And in burning incense to strange gods and adoring their own handiwork.
Serving to pagan god10 Jeremiah proclaims God's judgment on the nation (7:1-15)
7:9 Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, go after strange gods that you know not,
3 God pleads with Israel to repent (2:1-3:5)
2:19 Your own wickedness chastises you, your own infidelities punish you. Know then, and see, how evil and bitter is your forsaking the LORD, your God, And showing no fear of me, says the Lord, the GOD of hosts.
Disaster caused by unbelief9 The imminence and horror of the invasion (6:1-30)
6:19 See, I bring evil upon this people, the fruit of their own schemes, Because they heeded not my words, because they despised my law.
4 A call to repentance (3:6-13)
3:8 that for all the adulteries rebellious Israel had committed, I put her away and gave her a bill of divorce, nevertheless her traitor sister Judah was not frightened; she too went off and played the harlot
Adultery8 The utter corruption of God's people (5:1-31)
5:7but they committed adultery; to the harlot's house they throng. 5:8 Lustful stallions they are, each neighs after another's wife.
5 Return to Zion (3:14-18)
3:18 In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel; together they will come from the land of the north to the land which I gave to your fathers as a heritage.
Person who comes from the north7 Invasion and desolation of Judah threatened (4:5-31)
4:6Evil I bring from the north, and great destruction.

4-1-2

11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
  12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
    13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
      14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
        15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
          16 Israel and Judah have broken the covenant (11:1-17)
        17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
      18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
    19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
  20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
21 The great drought (14:1-22)
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11 The people's disobedience (7:16-8:3)
7:16 You, now, do not intercede for this people; raise not in their behalf a pleading prayer! Do not urge me, for I will not listen to you.
Cry of anguish21 The great drought (14:1-22)
14:2Her people sink down in mourning: from Jerusalem ascends a cry of anguish.
12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
8:16 From Dan is heard the snorting of his steeds; The neighing of his stallions shakes the whole land.
Neighing20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
13:27 Your adulteries, your neighings, your shameless prostitutions: On the hills in the highlands I see these horrible crimes of yours.
12 The prophet perversity of the whole nation (8:4-9:5)
9:1They are all adulterers, a faithless band.
Adultery20 Exile threatened (13:15-27)
13 The prophet mourns for the people (9:6-25)
9:15 I will scatter them among nations whom neither they nor their fathers have known; I will send the sword to pursue them until I have completely destroyed them.
Destroying completely19 The linen loincloth (13:1-14)
13:14 I will dash them against each other, fathers and sons together, says the LORD; I will show no compassion, I will not spare or pity, but will destroy them.
14 Idolatory has brought ruin on Israel (10:1-16)
10:2 Learn not the customs of the nations (10:2)
Paganism18 God replies to Jeremiah (12:7-17)
12:16 they who formerly taught my people to swear by Baal shall be built up in the midst of my people. (12:16)
15 The coming exile (10:17-25)
10:24 Punish us, O LORD, but with equity, not in anger, lest you have us dwindle away.
Righteous judgment of the LORD17 Jeremiah complains to God (11:18-12:6)
11:20 But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart,

4-2

21 The great drought (14:1-22)
  22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
    23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
      24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
        25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
          26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
            27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
              28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
                29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
                  30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
                    31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
                  32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
                33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
              34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
            35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
          36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
        37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
      38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
    39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
  40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
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21 The great drought (14:1-22)
14:10 Thus says the LORD of this people: They so love to wander that they do not spare their feet. The LORD has no pleasure in them; now he remembers their guilt, and will punish their sins.
Prophecy about punishment against unbelief41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:5 and not listening to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send you constantly though you do not obey them, 26:6 I will treat this house like Shiloh, and make this the city which all the nations of the earth shall refer to when cursing another.
22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
15:9Their survivors I will give to the sword before their enemies, says the LORD.
Destruction by sword40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
25:31For the LORD has an indictment against the nations, he is to pass judgment upon all mankind: The godless shall be given to the sword, says the LORD.
23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
15:14For a fire has been kindled by my wrath that will burn forever.
Rage of the LORD39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
25:6 Do not follow strange gods to serve and adore them, lest you provoke me with your handiwork, and I bring evil upon you.
24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
16:4Sword and famine will make an end of them,
Sword and famine38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
24:10 I will send upon them the sword, famine, and pestilence, until they have disappeared from the land which I gave them and their fathers.
25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
16:19"Mere frauds are the heritage of our fathers, empty idols of no use." 16:20 Can man make for himself gods? These are not gods.
Sin of ancestors37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
23:27just as their fathers forgot my name for Baal.
26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
17:4 You will relinquish your hold on your heritage which I have given you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land that you know not:
Exile and return36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
23:3 I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow;
27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
17:18 Let my persecutors, not me, be confounded; let them, not me, be broken.
Persecution to innocent person35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
22:3and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
17:27 But if you do not obey me and keep holy the sabbath, if you carry burdens and come through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath, I will set unquenchable fire to its gates, which will consume the palaces of Jerusalem.
Fire as rewards of sin34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
21:14 I will punish you, says the LORD, as your deeds deserve! I will kindle a fire in its forest that shall devour all its surroundings.
29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
18:16 Their land shall be turned into a desert, an object of lasting ridicule: All passers-by will be amazed, will shake their heads.
Shamed person33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
20:7All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.
30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
18:18 "Come," they said, "let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.
Persecution to Jeremiah32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
20:2 So he had the prophet scourged and placed in the stocks at the upper Gate of Benjamin in the house of the LORD.
30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
18:21 So now, deliver their children to famine, do away with them by the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men die of pestilence, their young men be slain by the sword in battle.
Sword32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
20:4Your own eyes shall see them fall by the sword of their enemies. All Judah I will deliver to the king of Babylon, who shall take them captive to Babylon or slay them with the sword.

4-2-1

21 The great drought (14:1-22)
  22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
    23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
      24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
        25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
          26 Judah's sin and punishment (17:1-13)
        27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
      28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
    29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
  30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
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21 The great drought (14:1-22)
14:10The LORD has no pleasure in them; now he remembers their guilt, and will punish their sins.
Punishment of sin31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
19:3I am going to bring such evil upon this place that all who hear of it will feel their ears tingle. 19:4 This is because they have forsaken me and alienated this place by burning in it incense to strange gods which neither they nor their fathers knew; and the kings of Judah have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.
22 Punishment is inevitable (15:1-9)
15:2Thus says the LORD: Whoever is marked for death, to death; whoever is marked for the sword, to the sword; whoever is marked for famine, to famine; whoever is marked for captivity, to captivity.
Sword and famine30 A plot against Jeremiah (18:18-23)
18:21 So now, deliver their children to famine, do away with them by the sword.
23 Jeremiah complains again and is reassured (15:10-21)
15:19 If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them;
Repentance29 The potter and the clay (18:1-17)
18:11Take care! I am fashioning evil against you and making a plan. Return, each of you, from his evil way; reform your ways and your deeds.
24 Jeremiah's celibacy and message (16:1-13)
16:11It is because your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and followed strange gods, which they served and worshiped; but me they have forsaken, and my law they have not observed.
Breaking / observing the law28 Hallow the sabbath day (17:19-27)
17:21 Thus says the LORD: As you love your lives, take care not to carry burdens on the sabbath day,
25 God will restore Israel (16:14-21)
16:19 O LORD, my strength, my fortress, my refuge in the day of distress!
God as refuge 27 Jeremiah prays for vindication (17:14-18)
17:17 Do not be my ruin, you, my refuge in the day of misfortune.

4-2-2

31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
  32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
    33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
      34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
        35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
          36 Restoration after exile (23:1-8)
        37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
      38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
    39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
  40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
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31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
19:4and the kings of Judah have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.
Sin of killing a innocent person41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:15if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves, on this city and its citizens.
31 The broken earthenware jug (19:1-15)
19:15)I will surely bring upon this city all the evil with which I threatened it, because they have stiffened their necks and have not obeyed my words.
If you disobey the LORD, disaster will come41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:4If you disobey me, not living according to the law I placed before you 26:5 and not listening to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send you constantly though you do not obey them, 26:6 I will treat this house like Shiloh, and make this the city which all the nations of the earth shall refer to when cursing another.
32 Jeremiah persecuted by Pashhur (20:1-6)
20:4Indeed, I will deliver you to terror, you and all your friends. Your own eyes shall see them fall by the sword of their enemies.
Fear and sword40 The cup of God's wrath (25:15-38)
25:16 They shall drink, and be convulsed, and go mad, because of the sword I will send among them.
33 Jeremiah denounces his persecutors (20:7-18)
20:9 I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.
Jeremiah keeps speaking39 The Babylonian captivity foretold (25:1-14)
25:3 Since the thirteenth year of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah, to this day-- these three and twenty years-- the word of the LORD has come to me and I spoke to you untiringly, but you would not listen.
34 Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadrezzar (21:1-14)
21:8See, I am giving you a choice between life and death. 21:9 Whoever remains in this city shall die by the sword or famine or pestilence. But whoever leaves and surrenders to the besieging Chaldeans shall live and have his life as booty.
Two ways38 The good and the bad figs (24:1-10)
24:5 Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, even so will I regard with favor Judah's exiles whom I sent away from this place into the land of the Chaldeans.
35 Exhortation to repent (22:1-30)
22:13 Woe to him who builds his house on wrong, his terraces on injustice; Who works his neighbor without pay, and gives him no wages.
Man of power does wicked things37 False prophets of hope denounced (23:9-40)
23:14 But among Jerusalems prophets I saw deeds still more shocking: Adultery, living in lies, siding with the wicked, so that no one turns from evil;

4-3

41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
  42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
    43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
      44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
        45 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
          46 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
            47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
              48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
                49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
                  50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
                    51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
                  52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
                53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
              54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
            55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
          56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
        57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
      58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
    59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
  60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
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41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:8 When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD bade him speak to all the people, the priests and prophets laid hold of him, crying,
Arrest of Jeremiah61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
38:6 And so they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah, which was in the quarters of the guard, letting him down with ropes.
42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
26:24 Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah (26:24)
Protection for Jeremiah60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
37:21 King Zedekiah ordered that Jeremiah be confined in the quarters of the guard (37:21)
43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
27:22 To Babylon they shall be brought, and there they shall remain, until the day I look for them
Destructed by Babylon59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
36:29Thus says the LORD: You burned that scroll, saying, "Why did you write on it: Babylon's king shall surely come and lay waste this land and empty it of man and beast?"
44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
28:7 listen to what I am about to state in your hearing and the hearing of all the people
Listen to the prophecy58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
35:17 when I spoke they did not obey, when I called they did not answer
45 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
29:17 I am sending against them sword, famine and pestilence. I will make them like rotten figs, too bad to be eaten
Sword, famine and pestilence57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
34:17 I now proclaim you free, says the LORD, for the sword, famine, and pestilence
46 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
29:26 there may be police officers in the house of the LORD, to take action against all madmen and those who pose as prophets, by putting them into the stocks or the pillory
Arrest 56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
34:3You shall see the king of Babylon and speak to him face to face. Then you shall be taken to Babylon.
47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
30:21 His leader shall be one of his own, and his rulers shall come from his kin. When I summon him, he shall approach me;
Prophecy about a leader55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
33:25When I have no covenant with day and night, and have given no laws to heaven and earth, 33:26 then too will I reject the descendants of Jacob and of my servant David, so as not to take from his descendants rulers for the race of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will change their lot and show them mercy.
48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
31:7 For thus says the LORD: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations;
Cry of joy54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
33:11 the cry of joy, the cry of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, the voice of the bride, the sound of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, singing, "Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good; his mercy endures forever."
49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
31:31 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
New covenant53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
32:40 I will make with them an eternal covenant, never to cease doing good to them;
50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
Thus says the LORD: I am handing over this city to the king of Babylon, who will capture it.
Prophecy about occupation of Jerusalem52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
32:24 See, the siegeworks have arrived at this city to breach it; the city will be handed over to the Chaldeans who are attacking it, amid sword, famine, and pestilence. What you threatened has happened, you see it yourself;

4-3-1

41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
  42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
    43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
      44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
        45 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
          46 The letter of Shemaiah (29:24-32)
        47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
      48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
    49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
  50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
Former halfRelationLatter half
41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:1this message came from the LORD:
The message comes from the LORD51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
32:6 This message came to me from the LORD, said Jeremiah:
41 Jeremiah's prophecies in the temple (26:1-19)
26:18Thus says the LORD of hosts: Zion shall become a plowed field, Jerusalem a heap of ruins, and the temple mount a forest ridge.
Field, the LORD of hosts51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
32:15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.
42 Death of Uriah (26:20-24)
Persecution against Uriah
Persecution against prophets50 Jeremiah is imprisoned (32:1-5)
Persecution against Jeremiah
43 The sign of the yoke (27:1-22)
27:22 To Babylon they shall be brought, and there they shall remain, until the day I look for them
The day of salvation49 A new covenant (31:27-40)
31:31 when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah
44 Hananiah opposes Jeremiah and dies (28:1-17)
28:6 May he fulfill the things you have prophesied by bringing the vessels of the house of the LORD and all the exiles back from Babylon to this place
Return of Israel48 The joyful return of the exiles (31:1-26)
31:8 Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world
45 Restoration promised (29:1-23)
29:10 Only after seventy years have elapsed for Babylon will I visit you and fulfill for you my promise to bring you back to this place.
Prophecy of salvation47 Distress and salvation of Jacob (30:1-24)
30:13 I shall bring back the captives of my people Israel

4-3-2

51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
  52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
    53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
      54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
        55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
          56 Death in captivity predicted for Zedekiah (34:1-7)
        57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
      58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
    59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
  60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
Former halfRelationLatter half
51 Jeremiah buys a field during the siege (32:6-15)
32:8 Then, as the LORD foretold, Hanamel, my uncle's son, came to me to the quarters of the guard and said,
Imprisonment of Jeremiah61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
38:13But Jeremiah remained in the quarters of the guard.
52 Jeremiah prays for understanding (32:16-25)
32:24the city will be handed over to the Chaldeans who are attacking it, amid sword, famine, and pestilence.
Chaldeans occupy the city60 Jeremiah is imprisoned (37:1-21)
37:8 The Chaldeans shall return to the fight against this city; they shall capture it and destroy it with fire.
53 God's assurace of the people's return (32:26-44)
32:42Just as I brought upon this people all this great evil, so I will bring upon them all the good I promise them.
Bringing on great evil59 The scroll read in the temple (36:1-32)
36:31against them and the citizens of Jerusalem and the men of Judah I will fulfill all the threats of evil which went unheeded.
54 Healing after punishment (33:1-18)
33:5 I hide my face from this city for all their wickedness (33:5)
Sins of the people58 The rechabites commended (35:1-19)
35:14 you have not obeyed, although I spoke to you untiringly and insistently (35:14)
55 Covenant with David (33:19-26)
33:21 then can my covenant with my servant David also be broken, so that he will not have a son to be king upon his throne, and my covenant with the priests of Levi who minister to me.
Breaking the covenant57 Treacherous treatment of slaves (34:8-22)
34:15 Today you indeed repented and did what is right in my eyes by proclaiming the emancipation of your brethren and making an agreement before me in the house that is named after me. 34:16 But then you changed your mind and profaned my name by taking back your male and female slaves to whom you had given their freedom; you forced them once more into slavery.

4-4

61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
  62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
    63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
      64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
        65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
          66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
            67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
              68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
                69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
                  70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
                    71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
                  72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
                73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
              74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
            75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
          76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
        77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
      78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
    79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
  80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
38:13 and they drew him up with the ropes out of the cistern. But Jeremiah remained in the quarters of the guard.
Released but watched81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
52:31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, in the inaugural year of his reign, took up the case of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and released him from prison.
62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
38:23 All your wives and sons shall be led forth to the Chaldeans, and you shall not escape their hands
Captivity80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
list of exiled people
63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
39:2 On the ninth day of the fourth month, in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, a breach was made in the city's defenses.
Surrender of Jerusalem79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
52:5 The siege of the city continued until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 52:6 On the ninth day of the fourth month, when famine had gripped the city and the people had no more bread, 52:7 the city walls were breached.
64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
39:16Behold, I am now fulfilling the words I spoke against this city, for evil and not for good;
Prophecy about disaster78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
51:64Thus shall Babylon sink. Never shall she rise, because of the evil I am bringing upon her. (To "weary themselves" are the words of Jeremiah.)
65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
40:5The captain of the bodyguard gave him food and gifts and let him go. 40:6 Jeremiah went to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, in Mizpah, and stayed with him among the people left in the land.
Liberation from Babylon77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
50:8 Flee from Babylon, leave the land of the Chaldeans, be like the rams at the head of the flock.
66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
40:12 they all returned to the land of Judah from the places to which they had scattered. They went to Gedaliah at Mizpah and had a rich harvest of wine and fruit.
Scattered people76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
49:36I will scatter them to all these winds, till there is no nation to which the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
41:16 Then Johanan, son of Kareah, and all his army leaders took charge of the remnant of the people, both the soldiers and the women and children with their guardians, whom Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, had brought away from Mizpah after he killed Gedaliah, son of Ahikim. From Gibeon, 41:17 they retreated to the lodging place of Chimham near Bethlehem, where they stopped, intending to flee into Egypt.
Desolation of the land75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
49:33 Hazor shall become a haunt of jackals, a desert forever, Where no man lives, no human being stays.
68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
42:16 the sword you fear shall reach you in the land of Egypt; the hunger you dread shall cling to you no less in Egypt, and there you shall die.
Judgment on Egypt74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
46:25See! I will punish Amon of Thebes, and Egypt, her gods and her kings, Pharaoh, and those who trust in him. 46:26 I will hand them over to those who seek their lives, to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his ministers.
69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
43:7 Against the LORD'S command they went to Egypt, and arrived at Tahpanhes....
Escape73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
46:5 What do I see? With broken ranks They fall back; their heroes are routed, They flee headlong without making a stand. Terror on every side, says the LORD!
70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
43:13 He shall smash the obelisks of the temple of the sun in the land of Egypt and destroy with fire the temples of the Egyptian gods.
Destruction of building72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
45:4What I have built, I am tearing down; what I have planted, I am uprooting: even the whole land.

4-4-1

61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
  62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
    63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
      64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
        65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
          66 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the governor (40:7-16)
        67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
      68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
    69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
  70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
Former halfRelationLatter half
61 Jeremiah in the cistern (38:1-13)
38:2He who remains in this city shall die by sword, or famine, or pestilence;
Sword, famine, pestilence71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
44:13 Thus will I punish those who live in Egypt, just as I punished Jerusalem with sword, hunger, and pestilence.
62 Zedekiah consults Jeremiah again (38:14-28)
38:23 All your wives and sons shall be led forth to the Chaldeans, and you shall not escape their hands; you shall be handed over to the king of Babylon, and this city shall be destroyed with fire.
King of Babylon destroys other king70 Jeremiah warns of judgment (43:8-13)
43:10I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and bring him here. He will set his throne upon these stones which I, Jeremiah, have sunk, and stretch his canopy over them.
63 The fall of Jerusalem (39:1-14)
39:9 Nebuzaradan, chief of the bodyguard, deported to Babylon the rest of the people left in the city, those who had deserted to him, and the rest of the workmen.
People leave from promised land69 Escape to Egypt (43:1-7)
43:7 Against the LORD'S command they went to Egypt, and arrived at Tahpanhes....
64 Jeremiah, set free, remembers Ebed-melech (39:15-18)
39:18 I will make certain that you escape and do not fall by the sword. Your life shall be spared as booty, because you trusted in me, says the LORD.
Trust in salvation68 Jeremiah advises survivors not to migrate (42:1-22)
42:11 Do not fear the king of Babylon, before whom you are now afraid; do not fear him, says the LORD, for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from his power.
65 Jeremiah is released (40:1-6)
40:4See, the whole land is before you; go wherever you think good and proper";
Leaving to other land67 Insurrection against Gedaliah (41:1-18)
41:16 Then Johanan, son of Kareah, and all his army leaders took charge of the remnant of the people, both the soldiers and the women and children with their guardians, whom Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, had brought away from Mizpah after he killed Gedaliah, son of Ahikim. From Gibeon, 41:17 they retreated to the lodging place of Chimham near Bethlehem, where they stopped, intending to flee into Egypt.

4-4-2

71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
  72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
    73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
      74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
        75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
          76 Judgment on Elam (49:34-39)
        77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
      78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
    79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
  80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
Former halfRelationLatter half
71 Denunciation of persistent idolatry (44:1-30)
44:30See! I will hand over Pharaoh Hophra, king of Egypt, to his enemies, to those who seek his life, just as I handed over Zedekiah, king of Judah, to his enemy and mortal foe, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
King is handed over to enemy81 Jehoiachin favored in captivity (52:31-34)
52:31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, in the inaugural year of his reign, took up the case of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and released him from prison.
72 A word of comfort to Baruch (45:1-5)
45:5 but your life I will leave you as booty, wherever you may go
Travel of captivity80 The destruction of Jerusalem (52:12-30)
52:28 the people whom Nebuchadnezzar led away captive
73 Judgment on Egypt (46:1-12)
46:2Against the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah:
Defeated by king of Babylon79 The reign of Zedekiah (52:1-11)
52:4 In the tenth month of the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his whole army advanced against Jerusalem, encamped around it, and built siege walls on every side. 52:5 The siege of the city continued until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 52:6 On the ninth day of the fourth month, when famine had gripped the city and the people had no more bread, 52:7 the city walls were breached.
74 Babylonia will strike Egypt (46:13-28)
46:19Memphis shall become a desert, an empty ruin.
Desert ruin78 Jeremiah's command to Seraiah (51:59-64)
51:62 and then say: O LORD, you yourself threatened to destroy this place, so that neither man nor beast should dwell in it, since it would remain an everlasting desert.
75 Judgment on nations (47:1-49:33)
judgment on nations
Judgment on nations77 Judgment on Babylon (50:1-51:58)
judgment on Babylon

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