Jeremiah warns the people about Babylon’s future invasion and urges them to return to Yahweh.
Babylon approaches: “Lo, he ascends like clouds, his chariots are like a whirlwind, his horses are swifter than eagles.” (v. 13)
III. Select Verses
4: Open your hearts to the LORD, Remove the thickening about your hearts — O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem — Lest My wrath break forth like fire, And burn, with none to quench it, Because of your wicked acts.
6-7: Set up a signpost: To Zion. Take refuge, do not delay! For I bring evil from the north, And great disaster. 7 The lion has come up from his thicket: The destroyer of nations has set out, Has departed from his place, To make your land a desolation; Your cities shall be ruined, Without inhabitants.
9: The mind of the king And the mind of the nobles shall fail, The priests shall be appalled, And the prophets shall stand aghast.
14: Wash your heart clean of wickedness, O Jerusalem, that you may be rescued. How long will you harbor within you Your evil designs?
22: For My people are stupid, They give Me no heed; They are foolish children, They are not intelligent. They are clever at doing wrong, But unable to do right.
1-2. Oracle for Israel
1-2. Returning to Yahweh will bring blessing
3-. Message to Judah
3b-9. Oracle: Babylon approaches
3b-4a. Metaphor: make your lives easy and return
4b. If you do not return Yahweh’s wrath will burn
5-8. Announcement of Babylon’s coming
9. The leaders will be shocked
10. Jeremiah accuses Yahweh of deception
11-17. Judah is guilty and brings the enemy upon itself
18-21. War pains Jeremiah
22. Judah acts like a foolish child
23-29. The land will be destroyed
30. Wealth and fashion are meaningless
31. Jeremiah hears the future pain
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