Yahweh calls for the destruction of Jerusalem because of its sins.
Jerusalem is guilty: “As a well flows with water, so she flows with wickedness.” (v. 7)
III. Select Verses
2: Fair Zion, the lovely and delicate, I will destroy.
7: As a well flows with water, So she flows with wickedness.
10: To whom shall I speak, Give warning that they may hear? Their ears are blocked And they cannot listen. See, the word of the LORD has become for them An object of scorn; they will have none of it.
16: Thus said the LORD: Stand by the roads and consider, Inquire about ancient paths: Which is the road to happiness? Travel it, and find tranquillity for yourselves. But they said, “We will not.”
20: What need have I of frankincense That comes from Sheba, Or fragrant cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me.
30: They are called “rejected silver,” For the LORD has rejected them.
1-8. Oracle #1
1. Benjamin should flee Jerusalem
2. Destruction awaits
3-5. The enemy’s battle cry
6a. Future punishment
8. Call to repent
9. Israel will be picked like a vine
10-11a. Jeremiah speaks
10. Israel is obstinate
11a. Jeremiah’s anger
11b-15. Oracle #2
11b. Young and old shall be punished
12. Loss of land
13-15. All priests and prophets are guilty and will fall
16-21. Oracle #3
16-17. The people have ignored Yahweh
18-19a. Destruction proclamation
20. Offerings are useless
21. All will perish
22-26. Oracle #4
22-23. A warrior nation (Babylon) approaches
24-25. Future quote of the victims
26. Call to mourn
27-30. Oracle #5
27. Jeremiah is the refiner
28-30. The people are unworkable metal
No comment today. Stay tuned.
VI. Works Used
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