Jeremiah 6 – “Zion will be Destroyed”

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I. Summary

Yahweh calls for the destruction of Jerusalem because of its sins.

II. Photo

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.

IV. Outline

1-8. Oracle #1

    1. Benjamin should flee Jerusalem

    2. Destruction awaits

    3-5. The enemy’s battle cry

    6a. Future punishment

    6b-7. Condemnation

    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

    19b. Rationale

    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


V. Comment

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