Yahweh will destroy the temple, exile Judah, and kill the idolaters.
Yahweh silences Jeremiah: “As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry of prayer on their behalf, do not plead with me for I will not listen to you.” (v. 16)
III. Select Verses
2: Stand at the gate of the House of the LORD, and there proclaim this word: Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD!
12, 14-15: Just go to My place at Shiloh, where I had established My name formerly, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel… therefore I will do to the House which bears My name, on which you rely, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, just what I did to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My presence as I cast out your brothers, the whole brood of Ephraim.
16: As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry of prayer on their behalf, do not plead with Me; for I will not listen to you.
21-23: Add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat! For when I freed your fathers from the land of Egypt, I did not speak with them or command them concerning burnt offerings or sacrifice. But this is what I commanded them: Do My bidding, that I may be your God and you may be My people; walk only in the way that I enjoin upon you, that it may go well with you.
24-26: Yet they did not listen or give ear; they followed their own counsels, the willfulness of their evil hearts. They have gone backward, not forward, from the day your fathers left the land of Egypt until today. And though I kept sending all My servants, the prophets, to them daily and persistently, they would not listen to Me or give ear. They stiffened their necks, they acted worse than their fathers.
1-20. Oracle #1
2. Jeremiah must proclaim this message
3b. Repentance prevents exile
4. The temple will not save you
5-7. List of actions that must be stopped
8-11. Yahweh is not fooled
12. Example of punishment: Shiloh was destroyed
13-15. The temple will be destroyed like Shiloh and Judah will be exiled like Ephraim
16. Jeremiah must not pray for the people
17-18. Rationale: young and old serve other gods
19. The people harm themselves
20. Yahweh’s anger will not be quenched
21-34. Oracle #2
21b-22. Yahweh did not command sacrifices
23. Yahweh commanded to follow him
24-26. Since the beginning the people have not followed
27. The people will not listen
28. Confront them on their obstinance
29. Call to lament
30-31. Rationale: the people have worshiped incorrectly
32-33. Valleys of worship will become valleys of carcasses
34. Judah will be silent
No comment today. Stay tuned.
VI. Works Used
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