Jeremiah 14 – “Communal Petition for Rain; Discourse About False Prophets”

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I. Summary

The people of Judah confess their guilt and petition Yahweh for rain. Yahweh promises to kill the false prophets with the rest of the land’s inhabitants.

II. Photo

The people accuse Yahweh of a fleeting relationship: “Why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stops only for the night?” (v. 8)

III. Select Verses

3: Their nobles sent their servants for water; They came to the cisterns, they found no water. They returned, their vessels empty. They are shamed and humiliated, They cover their heads.

7: Though our iniquities testify against us, Act, O LORD, for the sake of Your name; Though our rebellions are many And we have sinned against You.

8-9: O Hope of Israel, Its deliverer in time of trouble, Why are You like a stranger in the land, Like a traveler who stops only for the night? Why are You like a man who is stunned, Like a warrior who cannot give victory? Yet You are in our midst, O LORD, And Your name is attached to us — Do not forsake us!

14: The LORD replied: It is a lie that the prophets utter in My name. I have not sent them or commanded them. I have not spoken to them. A lying vision, an empty divination, the deceit of their own contriving — that is what they prophesy to you!

22: Can any of the false gods of the nations give rain? Can the skies of themselves give showers? Only You can, O LORD our God! So we hope in You, For only You made all these things.

IV. Outline

1. Introduction

2-9. Psalm-like petition

    2-6. Complaint: Judah’s drought

    7. Petition/confession

    8-9a. Complaint/accusation: Yahweh stands by idly

    9b. Petition

10-18. A conversation about false prophets

    10. Yahweh will punish for sin

    11-12. Prayer, sacrifice, and fasting do not help

    13. The prophets predict salvation

    14-16. The false prophets will be killed with the rest

    17-18. Future lament

19-22. Psalm-like petition

    19. Complaint: Yahweh stands by idly

    20. Confession

    21. Petition

    22. Affirmation of confidence


V. Comment

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