Jeremiah 15 – “Yahweh Will Not Forgive; Jeremiah’s Petition”

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I. Summary

Yahweh will punish Judah no matter what. Jeremiah asks Yahweh to save him from the people and Yahweh acquiesces.

II. Photo

Yawheh will not forgive: “Their widows shall be more numerous than the sands of the seas!” (v. 8)

III. Select Verses

1:  The LORD said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel were to intercede with Me, I would not be won over to that people. Dismiss them from My presence, and let them go forth!

2: And if they ask you, ‘To what shall we go forth?’ answer them, ‘Thus said the LORD: Those destined for the plague, to the plague; Those destined for the sword, to the sword; Those destined for famine, to famine; Those destined for captivity, to captivity.

4: I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, on account of King Manasseh son of Hezekiah of Judah, and of what he did in Jerusalem.’”

17-18: I have not sat in the company of revelers And made merry! I have sat lonely because of Your hand upon me, For You have filled me with gloom. Why must my pain be endless, My wound incurable, Resistant to healing? You have been to me like a spring that fails, Like waters that cannot be relied on.

IV. Outline

1-4. Yahweh will not forgive     

    1a. Introduction

    1b. Even Moses or Samuel could not save Israel

    2-3. Lists of punishments

    4. Rationale: Manasseh’s deeds in Jerusalem

5-9. Yahweh’s lament

    5. Nobody will pity Jerusalem

    6. Yahweh must act

    7-9. Punishments: death, exile, shame

10-18. Jeremiah’s lament

    10. Complaint: the people curse Jeremiah

    12-14. Yahweh will spare some from the enemy

    15. Petition to be saved

    16-17. Affirmation of loyalty

    18. Complaint about pain

19-21. Yahweh’s Response

    19-20. The people will return to Jeremiah

    21. Jeremiah will be saved


V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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