During the dark days leading to their destruction, Jeremiah was a weeping prophet to a wayward people. He was a blazing torch who exposed their sin with the brightness of God’s Word.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52

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The book is named for its author: Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah.


The author is Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah:

Jeremiah 1:1. The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.

Jeremiah’s father Hilkiah was a member of the Levitical priesthood, and lived in Anathoth.

That was a small village about three miles northeast of Jerusalem.


Jeremiah’s ministry began in about 627 BC. Specifically, Jeremiah began during the 13th year of the reign of king Josiah:

Jeremiah 1:2. The LORD’s word came to him in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

Jeremiah’s ministry lasted until at least 586 BC. Specifically, Jeremiah prophesied at least until the exile:

Jeremiah 1:3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.


Jeremiah’s ministry as a prophet spanned the final five decades of Judah’s history.

He began during the reign of Josiah, who was Judah’s final good king.

The people were deeply ensnared by the idolatry that King Manasseh had promoted during his 55-year reign.

For these wayward people, Jeremiah was a prophet who wept.

During the dark days leading to their destruction, Jeremiah was a blazing torch who exposed their sin with the brightness of God’s Word.

Through Jeremiah, the LORD God offered Judah their final opportunities to repent.

Unfortunately, they refused to listen.


Four characteristics are evident in the Book of Jeremiah:

1. Not Chronological

Unlike many books of the Bible, the Book of Jeremiah is not written chronologically.

2. Autobiographical

Jeremiah writes an intensely personal book.

He not only reveals the nation’s response to his ministry, but he also records his personal feelings about his messages.

He weeps over the impending destruction, and complains about the ridicule he was forced to endure. He records his own self-doubt as well as his doubts about the LORD God’s justice.

3. Different Literary Styles

Three types of literary materials are found in the Book of Jeremiah:

  • poetic discourse
  • prose discourse
  • prose narratives

4. Logical Ordering

Jeremiah did not arrange his book chronologically. Instead, he arranged the sections in a broad logical arrangement.

That logical ordering is seen in our outline (see below).




Jeremiah 1:1-10. Jeremiah is called to to be a prophet

Jeremiah 1:11-12. Vision of a blossoming almond branch

Jeremiah 1:13-16. Vision of a boiling pot

Jeremiah 1:17-19. Jeremiah is to oppose his nation


Jeremiah 2:1-37. Jerusalem lost its faith

Jeremiah 3:1-5. Jerusalem lost its faith, continued

Jeremiah 3:6-25. Repent in light of the coming judgment

Jeremiah 4:1-4. The nation needs to repent

Jeremiah 4:5-31. Judgment is already on the way

Jeremiah 5:1-31. Reasons for the coming judgment of Judah

Jeremiah 6:1-30. The coming judgment is certain

Jeremiah 7:1-34. Jeremiah begins to preach in the temple

Jeremiah 8:1-22. People will reap what they had sown

Jeremiah 9:1-26. People will reap what they had sown, continued

Jeremiah 10:1-25. People will reap what they had sown, continued

Jeremiah 11:1-15. They violated the covenant

Jeremiah 11:16-23. Consequences of violating the covenant

Jeremiah 12:1-17. Consequences of violating the covenant, continued

Jeremiah 13:1-11. The illustration of the linen belt

Jeremiah 13:12-14. The parable of the wineskins

Jeremiah 13:15-27. The message on sin and its results

Jeremiah 14:1-6. The great drought

Jeremiah 14:7-22. The people cry out for deliverance

Jeremiah 15:1-4. The LORD responds to their cry for deliverance

Jeremiah 15:5-9. The people of Jerusalem had rejected the LORD God

Jeremiah 15:10-21. Jeremiah laments his own life

Jeremiah 16:1-9. Restrictions on Jeremiah’s personal life

Jeremiah 16:10-21. The sin of Judah

Jeremiah 17:1-18. The people of Judah were steeped in idolatry

Jeremiah 17:19-27. Jeremiah confronts the nation about keeping the Sabbath

Jeremiah 18:1-23. Jeremiah goes to the potter’s house

Jeremiah 19:1-15. The message of the broken jar

Jeremiah 20:1-6. Pashhur rejects the message of Jeremiah

Jeremiah 20:7-13. Jeremiah complains to the LORD God

Jeremiah 20:14-18. Jeremiah echoes the prophet Job


Jeremiah 21:1-14. Jeremiah rebukes king Zedekiah of Judah

Jeremiah 22:1-9. Jeremiah rebukes king Zedekiah of Judah, continued

Jeremiah 22:10-12. Jeremiah rebukes king Jehoahaz

Jeremiah 22:13-30. Jeremiah rebukes king Jehoiakim

Jeremiah 23:1-8. The LORD God will raise up a righteous branch

Jeremiah 23:9-40. Jeremiah rebukes the prophets

Jeremiah 24:1-10. A vision of two baskets of figs

Jeremiah 25:1-7. Judah had ignored the warnings of the prophets

Jeremiah 25:8-10. Jerusalem will be destroyed

Jeremiah 25:11-38. Judah will be taken captive to Babylon


Jeremiah 26:1-6. Jeremiah preaches in the temple

Jeremiah 26:7-19. The religious leaders call for Jeremiah to be killed

Jeremiah 26:20-24. King Jehoiakim kills the prophet Uriah

Jeremiah 27:1-11. Against the false prophets

Jeremiah 27:12-15. To king Zedekiah of Judah

Jeremiah 27:16-22. To the priests and the people

Jeremiah 28:1-11. Hananiah masquerades as a prophet

Jeremiah 28:12-17. Jeremiah counters the false message of Hananniah

Jeremiah 29:1-14. Jeremiah’s first letter to the exiles in Babylon

Jeremiah 29:15-23. False prophets among the exiles in Babylon

Jeremiah 29:24-32. Jeremiah’s second letter to the exiles in Babylon


Jeremiah 30:1-11. The LORD will restore them to their land

Jeremiah 30:12-17. The LORD will restore them spiritually

Jeremiah 30:18-24. The LORD will materially bless them

Jeremiah 31:1-40. The LORD will restore their nation

Jeremiah 32:1-5. Jeremiah is in prison

Jeremiah 32:6-44. The LORD promises restoration

Jeremiah 33:1-5. The coming judgment

Jeremiah 33:6-13. The coming restoration

Jeremiah 33:14-26. The covenants with David and the Levitical priests


Jeremiah 34:1-7. The fate of Zedekiah king of Judah

Jeremiah 34:8-22. Slave owners must set their slaves free

Jeremiah 35:1-19. The faithful Rechabites

Jeremiah 36:1-7. Jeremiah writes his prophecies on a scroll

Jeremiah 36:8-19. Baruch reads the scroll to the people

Jeremiah 36:20-26. Foolish king Jehoiakim burns the scroll

Jeremiah 36:27-32. Jeremiah rewrites the scroll

Jeremiah 37:1-10. Jeremiah’s message to king Zedekiah

Jeremiah 37:11-16. Jeremiah is arrested and thrown in a dungeon

Jeremiah 37:17-21. King Zedekiah asks Jeremiah a favor

Jeremiah 38:1-6. Jeremiah is imprisoned in a cistern

Jeremiah 38:7-13. Jeremiah is rescued from the cistern

Jeremiah 38:14-28. King Zedekiah summons Jeremiah

Jeremiah 39:1-10. The fall of Jerusalem

Jeremiah 39:11-18. The fate of Jeremiah

Jeremiah 40:1-4. Jeremiah is set free

Jeremiah 40:5-12. Jeremiah remains in Judah with governor Gedeliah

Jeremiah 40:13-16. King Baalis sends an assassin to kill governor Gedeliah

Jeremiah 41:1-10. An assassin kills Governor Gedaliah

Jeremiah 41:11-18. Johanan rescues the hostages

Jeremiah 42:1-22. The hostages ask Jeremiah to pray for them

Jeremiah 43:1-7. Johanan persuades the remnant to flee to Egypt

Jeremiah 43:8-13. Nebuchadnezzar will easily conquer Egypt

Jeremiah 44:1-30. Jeremiah warns the Jewish people in Egypt

Jeremiah 45:1-5. A message for Baruch


Jeremiah 46:1-28. Jeremiah prophecies against Egypt

Jeremiah 47:1-7. Jeremiah prophecies against the Philistines

Jeremiah 48:1-48. Jeremiah prophecies against Moab

Jeremiah 49:1-6. Jeremiah prophecies against Ammon

Jeremiah 49:7-22. Jeremiah prophecies against Edom

Jeremiah 49:23-27. Jeremiah prophecies against Damascus

Jeremiah 49:28-33. Jeremiah prophecies against Kedar and Hazor

Jeremiah 49:34-39. Jeremiah prophecies against Elam

Jeremiah 50:1-46. Jeremiah prophecies against Babylon

Jeremiah 51:1-64. Jeremiah prophecies against Babylon, continued


Jeremiah 52:1-11. The fall of Jerusalem

Jeremiah 52:12-30. The destruction of Jerusalem

Jeremiah 52:31-34. Disgraced king Jehoiakin is given undeserved favor



Here are some great verses to memorize:

Jeremiah 9:23. But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord. (NKJV translation)

Jeremiah 15:16. Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. (KJV translation)

Jeremiah 23:29. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” (NIV translation)

Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV translation)

Jeremiah 29:12. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (NIV translation)

Jeremiah 29:13. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (NIV translation)

Jeremiah 32:27. I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (NIV translation)

Jeremiah 33:3. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (KJV translation)

Jeremiah 39:18. Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the Lord, have spoken! (NLT translation)


Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible



CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52

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