Women in the Book of Jeremiah

What does the Book of Jeremiah say about women? Here are all the verses we found that mention a woman.

 


 

Jeremiah 2:32. “Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me for days without number.

Jeremiah 3:1. “They say, ‘If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and becomes another man’s, should he return to her again?’ Wouldn’t that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the prostitute with many lovers; yet return again to me,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 3:20. “Surely as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so you have dealt treacherously with me, house of Israel,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 4:30. You, when you are made desolate, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself with scarlet, though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, though you enlarge your eyes with makeup, you make yourself beautiful in vain. Your lovers despise you. They seek your life.

Jeremiah 4:31. For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of her who gives birth to her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, “Woe is me now! For my soul faints before the murderers.”

Jeremiah 5:7. “How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me, and sworn by what are no gods. When I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery, and assembled themselves in troops at the prostitutes’ houses.

Jeremiah 5:8. Lustful stallions they are, each neighs after another’s wife. (NAB translation)

Jeremiah 7:18. The children gather wood, their fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven, while libations are poured out to strange gods in order to hurt me. (NAB translation)

Jeremiah 8:10. Therefore I will give their wives to others and their fields to those who will possess them. For everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.

Jeremiah 9:17. The LORD of Hosts says, “Consider, and call for the mourning women, that they may come. Send for the skillful women, that they may come.

Jeremiah 15:8. Their widows are increased more than the sand of the seas. I have brought on them against the mother of the young men a destroyer at noonday. I have caused anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly.

Jeremiah 15:10. Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife, and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have not lent, neither have men lent to me; yet every one of them curses me.

Jeremiah 16:2. You shall not take a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters, in this place.

Jeremiah 19:9. I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters. They will each eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies, and those who seek their life, will distress them.” ’

Jeremiah 29:6. Take wives and father sons and daughters. Take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters. Multiply there, and don’t be diminished.

Jeremiah 29:23. because they have done foolish things in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and have spoken words in my name falsely, which I didn’t command them. I am he who knows, and am witness,” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 30:6. Ask now, and see whether a man travails with child. Why do I see every man with his hands on his waist, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned pale?

Jeremiah 31:8. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, along with the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her who travails with child together. They will return as a great company.

Jeremiah 31:13. Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance; the young men and the old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

Jeremiah 31:22. How long will you go here and there, you backsliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth: a woman will encompass a man.”

Jeremiah 34:9. that every man should let his male servant, and every man his female servant, who is a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go free; that no one should make bondservants of them, of a Jew his brother.

Jeremiah 34:10. All the princes and all the people obeyed who had entered into the covenant, that everyone should let his male servant, and everyone his female servant go free, that no one should make bondservants of them any more. They obeyed and let them go;

Jeremiah 34:16. but you turned and profaned my name, and every man caused his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom you had let go free at their pleasure, to return. You brought them into subjection, to be to you for servants and for handmaids.’ ”

Jeremiah 40:7. Now when all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed to him men, women, children, and of the poorest of the land, of those who were not carried away captive to Babylon;

Jeremiah 41:10. Then Ishmael carried away captive all of the people who were left in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people who remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the children of Ammon.

Jeremiah 41:16. Then Yochanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces who were with him took all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after he had killed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the men of war, with the women, the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon.

Jeremiah 43:6. the men, and the women, and the children, and the king’s daughters, and every person who Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan; and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah;

Jeremiah 44:9. Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

Jeremiah 44:15. Then all the men who knew that their wives burned incense to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, even all the people who lived in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

Jeremiah 44:20. Then Jeremiah said to all the people, to the men, and to the women, even to all the people who had given him an answer, saying,

Jeremiah 49:3. “Wail, Heshbon, for Ai is laid waste! Cry, you daughters of Rabbah! Clothe yourself in sackcloth. Lament, and run back and forth among the fences; for Malcam will go into captivity, his priests and his princes together.

Jeremiah 49:11. Leave your fatherless children. I will preserve them alive. Let your widows trust in me.”

Jeremiah 50:37. A sword is on their horses, on their chariots, and on all the mixed people who are in the middle of her; and they will become as women. A sword is on her treasures, and they will be robbed.

Jeremiah 51:22. With you I will break in pieces the chariot and him who rides therein. With you I will break in pieces man and woman. With you I will break in pieces the old man and the youth. With you I will break in pieces the young man and the virgin.

Jeremiah 51:30. The mighty men of Babylon have stopped fighting, they remain in their strongholds. Their might has failed. They have become as women. Her dwelling places are set on fire. Her bars are broken.

 

NOTES

1. The Bible sometimes refers to locations or people-groups by using female terminology. We ignored all such instances. Examples: Ariel, Egypt, Israel, Jerusalem, Samaria, Tyre, vineyards, virgin daughter of Zion.

2. The Bible sometimes mentions things a woman might possess. We ignored all such instances. Examples: anklet, ankle chain, beauty, bracelet, cape, charm, cloak, earrings, garment, hair, headband, headdress, linen, mirror, necklace, nose ring, perfume, purse, ring, robe, sash, shawl, tiara, veil.

3. The Bible sometimes mentions the names (or functions) of female body parts without referring to an actual woman. Example: breasts, give birth, womb.

4. The Bible often uses words that are culturally associated with female behavior, but without applying them to an actual woman. Examples: compassion, tender, delicate, conceive.

5. The Bible sometimes uses titles of female “occupations,” but without applying them to an actual woman. The words are usually used as a pejorative. Examples: adulterer, prostitute, sorceress.

6. The Bible sometimes mentions a god from another nation. Some of those were female. We ignored all such instances. Example: Ishtar.

 


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