An outline of the Book of Jeremiah
Hebrew Name - Yirmiyahu "Yah is my appointer"
Greek Name - Ieremias (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Jeremiah (According to Tradition)
Date - 629 BC Approximately
Theme - The destruction of Judah
Types and Shadows - In Jeremiah Jesus is the Lord our righteousness
The prophet Jeremiah prophesied to the Jews in Jerusalem and Judah about 50 years before Jerusalem would fall and be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Jeremiah continually preached against the folly of idolatry and pleaded with the people the Word of God, "what injustice have you found in me?" he cried, "why have you gone far from me and followed idols, and have become idolaters?", "I brought you into a beautiful country to eat of its fruit and its goodness, but you have defiled my land and made my heritage and abomination." Jeremiah warned that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the Jews would be taken away as captives to the land of Babylon. The words of Jeremiah were violently rejected and he was continually persecuted, but God warned them at the beginning of his ministry not to be "afraid of their faces". While Jeremiah was in prison grieving over the sins of his people the Lord came to him and said "behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant" (Jeremiah 31). Soon afterwards Jerusalem was indeed destroyed in 586 BC as Jeremiah prophesied. But he claimed that their captivity would only last 70 years and then they would return to their land. Jeremiah also prophesied against the pagan nations around Israel. Later he was forced to go and live in the land of Egypt and there is no record of what happened to him.
1:1-1:19 Jeremiah's Call and Commission 2:1-2:37 God Pleads with Israel to Repent 3:1-3:5 Unfaithful Israel 3:6-4:4 A Call to Repentance 4:5-4:18 Invasion and Desolation of Judah Threatened 4:19-4:31 Sorrow for a Doomed Nation 5:1-5:31 The Utter Corruption of God's People 6:1-6:30 The Imminence and Horror of the Invasion 7:1-7:15 Jeremiah Proclaims God's Judgment 7:16-8:3 The People's Disobedience 8:4-8:17 The Blind Perversity of the Whole Nation 8:18-9:16 The Prophet Mourns for the People 9:17-9:26 The People Mourn in Judgment 10:1-10:16 Idolatry Has Brought Ruin in Israel 10:17-10:25 The Coming Exile 11:1-11:17 Israel and Judah Have Broken the Covenant 11:18-11:23 Jeremiah's Life Threatened 12:1-12:17 Jeremiah Complains to God 13:1-13:11 The Linen Loincloth 13:12-13:14 Symbol of the Wine-Jars 13:15-13:27 Exile Threatened 14:1-14:12 The Great Drought 14:13-14:18 Denunciation of Lying Prophets 14:19-14:22 The People Plead for Mercy 15:1-15:9 Punishment Is Inevitable 15:10-15:21 Jeremiah Complains Again and Is Reassured 16:1-16:13 Jeremiah's Celibacy and Message 16:14-16:21 God Will Restore Israel 17:1-17:18 Judah's Sin and Punishment 17:19-17:27 Hallow the Sabbath Day 18:1-18:11 The Potter and the Clay 18:12-18:17 Israel's Stubborn Idolatry 18:18-18:23 A Plot against Jeremiah 19:1-19:15 The Broken Earthenware Jug 20:1-20:6 Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur 20:7-20:18 Jeremiah Denounces His Persecutors 21:1-21:10 Jerusalem Will Fall to Nebuchadrezzar 21:11-21:14 Message to the House of David 22:1-22:10 Exhortation to Repent 22:11-22:23 Message to the Sons of Josiah 22:24-22:30 Judgment on Coniah (Jehoiachin) 23:1-23:4 Restoration after Exile 23:5-23:8 The Righteous Branch of David 23:9-23:40 False Prophets of Hope Denounced 24:1-24:10 The Good and the Bad Figs 25:1-25:14 The Babylonian Captivity Foretold 25:15-25:38 The Cup of God's Wrath 26:1-26:24 Jeremiah's Prophecies in the Temple 27:1-27:22 The Sign of the Yoke 28:1-28:17 Hanamiah Opposes Jeremiah and Dies 29:1-29:23 Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles in Babylon 29:24-29:32 The Letter of Shemaiah 30:1-30:24 Restoration Promised for Israel and Judah 31:1-31:26 The Joyful Return of the Exiles 31:27-31:30 Individual Retribution 31:31-31:37 A New Covenant 31:38-31:40 Jerusalem to Be Enlarged 32:1-32:15 Jeremiah Buys a Field During the Siege 32:16-32:25 Jeremiah Prays for Understanding 32:26-32:44 God's Assurance of the People's Return 33:1-33:13 Healing after Punishment 33:14-33:26 The Righteous Branch and the Covenant with David 34:1-34:7 Death in Captivity Predicted for Zedekiah 34:8-34:22 Treacherous Treatment of Slaves 35:1-35:19 The Rechabites Commended 36:1-36:10 The Scroll Read in the Temple 36:11-36:19 The Scroll Read in the Palace 36:20-36:26 Jehoiakim Burns the Scroll 36:27-36:32 Jeremiah Dictates Another 37:1-37:10 Zedekiah's Vain Hope 37:11-37:21 Jeremiah Is Imprisoned 38:1-38:6 Jeremiah in the Cistern 38:7-38:13 Jeremiah Is Rescued by Ebed-melech 38:14-38:28 Zedekiah Consults Jeremiah Again 39:1-39:10 The Fall of Jerusalem 39:11-39:18 Jeremiah, Set Free, Remembers Ebed-melech 40:1-40:16 Jeremiah with Gedaliah the Governor 41:1-41:18 Insurrection against Gedaliah 42:1-42:22 Jeremiah Advises Survivors Not to Migrate 43:1-43:13 Taken to Egypt, Jeremiah Warns of Judgment 44:1-44:30 Denunciation of Persistent Idolatry 45:1-45:5 A Word of Comfort to Baruch 46:1-46:12 Judgment on Egypt 46:13-46:26 Babylonia Will Strike Egypt 46:27-46:28 God Will Save Israel 47:1-47:7 Judgment on the Philistines 48:1-48:47 Concerning Moab 49:1-49:6 Judgment on the Ammonites 49:7-49:22 Judgment on Edom 49:23-49:27 Judgment on Damascus 49:28-49:33 Judgment on Kedar and Hazor 49:34-49:39 Judgment on Elam 50:1-51:19 Judgment on Babylon 51:20-51:23 Israel the Creator's Instrument 51:24-51:58 The Doom of Babylon 51:59-51:64 Jeremiah's Command to Seraiah 52:1-52:30 The Destruction of Jerusalem Reviewed 52:31-52:34 Jehoiachin Favoured in Captivity