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An outline of the Book of Jeremiah

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
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