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Questions about the book of Jeremiah or the prophet himself. Jeremiah lived through the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem.

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Does God think something untrue in Jeremiah 3:7?

The NABRE gives Jeremiah 3:6-8 as follows (emphasis added): The LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah: Do you see what rebellious Israel has done? She has gone up every high mountain, and ...
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Are the forty years of Ezekiel 4 related to the seventy years of Jeremiah 25?

Ezekiel portrays the siege & destruction of Jerusalem for forty years Ezekiel 4:1-6 NIV 4 “Now, son of man, take a block of clay, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. 2 ...
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In Jeremiah 20:7 what is the accurate translation "deceived" or "persuaded" or "enticed"?

Jeremiah 20:7 (KJV): O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. Jeremiah 20:7 (ASV): O ...
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In Jeremiah 25:11 are the seventy years literal?

Jeremiah 25:11 KJV And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Were the seventy years of serving Babylon a ...
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"Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know" - To whom is Jeremiah 33:3's promise made?

Jeremiah 33:1-3 (NASB): Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, saying, 2 “This is what the LORD says, He who made the ...
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Jer. 12:9 question on a collective noun

This is my first post here, so I hope I'm doing this right... I have recently asked this same question on the b-hebrew forum but was very impressed by the quality of replies I see on this site. Why do ...
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In Jeremiah 7:30 what does it mean that his "house" is "called by my name"?

[Jer 7:30 HNV] (30) For the children of Yehudah have done that which is evil in my sight, says the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it. We see ...
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Are all hearts universally deceitful?

Jeremiah 17:9 New International Version The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Is this universally true? For all or for some?
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How can Jesus inherit David's throne since he's a descendent of Jehoiakim?

Based on Luke Jesus will inherit David's throne, however, Jehoiakim descendants can Not sit on David's throne as he is cursed by God. Jeremiah 36:30 Therefore this is what the LORD says about ...
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Does the Reward of Repentance in Jeremiah 18:8 refer to spiritual salvation (in Heaven) or homeland security (on Earth)?

The Word of YHVH דְבַר יְהֹוָ֖ה is spoken through the prophet Yirmiyahu יִרְמְיָ֔הוּ regarding the conditional reward for national repentance : [Yirmiyahu יִרְמְיָ֔הוּ “Jeremiah” 18:8, MT] “And when ...
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In Jeremiah is evil always associated with the north regardless of geographical location?

The motif of evil coming forth from the north is repeated many times in Jeremiah. Already in the first chapter Jeremiah prophesizes that evil will start from the north. Then again in 4:6; 6:1 this ...
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What is the significance of not putting the linen waistband in water in Jeremiah 13:1?

Jeremiah 13:1 NASB 13 Thus the Lord said to me, “Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.” What was the significance of not putting the linen ...
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What is the meaning of "it" in Jeremiah 19:5? "nor did it come into My mind". E.S.V

Jeremiah 19:5 (ESV); and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind-- Here are ...
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What was the hand of the Lord that touched Jeremiah's mouth? Was it physical?

Jeremiah 1 4The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew a you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6“Alas, ...
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Terminology of "seeking" in Jeremiah 29:13

Jeremiah 29:13 וּבִקַשְׁתֶּ֥ם אֹתִי וּמְצָאתֶם You will seek me and find me, כִּ֥י תִדְרְשֻׁנִי בְּכָל־לְבַבְכֶם when you seek me with all of your heart. (ESV) The word translated "seek" ...
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What is the point of the questions in Jeremiah 18:14?

Jeremiah 18: 14 Does the snow of Lebanon ever vanish from its rocky slopes? Do its cool waters from distant sources ever stop flowing? What's the point of these questions?
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Did the Jewish remnant disavow God somewhat in Jeremiah 42:2?

Jeremiah 42: 1Then all the commanders of the forces, along with Johanan son of Kareah, Jezaniaha son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, approached 2 Jeremiah the prophet ...
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Why are "Judah" and "Israel" distinguished in many verses?

Even though Judah is one of the tribes of Israel (Exo. 31:2), why, then, are Judah and Israel often distinguished when they occur in the same verse? For example, in Jer. 30:4 (KJV), it is written, ...
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Does Jeremiah literally visit the nations and hand them the cup of God's wrath?

Jeremiah 25 15This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16When they ...
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Jeremiah 31:32 Which covenant did they break?

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, The majority ...
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What is the significance of Jeremiah 35:19?

NIV Jeremiah 35:19 Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.'" Is this literally true today?
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Jeremiah 31:19 breast or thigh?

Jeremiah 31:19 New International Version After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.' English ...
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Why is Jeremiah so mean in Jeremiah 18:21?

Jeremiah 18:21 So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by ...
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Who are the people in the "household of Israel from the north land" in Jeremiah: Chapter 23

It seems odd that people in the "north lands" are specified in Jeremiah: Chapter 23; verse 8. Is this book written after the Babylonian captivity? If the book is written after the Babylonian ...
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What is the significance of attacking at noon?

Jeremiah 6:4 "Prepare for battle against her! Arise, let us attack at noon! But, alas, the daylight is fading, and the shadows of evening grow long. What is the significance of attacking at noon?
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Is Jeremiah 46 out of chronological order?

Jeremiah 46 1This is the word of the LORD about the nations—the word that came to Jeremiah the prophet 2concerning Egypt and the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on ...
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What is the Hebrew name of the prophet Jeremiah—Yirmeyah or Yirmeyahu?

When the question was asked on Christian hermeneutics the response was both: Please read what I wrote. Jer. 28:5 has יִרְמְיָה (Yirmeyah) and Jer. 7:1 has יִרְמְיָהוּ (Yirmeyahu). As for your ...
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Why is Jeremiah so opposed to a Jewish settlement in Egypt?

Jeremiah 42:7-19 Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. 8So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him and all the people from the least to ...
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Why does the Prophet Jeremiah say God gave no command respecting sacrifices in Jeremiah 7:22?

Jeremiah 7:22 (KJV) 22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But in Exodus the ...
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Evidence that Shallum is king Jehoahaz?

In 1 Chronicles 3:15 we find a list of king Josiah's four sons: The sons of Josiah: Johanan the firstborn, Jehoiakim the second son, Zedekiah the third, Shallum the fourth. Then in Jeremiah 22:11-12 ...
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Do the 'sevens' in Daniel 9:24-26 refer to years in a land sabbath cycle?

Daniel 9:24-26 (YLT): ... 'Seventy weeks [sevens] are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, to shut up the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover iniquity, and to bring in ...
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Jews time in exile

Jeremiah prophesied 70 years of Babylonian captivity, which began 606 BC and ended in 536 BC. On the other hand, Ezekiel, while 30 years into this captivity (Eze 1:1), prophesied 390 and 40 years ...
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In John 15:1, why did Jesus call himself “the [very] vine” rather than “the branch”?

Several times in the Old Testament, the Messiah is referred to as “the branch,” or Hebrew צֶמַח (tzemach): Isa. 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of ...
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Why does Jeremiah refer to Zedekiah as Jehoiakim?

In Jeremiah 27 the chapter begins by discussing the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim, but in verse 3 pivots to talking about Zedekiah. 1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of ...
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How to know when to use Shihor or Nile?

In Joshua 13:3 (NASB) from the Shihor which is east of Egypt, even as far as the border of Ekron to the north (it is counted as Canaanite); the five governors of the Philistines: the Gazite, the ...
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Consulting some diviners tolerated?

I've asked this question before with a particular focus on Joseph's life. Now I'd like to broaden the scope by bringing in ​Jeremiah 27:9 (NASB) And as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your ...
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Why is Jeremiah's name spelled differently in the book of Jeremiah?

Jeremiah is ירמיהו and means "Whom the LORD has appointed." It appears even the LORD uses this name: And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I ...
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Does Jeremiah 33 predict that when the messiah comes Judah will live in peace and prosperity?

ESV Jeremiah 33: 14“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will ...
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Jeremiah 31:38-40: the rebuilt city?

According to jeremiah 31:38-40: 38 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. 39 And the ...
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Why did Jeremiah curse an innocent man?

Jeremiah 20:14 Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me never be blessed. 15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, saying, “A son is born to you,” bringing him great joy....
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Yule Tree in Jeremiah 10:1-4?

Jeremiah 10:1-4 KJV Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens ...
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Who are the "Shepherds Like-My Heart" (רֹעִ֖ים כְּלִבִּ֑י) recounted by the prophet Yirmiyahu in Jeremiah 3:15?

In Jeremiah 3:15, the prophet Yirmiyahu begins declaring the Word of YHVH (דְבַר־יְהֹוָה֙) in past tense first-person singular : I gave (נָֽתַתִּ֥י) See Ivri conjugation of "Natati" (...
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Chronology issue in Jeremiah 52?

Jeremiah 51:64 Then say, 'So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people will fall.'" The words of Jeremiah end here. Jeremiah 52:1 Zedekiah ...
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What is perpetual sleep?

Jeremiah 51:57 I will make drunk her officials and her wise men, her governors, her commanders, and her warriors; they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake, declares the King, whose name is the ...
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What is the meaning of the Lord's hand in Jeremiah 25?

Jeremiah 25:15 This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from My hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink from it. 16And they will drink ...
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Did Jeremiah curse procrastinators?

Jeremiah 48:10 English Standard Version “Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness [רְמִיָּ֑ה], and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed. This seems to be a strange ...
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What are "the old paths" Jeremiah spoke of in 6:16?

What are "the old paths" Jeremiah spoke of in Jeremiah 6:16? Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall ...
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Who is the "I" in Jeremiah 31:19? Why did he strike his thigh?

Jeremiah 31:19 English Standard Version For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

After being threatened by Saul, David leaves his wife who subsequently is given to another man. Years later when David becomes king he requests that his wife be given back to him. 2 Samuel 3:14, 15 ...
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Did men prefer women with large eyes?

Jeremiah 4:30 And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. ...