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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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What is the meaning of "encircled" in Jeremiah 31:22?

Yesterday, I read Jeremiah 31:21-22 (ESV): “Set up road markers for yourself; make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, O virgin Israel, ...
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How do the traditions of the LXX and MT versions of Jeremiah relate?

Concerning Jeremiah: does the lengthier text tradition found in the MT represent an expansion of the tradition that backed the LXX? Or does the tradition behind the LXX represent an abridgment of the ...
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Why is Jer 10:11 written in Aramaic?

There is one verse in the Book of Jeremiah written in Aramaic; in fact, this verse stands alone as a "one-verse paragraph" in the Masoretic text. :יא. כִּדְנָה תֵּאמְרוּן לְהוֹם אֱלָהַיָּא דִּי ...
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Jeremiah 49:14-16 and Obadiah vv. 1-4 -- who came first?

Among the oracles against Edom in the Hebrew Bible, there is one that is shared between Jeremiah and Obadiah: Jeremiah 49:14-16 and Obadiah vv. 1-4. Although the "table" is a bit wide for this format, ...
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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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Why is Jeremiah 31 addressed to Ephraim?

Jeremiah 31 is one of my favorite in Tanach. In very poetic language, the chapter describes God's love for his people and the future redemption of the Israelite nation. I wrote a bit about this ...
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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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Why Jeremiah used both encrypted and original name in single verse?

Many sources (eg. Bible glosses, articles) state that Jeremiah used Atbash Cipher to hide true meaning of certain names. According to these sources, name "Sheshakh" (ששך) really means "Babylon" (בבל). ...
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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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The Potter's field reference in Matthew 27:9-10

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, 10 and ...
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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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Who is "not speaking" in Jeremiah 10:5?

In the beginning of Jeremiah 10 there is a discussion of those who cut down trees, and then erect them and decorate them. I assume this was some sort of idolatrous practice. In verse 5 the verse ...
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Jeremiah 30:9, David as King

Jeremiah 30:9 says, according to the NIV: "Instead they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them." Most of the other translations are the same. It seems very ...
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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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Why does the BHS suggest היום for האישׁ in Jeremiah 20:16?

The Masoretic text of Jeremiah 20:16 reads: וְהָיָה הָאִישׁ הַהוּא כֶּֽעָרִים אֲשֶׁר־הָפַךְ יְהוָה וְלֹא נִחָם וְשָׁמַע זְעָקָה בַּבֹּקֶר וּתְרוּעָה בְּעֵת צָהֳרָֽיִם Translated as (JSB): Let ...
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Jeremiah 21 King Nebuchadnezzar same as in Daniel?

Jeremiah 21:2 says that King Nebuchadnezzar is attacking Israel. Is this the same Nebuchadnezzar that places Daniel in a high government position? I know that many kings had the same names at that ...
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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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Did Josephus misinterpret Ezekiel 12:13?

According to Josephus: Ezekiel also foretold in Babylon what calamities were coming upon the people, which when he heard, he sent accounts of them unto Jerusalem. But Zedekiah did not believe their ...
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Why is Israel referred to with a male pronoun in Jeremiah 31:10?

“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ —...
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"Stealing the word" in Jeremiah 23:30. What does the prophet mean by this?

What does the phrase "stealing the word" really mean as used in Jeremiah 23:30? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who steal my words from one another. (ESV)
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How justified is the NIV's translation of 'tsidqenu' as ‘Our Righteous Savior' in Jeremiah 23:6 and 33:16?

Jeremiah 23:6b in the NIV (2011 edition) reads: "This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior." The root form (the masculine noun 'tsedeq') is customarily ...
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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 does it mean in Genesis 1:2 and Jeremiah 4:23 when they refer to the earth as void?

Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep..... AND Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, ...
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Why does God call Nebuchadnezzar his servant?

Jeremiah 27:6 (KJV) 6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. How could ...
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Contradiction between Exodus 29:18 and Jeremiah 7:22

What does Jeremiah mean by his statement in Jeremiah 7:22? For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings ...
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Did Jeremiah complain about corrupt torah in Jeremiah 8:8?

A website called "Jesus Believes in Evolution" claims that Jeremiah complained about Torah being corrupted, citing Jeremiah 8:8. However, that is not a common interpretation of the verse. What did ...
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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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What does the "rod of an almond tree" in Jer 1:11 refer to?

In Jeremiah 1:11, what does the "rod of an almond tree" refer to? 11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” ...
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A question about the Hebrew words translated 'righteousness' in Jeremiah 33:15/16

In Jeremiah 33:15 : ... the Branch of righteousness [KJV] the Hebrew word used is tsedaqah, so Young's Analytical Concordance informs me. In Jeremiah 33:16 : ... the Lord our righteousness [...
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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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Making sense of LXX Jeremiah 2:25

In Jeremiah 2:25, the people respond to the prophet's call to repentance: נוֹאָשׁ לוֹא כִּֽי־אָהַבְתִּי זָרִים וְאַחֲרֵיהֶם אֵלֵךְ (BHS) It is hopeless, for I have loved foreigners, and after ...
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What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31

Jeremiah 31 verses 31-33, talks about a new covenant forged explicitly with Jews/Israel and only with Jews/Israel, and none other. I'm quoting the passage in Hebrew and providing the phrase literal ...
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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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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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Why does the Prophet curse the day of his birth in Jeremiah 20:14?

Jeremiah 20:13-14 (KJV) 13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers. 14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day ...
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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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Why must a Hebrew slave who has to work six years only be released after the seventh year?

In Jeremiah 34:14, we read that a Hebrew slave which has served six years must be let go at the end of the seventh year: Jer 34:14: מִקֵּץ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים תְּֽשַׁלְּחוּ אִישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו הָעִבְרִי ...
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Could the "new thing" in Jeremiah 31:22 be a prophecy of the virgin birth?

World English Bible Jeremiah 31:22 How long will you go here and there, you backsliding daughter? for Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth: a woman shall encompass a man. A related question ...
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Jeremiah 31:34 (cf. Hebrews 8:11): γνῶθι τὸν κύριον and πάντες εἰδήσουσίν με

In Jer. 31:34, it is written, וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד אִישׁ אֶת רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת אָחִיו לֵאמֹר דְּעוּ אֶת יְהוָה כִּי כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְטַנָּם וְעַד גְּדוֹלָם נְאֻם יְהוָה כִּי אֶסְלַח ...
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In Jeremiah 23:6 what does "the LORD Our Righteousness" mean?

I noticed that the English translations of Jeremiah 23:6 vary greatly (http://biblehub.com/jeremiah/23-6.htm). What is the proper rendering of the verse? Is it about YHVH being righteous? Or making ...
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Accurate translation of הִתְעֵתֶים in Jeremiah 42:20

Jeremiah 42:20 (BHS): כִּ֣י הִתְעֵתֶים בְּנַפְשֹֽׁותֵיכֶם֒ כִּֽי־אַתֶּ֞ם שְׁלַחְתֶּ֣ם אֹתִ֗י אֶל־יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר הִתְפַּלֵּ֣ל בַּעֲדֵ֔נוּ אֶל־יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ וּכְכֹל֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר ...
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Does a wasted, formless and void earth in Gen. 1:2 imply a previously existing world?

Jumping off of the question asked in Jul 2016 here about the similarity of Gen. 1:2 with the prophesy of Jer. 4:23 - Jer. 4:23 - 26: "23 I looked [to] the land, and lo, waste and void, And unto ...
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Why Jeremiah writes in codes in chapter 25:26

Jeremiah 25:26 reads, וְאֵת כָּל מַלְכֵי הַצָּפוֹן הַקְּרֹבִים וְהָרְחֹקִים אִישׁ אֶל אָחִיו וְאֵת כָּל הַמַּמְלְכוֹת הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר עַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּמֶלֶךְ שֵׁשַׁךְ יִשְׁתֶּ֥ה אַחֲרֵיהֶֽם and ...
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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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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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Is Jeremiah 9:23-24 a good example of chiasm?

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (JUB), for example: 23Thus hath the LORD said, a) Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, b) neither let the mighty man glory in his might, c) let not the rich man glory in his ...
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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. ...
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Why do Daniel 7:5 and Revelation 13:2 mention a bear, while Jeremiah 5:6 mentions a wolf?

Many Bible prophecies associate beasts with evil kingdoms. Three passages have such similarities that I assume they should be viewed as having some commonality of meaning, but one striking difference ...
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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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Is Jeremiah 18:2 grammatically incorrect?

This may seem like an insignificant question but I was wondering why the Hebrew "וְשָׁ֖מָּה" which is feminine appears in Jeremiah 18:2 to refer to "בֵּ֣ית" which is masculine: קוּם וְיָרַדְתָּ ...