V 1-17 *…*. V 18-23 Jeremiah tries to tell the people to quit their evil deeds and warn them of the impending disaster, but they don’t listen to him. He becomes paranoid. He believes that they are mocking him and plotting against him, and he curses them and says that Yahweh will punish them.
Here we go again – *…* V 7-9 has the gory details.
Jeremiah is arrested and put in the stocks for his proselytizing, but it doesn’t deter him one bit. He’s really feeling sorry for himself here, cursing the day he was born and wishing he were dead.
King Zedekiah sends envoys to beg Jeremiah to ask god to intervene and save Jerusalem from the Babylonian siege. And guess what god’s response is: *…*. Yup. Whoever said god was merciful never read this. Details in v 3-10; they’re not pretty.
Well there are a couple of positive verses in chapter at least. V 3 ….”what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!” Apparently this verse was cited by the Associated Baptist Press in defense of the Affordable Care Act in the US.
Continuing in v 4 “If you obey me, there will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem.” First (for the umpteenth time), that didn’t happen, the Davidian kings died out. And secondly, in the last chapter Yahweh made it very clear that he was bound and determined to destroy Jerusalem and nothing could change his mind. So which is it? V 13-17 sounds to me like a clear message of opposition to slavery, so why don’t we hear it quoted more often?
Most of the rest of the chapter is the usual rant, but there’s an interesting contradiction in v 25-30: Yahweh expels Jehoiachin from the land and curses him to die childless; however Jehoiachin is listed as an ancestor of Jesus in Matthew 1:12. Go figure.