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Jeremiah (2)

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Jeremiah, Book of. This prophecy embraces a period of upwards of 40 years, between b.c. 628 and b.c. 586. It relates to the judgments that were to come upon the people for their gross idolatry and corruption; to the restoration which awaited them, whenever they would repent of and forsake their sins; and to the glory which would arise on the church in future times. Melancholy, tender sensibility, and a tone of grief, are the distinguishing characteristics of Jeremiah's style. The several prophecies may be arranged thus: I. The introduction, chap. 1. II. Reproofs of the sins of the Jews, consisting of seven sections—a, Jeremiah 2:1-37, b. 3-6, c. 7-10, d. 11-13, e. Jeremiah 14:1 to Jeremiah 17:18, f. Jeremiah 17:19-20, g. 21-24. III. A general review of the heathen nations, and also of the people of Israel, consisting of two sections—a. 46-49, which may have been transposed, b. 25, and an historical appendix in three sections—a. 26, b. 27, c. 28, 29. IV. Two sections picturing the hopes of brighter times—a. 30, 31, b. 32, 33, to which is added an historical appendix in three sections—a. Jeremiah 34:1-7, b. Jeremiah 34:8-22, c. 35. V. The conclusion, in two sections—a. 36, b. 45. Added some time afterwards—a. 37-39, b. 40-43, c. Jeremiah 46:13-26. The fifty-second chapter of Jeremiah is nearly the same with 2 Kings 24:18 to 2 Kings 25:30. Both were mainly drawn from the same sources. The order of the prophecies of Jeremiah, from chap. 21:15 to the end of the book, is different in the Septuagint version from that of the Hebrew text; for those prophecies which, in the Hebrew, occupy the last place—46-51—are found in the Greek translation after chap. 2 Kings 25:14, and in a different order. In some editions of the Septuagint the chapters are as in the Hebrew.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Jeremiah (2)'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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