Jeremiah 1 – 3

Jeremiah 1

  1. Verses 4-10 and 17-19. What did God require from Jeremiah, and what did he promise him? How can this apply to us?
  2. What is the divine interpretation of the two visions that Jeremiah saw?
  3. What aspects of God’s character and activity are brought before us in this chapter? Cf. Eph. 1:4.


  1. Verse 5. ‘Knew’: in the sense of ‘regarded’, almost equivalent to ‘chose’. ‘I consecrated you’: set apart for myself. For ‘prophet’, see verse 9.
  2. Verse 11. “Branch’: probably meaning a straight shoot just beginning to blossom. The word for almond tree is from the same root as the word ‘watching’ in verse 12 (see mg.). Moffatt translates ‘wake-tree’. The almond was so called because it was the first to awake after the sleep of winter.
  3. Verse 13. The boiling pot is ready to pour out its fiery contents southwards.
  4. Verse15. ‘Their thrones’: i.e., of judgment.

Jeremiah 2:1-3:5

A review of Israel’s backsliding from the beginning.

  1. According to this section, what are the components of backsliding? Compare Israel’s beginnings with her later condition. Is any of this story true of you? Cf. Gal. 5:7.
  2. 2:12, 13. ‘Living’ water means fresh water from an ever-flowing spring. Cf. 6:7; John 4:13, 14. What do the ‘spring of living water’ and the ‘broken cisterns’ stand for in spiritual experience? Do you take as serious a view of backsliding as God does?
  3. What evil results does Jeremiah say have already followed from the nation’s forgetfulness of God?


  1. 2:10. ‘Kittim’ was Cyprus and western coastlands and ‘Kedar’ was a tribe east of Jordan. The verse means ‘search from east to west…’
  2. 2:16. ‘Memphis’ and ‘Tahpanhes’: cities of Egypt.
  3. 2:25. ‘Do not run thy foot bare, and thy throat dry in the eager pursuit of strange gods’ (Driver).
  4. 3:4. An allusion probably to the feigned penitence of many at the time of Josiah’s reform. Cf. 3:10; 2 Chr. 34:33.

Jeremiah 3:6-4:31

  1. 3:6-20. What is the offence of Judah? And what aggravated it in the eyes of God? What forms does this sin take today? Cf. Jas. 4:4; 1 John 5:20, 21. What does God offer, and on what conditions?
  2. Trace the process of restoration as outlined in 3:21-4:4. What is meant by such phrases as ‘Break up your unploughed ground’ and ‘Circumcise yourselves to the Lord’? Cf. 9:26; Deut. 10:16; Rom. 2:28, 29.
  3. 4:5-31. A vivid picture of the approach of an invader from the north. What place does he have in the purpose of God?


  1. 3:8. An allusion to the conquest of northern Israel in 721 BC by the Assyrians.
  2. 3:10. See Note on 3:4.
  3. 3:14. ‘Husband’. Cf. verses 19, 20 for similar mixing of metaphors from the family.

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