Jeremiah 11 & 12

These chapters fall into three sections: 11:11-17, Judah’s stubborn idolatry and breaking of the covenant; 11:18 – 12:6, a complaint of the prophet because of plots against his life, and God’s answer to his questionings; and 12:7-17, which seems to refer to the attacks of surrounding peoples (see 2 Kgs. 24:1, 2), and closes with a remarkable promise to these nations on condition of their turning from idols to worship the Lord.

  1. What were the constituent elements of ‘this covenant’ (11:2)? What was God’s part and what the people’s? Cf. 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1.
  2. What did Jeremiah do with his perplexities, and what answer did he receive? Can we come with his confidence? Note 12:5 and 6 in particular. What does this answer of God imply? Cf. Heb. 12:3, 4.
  3. Jeremiah is often described as a Christ-like figure. As you read the book chapter, note the similarities. With 11:21 and 12: 6, cf. Mark 3:21; Luke 4:24, 29; 21:16.


  1. 11:15. See Note on 7:22, 23.
  2. 12:13. ‘They’: i.e., the people of Judah.