Jeremiah 14 & 15

These two chapters consist of a kind of colloquy between Jeremiah and God. The prophet is driven to prayer by a time of drought (14:1-6).

  1. What pleas of the people does the prophet present before God in 14:7-9, and what does God’s answer (14:10-12) tell us of the people’s confession?
    Cf. 3:10; 15:6, 7; Is. 59:1, 2. What further pleas does Jeremiah urge in his second and third prayers (14:13 and 19-22)?
    What are God’s answers in each case?
  2. The prophet, ceasing to pray for the people, breaks into a lament (15:10) and prays for himself (15:15-18). Observe carefully God’s answer; especially in verses 19-21. How well did Jeremiah know himself?
    What new element is added in verse 19?
    Have you ever had a comparable answer to prayer?
    Cf. 2 Tim. 2:19-21.

Notes

  1. 14:7, 21. ‘For the sake of your name’: God’s name is ‘his nature as revealed in the covenant, which is the ultimate ground of prayer’ (Cunliffe-Jones). Cf. Exod. 33:19; 34:5-7.
  2. 15:1.Cf. Ps. 99:6-8. Moses (e.g., Exod. 32:11-14, 30-32) and Samuel (e.g., 1 Sam. 7:8, 9) were outstanding in intercession for their people.
  3. 15:4. See 2 Kgs. 21:1-5, 16.
  4. 15:11. The Hebrew is very difficult, and NIV, RSV, AV, and RV all differ considerably from each other.
  5. 15:12. A reference to the Chaldeans.There is no hope of breaking their power.

6.15:19. The tone is severe. Jeremiah must return to a more undivided allegiance. For ‘stand before’ (RSV), cf. verse 1 and Note 3 above, and 18:20.

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