Jeremiah 37 & 38

Although Egypt had been decisively defeated by the armies of Babylon at Carchemish twenty years before (46:2), now a new king had arisen in Egypt who sought to oppose Nebuchadnezzar’s southward advance. He sent an army, while Nebuchadnezzar was besieging Jerusalem, whose approach forced the Chaldeans to raise the siege. This excited great hopes, but Jeremiah was the Chaldeans, he said, would come back and burn the city with fire.

  1. How do these two arrests of Jeremiah illustrate 1:18, 19?
    His arrest seems to have contributed to his safety (37:21).
    Should we expect to find God’s goodness in our hardest experiences?
    Cf. Ps. 23:4; Acts 27:21-25.
  2. Which do you think were harder to bear – the physical sufferings or the reproaches hurled at him?
    Why did he not keep silent and so escape censure?
    See 20:7-11; Acts 4:18-20; 5:29.
  3. What can we learn from the character of Zedekiah as revealed in these chapters?
    Cf. Prov. 29:25a; Jas. 1:8.


37:12. ‘To take over some property among his people’ (Moffatt).