Book of Jeremiah Synopsis: Statistics And Summary of Main Topics.

Book of Jeremiah Chapter by Chapter Summary.




DATE WRITTEN: 627 – 585 BC

AUTHOR: Jeremiah


God of Weeping. Judgment: God’s ultimate control over the chaotic world. The Fall Of Judah: Prophecies announcing the captivity of Judah, its sufferings, and the final overthrow of its enemies.  


God, Jeremiah, Baruch the Scribe, King Josiah, and King Jehoiakin.


1:5: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 29:10-11, “This is what the LORD says: ‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
52:12-13: On the tenth day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He set fire to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.

25:29:  I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the Lord Almighty.’

25:31: The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the Lord will bring charges against the nations; He will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword.

23:5-6: The days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will raise up to David (or, up from David’s line) a Righteous Branch…’ …’This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness .

33:15;17: In those days and at that time I will make a Righteous Branch sprout from David’s line…The Lord Our Righteousness’…’David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.


Jeremiah is the second of the 17 books of the Prophets. Jeremiah was a prophet during the fall of Assyria and rise of Babylon, which places his preaching in the several years surrounding 600 B.C. He was sent as a prophet to the last surviving tribe of Israel, Judah, in a time of political and spiritual decay. He was born during an age of blessing and restoration as King Josiah reinstituted God’s law in the land and freed them from the oppression of Assyria. After the death of King Josiah, the last righteous king, later Kings did sin and turned away from God. God revealed Jeremiah his dislike of the worship of Baal, Ishtar and other idols. Jeremiah described the one God of Jacob as the Maker or Creator whose name is The Lord Almighty. Jeremiah compares Judah to a prostitute chapter 2:20, 3:1-3. Jeremiah came to warn God’s people of the danger of placing trust in anything other than Him and simultaneously to comfort them that God will not abandon them no matter how far they have strayed. He warns people of the mighty force of Babylon that would come and destroy their city of Jerusalem. He asks the Israelites to submit to the Babylonian authority as the implementation of God’s judgment. They do not take care of his warnings and are carried away to Babylon. However, he also predicts that the captives will return after seventy years to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.


Chapter#1: The Prophet’s Call. Jeremiah appointed as a prophet. The vision of the almond tree. The vision of the cooking pot. Jeremiah fortified for his commission
Chapter#2: Israel’s Apostasy. Israel abandons Jehovah for other gods. Israel like a foreign vine. Her skirts stained with blood
Chapter#3: Judah Worse Than Israel. The depth of Israel’s apostasy. Israel and Judah guilty of adultery. A call to repentance
Chapter#4: Approaching Desolation of Judah. Repentance brings blessings. Disaster to come from the north. Jeremiah’s pain over the coming disaster
Chapter#5: Universal Depravity of Judah. The people refuse Jehovah’s discipline. Destruction but not complete extermination. Jehovah calls the people to account
Chapter#6: Destruction From the North. Siege of Jerusalem near. Jehovah’s rage on Jerusalem. Saying “Peace!” when there is no peace. Cruel invasion from the north. Jeremiah to serve as a metal tester
Chapter#7: Repentance Their Only Hope. False trust in Jehovah’s temple. The temple to become like Shiloh. Formal worship condemned. “Queen of Heaven” worshipped. Child sacrifice in Hinnom
Chapter#8: The Harvest is Passed. The people choose the popular course. What wisdom without Jehovah’s word? Jeremiah laments Judah’s breakdown. “Is there no balsam in Gilead?” (22)
Chapter#9: Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet. Jeremiah’s deep sadness. Jehovah calls Judah to account. Lamentation over Judah. Boast about knowing Jehovah
Chapter#10: Jehovah, the True God. The gods of the nations vs. the living God. Impending destruction and exile. Jeremiah grieves. The prophet’s prayer. Man cannot direct his own step
Chapter#11: The Broken Covenant. Jeremiah’s Death. Plotted Judah breaks covenant with God. As many gods as cities. Jeremiah equated to a lamb to be slaughtered. Opposition from the men of Jeremiah’s hometown.
Chapter#12: Jeremiah’s complaint. Jehovah’s answer
Chapter#13: The Ruined Waistband. The ruined linen belt. Wine jars to be smashed. Irreformable Judah to be exiled. “Can a Cushite change his skin?”
Chapter#14: Drought and Jeremiah’s Intercession. Drought, famine, and sword. False prophets condemned. Jeremiah acknowledges the people’s sins.
Chapter#15: Jehovah will not change his judgment. Jeremiah’s complaint. Jehovah’s answer. Jeremiah’s prayer. Delight in eating God’s words. Jeremiah fortified by Jehovah
Chapter#16: Jeremiah Forbidden to Marry. Jeremiah not to marry, mourn, or feast. Punishment, then restoration
Chapter#17: Sabbath Profaned, Judgment Inevitable. Judah’s sin ingrained. Blessings of trusting in Jehovah. The treacherous heart. Jehovah, the hope of Israel. Jeremiah’s prayer. Keeping the Sabbath sacred.
Chapter# 18 The Potter And The Clay. Jeremiah’s Imprecatory Prayer. Deluded Israel
Chapter# 19 The Earthen Bottle Broken. The Valley Of The Slaughter
Chapter# 20 Jeremiah Imprisoned, Discouraged. A Message For Pashhur. Jeremiah’s Lament. Jeremiah’s Sixth Complaint
Chapter# 21 The Siege Begins. A Message For Zedekiah. The Way Of Life And The Way Of Death. A Series Of Messages For The House Of The King Of Judah. Judgment On The Royal House Of Judah
Chapter# 22 Warning to King Jehoiakim. Judgment Against Sinful Kings. A Message Concerning Shallum. A Message Concerning Jehoiakim. A Message Concerning Coniah
Message To The Sons Of Josiah. Jeremiah’s Message About The Fate Of Jerusalem
Chapter# 23 False Prophets. Woe To The Evil Shepherds. The Righteous Branch The Unfaithful Prophets. The Burden Of The Lord
Chapter# 24 Two Baskets Of Figs
Chapter# 25 70 Years of Captivity Predicted. Seventy Years Of Servitude. The Cup Of Wrath. The Cup Of God’s Wrath. Judgment On The Whole World
Chapter# 26 Jeremiah’s Trial Before the Princes. Jeremiah Escapes Death. Jeremiah Seized. Jeremiah’s Defense. Jeremiah Released. The Prophet Uriah
Chapter# 27 Oxen Yoke on Jeremiah’s Neck. Jeremiah Uses Fetters And Yokes To Illustrate His Message Of Submission. The Vessels Of The TempleWarning To Zedekiah
Chapter# 28 Hananiah, The False Prophet. Jeremiah’s Response To Hananiah. Hananiah Breaks Jeremiah’s Yoke. The Lord’s Word Against Hananiah
Chapter# 29: Jeremiah wrote a letter to exiles In Babylon. Shemaiah’s Letter To Zephaniah The Priest. Jeremiah’s Response To Shemaiah’s Letter. The Letter Of Shemaiah
Chapter# 30: The Great Tribulation. Israel and Judah will Be Liberated From Their Misery. Healing Zion’s Wounds. Restoration Of The Land. The Wrath Of God
Chapter# 31 The New Covenant. God’s Relationship With His People. God’s People Brought Home. Lament Turned To Joy. Repentance And Restoration. The Future Prosperity Of God’s People. The New Promise. The Lord Will Never Leave Israel
Chapter# 32 Nature of the New Covenant. Jeremiah Buys A Field. Jeremiah Prays For Understanding. They Shall Be My People. I Will Be Their God
Chapter# 33 The Fortunes Of Judah And Israel Will Be Restored. God’s Covenant With David
Chapter# 34 Zedekiah’s Proclamation of Liberty. A Message For Zedekiah. Zedekiah’s Covenant Concerning Slaves
Chapter# 35 The Obedience of the Rechabites. The Faithfulness Of The Rechabites
Chapter# 36 The King Throws Jeremiah’s Book into the Fire. Jehoiakim Burns The Scroll Of Jeremiah’s Prophecies. Baruch Reads The Scroll. Jehoiakim Burns The Scroll. Jeremiah Dictates Another Scroll. The Scroll Is Read To The Officials. The King Burns The Scroll
Chapter# 37 Jeremiah’s Imprisonment. The Babylonians reverse to meet a threat from Egypt. Jeremiah Is Caught And Put In Prison. Jeremiah Summoned By Zedekiah
Chapter# 38 Jeremiah Is Thrown Into The Pit Of Malchiah. Zedekiah’s Final Meeting With Jeremiah. Jeremiah Rescued From The Cistern. Jeremiah And Zedekiah Make An Agreement
Chapter# 39 The Fall Of Jerusalem. Ebed-Melech Is Rewarded For His Faith. Jeremiah Freed By Nebuchadnezzar
Chapter# 40 Jeremiah Decides To Remain In The Land. The Assassination Of Gedaliah
Chapter# 41 The Massacre Of The Mourners. Gedaliah Assassinated By Ishmael. The Captives Rescued By Johanan. Flight To Egypt
Chapter# 42 The Remnant Asks Jeremiah To Pray To Yahweh For Direction. The Remnant Rejects The Word Of Yahweh
Chapter# 43 The Throne Of Nebuchadnezzar Will Be Set Up At Tahpanhes. Jeremiah’s Counsel Rejected
Chapter# 44 A Message Of Rebuke For The Rebellious Remnant. The People’s Stubborn Response
Chapter# 45: When Baruch wrote these words, the LORD said to him: I am going to break what I have built. Do not seek great things for yourself.
Chapter# 46: Of Egypt: There is no healing for you. Prepare yourselves for exile. I will deliver Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar. But fear not, O Jacob!
Chapter# 47: A Message Concerning The Philistines: How can the sword of the Lord be quiet?
Chapter# 48: Of Moab: Woe to Nebo, for it is laid waste. We have heard of his arrogance. How it is broken! Moab has become a derision to all.
Chapter# 49: The Lord says: Rabbah will become abandoned. I will make Edom small. Damascus has become weak. Flee, O Hazor. I will shatter Elam.
Chapter# 50: Prediction of the Fall of Babylon: A nation will make her desolate. Judah will seek the LORD. Repay Babylon for all her deeds. A sword against her warriors!
Chapter# 51: God says: I will send a destroyer against Babylon and repay them for the evil done in Zion. Read these words in Babylon.
Chapter# 52: Nebuzaradan burned the temple besieged Jerusalem. And took the people into exile. Evil-Merodach released Jehoiachin.