Overview of Jeremiah: Introduction



The Hebrew word Yirmeyahu or Yirmeyah literally means “Yahweh Throws,” in the sense of laying the foundation. This could also mean other terms such as “establishes heart breaking”, “appoints”, or “sends.” The title of this book is after the author of it, and the book itself gives a prophecy and a message to the Lord’s people.[1]


The theme of the book of Jeremiah is God’s gracious promise of hope and restoration for his covenant-keeping people.


The purpose of the book of Jeremiah is to proclaim that God’s wrath awaits his people if they do not repent.

Key verses

Jeremiah 7:23-24 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.

Jeremiah 8:11-12 They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. 12 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the LORD.

Key Chapter

Jeremiah 31

Key Phrase

Judah’s Last hour

Key truths

God demands true repentance

God itemizes their sins

God explains true contentment with His Word

God will judge the disobedient[2]

[1] MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Handbook. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003), p. 193; Wilkinson, Bruce, Kenneth Boa. Talk Thur the Bible. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983), p. 198.

[2] Balchin, John. Opening God’s Word: The Compact Survey of the Bible. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1985.


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