The people did not respond, and the nation was destroyed, along with all the false hopes. Jeremiah says that only YHWH is baal of Israel. He still brings it all to God in prayer.

Jeremiah did his thankless task and was hated for it, but he kept a faithful heart toward God and a spirit of good will toward his neighbors. He would escape with his life, but little else. “You deceived me,” Jeremiah said to God in that same chapter, “I am ridiculed all day long and everyone mocks me … the word of the Lord brings me nothing but insults and reproach all day long.”  Notice, however, he is still speaking to God. No, everyone hated him, and no one agreed with him. Torah means "instruction" or "teaching" rather more than it means "law," the usual translation. Clearly, the oracle is trying to be inclusive, speaking of every Israelite who calls on the name of YHWH, their God. I know, Lord God, that the road on which I am walking does not belong to me, and that I cannot be my own guide. God does not seem to mind such anger directed at Him, just so long as the person keeps talking to Him.

Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure— Site Map | His anger was the anger of God at the way they were destroying themselves, but he did not hate them. Jeremiah has been referred to as the “weeping prophet.” The message of warning and woe God gave him is heartbreaking, but it also contains a message of hope. Jeremiah had also predicted this in the same chapter 31, where he said: Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with my people. He has spent the bulk of his prophetic career announcing the former four demands, but now can turn to the latter two. But despite all outward appearances, Jeremiah had a deep love for his homeland and its people. Next Story:The People of Judah Live in a Strange Land, Previous Story:King Josiah and the Story of a Forgotten Book. He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.”  Jeremiah continues to trust in God, saying in verse eleven, “The Lord is with me like a mighty warrior.”. “Sing to the Lord,” says the last verse, “give praise to the Lord. The very language of this promised "new covenant" lent its name to what we call the New Testament.
Furthermore, he found no human comfort.
And all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.

It is no wonder he has become known as ‘the weeping prophet.”. I get weary of holding it in, indeed, I cannot.”, “Sing to the Lord,” says the last verse, “give praise to the Lord. It was everyone against Jeremiah on every issue. But before we address some of the wonders of that section, let us look first at the small passage that precedes it, verses 27-30. This covenant will not be a simple reiteration of the old covenant, based upon the act of liberation from Egypt (v. 32), because they have broken that one. God certainly kept talking to Jeremiah. His example is needed today.

Jeremiah pronounces the coming Judgment of God throughout this book, earning him the name of ‘the weeping prophet’ amongst many scholars. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Since that old covenant has now been broken and abrogated, a new one is needed.

— Paraphrase of Jeremiah 10: 23-24. And the men who put him into the prison tied ropes about his waist and lowered him into a deep hole beneath the prison floor. NIV translation printed below: Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; There, the weeping prophet grieves over Jerusalem, lamenting the destruction that his words could not prevent. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! I will write my law on their hearts and I will be their God and they will be my people. (Yes, there is indeed a prophetic sister, Huldah, who is consulted by the king, and who affirms the authenticity of a scroll found in the temple of Jerusalem, 2 Kings 22:14.)