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2019 January 30
Jeremiah 3

The Bocca della Verita (1525-1527)
Lucas Cranach the Elder ( c. 1472 - 1553)
German Renaissance Style
Private Collection
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     [ Illustration: Today's painting is of a woman who is trying to lie about her adultery. It symbolizes Israel's spiritual adultery which is discussed throughout today's chapter. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Jeremiah 3, the emphasis shifts from Israel as the LORD's bride in chapter 2 to Israel as a harlot. The LORD tells Israel to return to him even though she has been polluted with harlotry; she has lost the LORD's blessing; but the LORD tells her to cry out to him because he will not be angry forever (1-5).
      Jeremiah then speaks and tells how the LORD showed him the idolatry of the Northern Kingdom and her unrepentance (6).
      But when Judah (the Southern Kingdom) saw all of this and the negative consequences (symbolized as a "bill of divorce"), they did not repent but defiled the land with idolatry and only pretended to repent (7-10).
     So the LORD sent Jeremiah to Israel which was in exile in the north and told them to repent; and he would remarry those few who repented and return them to Zion; then they would have pastors according to the LORD's own heart; they would be multiplied; and they would no longer have any use for the ark of the covenant of the LORD; rather, Jerusalem would be considered the LORD's throne; the nations would gather to it and repent of their evil imaginations; and Judah and Israel would once again be one (11-18).
     But the LORD raises the question of how he could do these things for a treacherous, whorish nation (19-20).
     But the LORD hears them weeping and praying on the high places to idols, so he calls them to repentance; and they come to their senses and realize that salvation will not come from their idols in the hills, but only from the LORD God; so they acknowledge the shame, the confusion, the sin, and the disobedience both of themselves and of their fathers (21-25).

     [ Sermons: D A Carson. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Jeremiah 3: Jeremiah 1. Jeremiah 2. Jeremiah 3. Jeremiah 4. Jeremiah 5. Jeremiah 6. ]
[1] Deuteronomy 24:4; 2 Kings 22:10-11; Hosea 2:16; Hosea 2:19; Hosea 3; Jeremiah 3:7; Jeremiah 3:12; Jeremiah 3:14.
[2] Genesis 38:14; Proverbs 7:12; Ezekiel 16:31.
[3] Jeremiah 9:12; Jeremiah 25:1-6; Amos 4:7; Haggai 1:11; Joel 1:18-20; 2 Chronicles 34:14; 2 Kings 22:8.
[4] Proverbs 2:17.
[5] Nahum 1:2; Psalm 103:9; Jeremiah 3:4-5; Jeremiah 2:1-13.
[6] Jeremiah 2:19.
[7] 2 Kings 17:13-14.
[8] Hosea 2:1-13.
[9] 1 Kings 16:31; Genesis 18:20; Jeremiah 2:27.
[10] 2 Chronicles 34:33; Psalm 78:36-37.
[11] Matthew 21:31.
[12] 2 Kings 17:6; 2 Kings 17:23.
[13] Jeremiah 2:20.
[14] Isaiah 1:9; Genesis 18:32; Hosea 1 - 3.
[15] Jeremiah 2:8; Jeremiah 23:1-5; 1 Samuel 13:14; Isaiah 11:1-4.
[16] Jeremiah 31:31; 2 Kings 18:4; 2 Chronicles 35:3; 2 Chronicles 33:7; Hebrews 8:13.
[17] Psalm 11:4; Psalm 103:19; 1 Samuel 4:4; 2 Kings 19:15; Micah 4:1-2; Isaiah 2:1-3.
[18] Isaiah 11:13.
[19] Jeremiah 5:7.
[20] Hosea 3:1.
[21] Jeremiah 30:15-17.
[22] Hosea 6:1.
[23] Amos 5:23.
[24] Judges 6:32; 2 Samuel 11:21; 2 Samuel 4:4; 1 Chronicles 8:34; Jeremiah 11:13.
[25] Ezra 9:6-15; Daniel 9:10.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. JEREMIAH: Jeremiah Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Jeremiah Detailed Outline

Jeremiah 3

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1. Prophecies for Judah + Jerusalem's Fall & the Aftermath

(1:1 - 45:5 ) - 627 - 560 B.C., Israel

B. Prophecies and Events in Judah and Jerusalem (2-45)

1). Until the Fall of Jerusalem (2-39)

a). The LORD's First Word: He Denounces Spiritual Whoredom (Continued) (2:1 - 3:5)

1 They say,
If a man put away [this] his wife,
and she go from him,
and become another man's,
shall he return unto her again?
shall not that land be greatly polluted [being polluted it shall be polluted]?
but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers;
yet return again to me,
saith the LORD.
2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places,
and see where thou hast not been lien with.
In the ways hast thou sat for them,
as the Arabian in the wilderness;
and thou hast polluted the land
with thy whoredoms
and with thy wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withholden,
and there hath been no latter rain;
and thou hadst a whore's [a woman prostitute's] forehead,
thou refusedst to be ashamed.
4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me,
My father,
thou art the guide of my youth?
5 Will he reserve his anger for ever?
will he keep it to the end?
thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest

b). The LORD's Second Word: Repent Before the Coming Judgment (3:6 - 6:30)

     6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. 7 And I said after she had done [this] all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her [this] a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. 9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled [this] the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
     11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim [this] these words toward the north, and say,

thou backsliding Israel,
saith the LORD;
and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you:
for I am merciful,
saith the LORD,
and I will not keep anger for ever.
13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity,
that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God,
and hast scattered [this] thy ways to the strangers under every green tree,
and ye have not obeyed my voice,
saith the LORD.
14 Turn,
O backsliding children,
saith the LORD;
for I am married unto you:
and I will take you
one of a city,
and two of a family,
and I will bring you to Zion:

     15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. 18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto [this] your fathers.

19 But I said,
How shall I put thee among the children,
and give thee a pleasant land,
a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations?
and I said,
Thou shalt call me,
My father;
and shalt not turn away from me.
20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband,
so have ye dealt treacherously with me,
O house of Israel,
saith the LORD.

21 A voice was heard upon the high places,
weeping and supplications of the children of Israel:
for they have perverted [this] their way,
and they have forgotten [this] the LORD their God.
22 Return,
ye backsliding children,
and I will heal your backslidings.
we come unto thee;
for thou art the LORD our God.
23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills,
and from the multitude of mountains:
truly in the LORD our God
is the salvation of Israel.

     24 For shame hath devoured [this] the labour of our fathers from our youth; [this] their flocks and their herds, [this] their sons and their daughters. 25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion coverth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.

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