Literature / Book of Jeremiah

"Before you were formed I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart"

This page focuses on the second two books after Isaiah in the five books of the Major Prophets - Jeremiah and Lamentations:

Jeremiah - God appoints Jeremiah to warn the people of the fall of Jerusalem if they don't turn away from sin. Unfortunately, things went downhill after their disbelief.

Lamentations - Jeremiah writes a song of mourning and sorrow over the destruction of Jerusalem.

Baruch - A Deutercanonical Spin-Off attributed to Jeremiah's secretary.


  • The Cassandra: Jeremiah. Unfortunately, things went downhill as God destroys Jerusalem.
  • Celibate Hero: God asked Jeremiah not to marry nor have children.
  • The Chosen One: Jeremiah was chosen by God who already knew him before the day he was born.
  • God of Evil: Many passages involve God promising to bring "evil" upon the nation as a form of judgment for their sins.
  • God of Good: As Jeremiah 31 puts it, God may be angry with His people's sins, but He doesn't take any pleasure in punishing them since He still loves them.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Jeremiah in "Lamentations".
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Lamentations has accounts of women eating their children after the fall of Jerusalem.
  • Just a Kid: Jeremiah, at the time he was called to be a prophet. God thought otherwise, however.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Advised submission to the Babylonians. For this, he was considered The Quisling.
  • Mad Oracle
  • Out, Damned Spot!: Versed as God's condemnation of Israel's behavior, in Jeremiah 2:22:
    "For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me."
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: God implies this in Jeremiah 49:12 (New Living Translation):
    "And this is what the LORD says: 'If the innocent must suffer, how much more must you! You will not go unpunished! You must drink this cup of judgment!'"
  • Punished for Sympathy: As found in Jeremiah 48:10, God will not take kindly if the Chaldeans don't carry out His vengeance on the land of Moab. ("...cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.")
  • Unaccustomed as I Am to Public Speaking...: Jeremiah, at first.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Some scriptures such as Jeremiah 8:21 shows us that God does not take any pleasure in punishing sinners:
    "For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me."
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Jeremiah fled to Egypt and probably died there.