Book of Jeremiah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
"There can be little doubt that the book of Jeremiah grew
out of the roll which Baruch wrote down at the prophet's
mouth in the fourth year of Jehoiakim. ch. Jer 36:2
Apparently the prophets kept written records of their
predictions, and collected into larger volumes such of them
as were intended for permanent use." --Canon Cook. In the
present order we have two great divisions:-- I. Chs. 1-45.
Prophecies delivered at various times, directed mainly to
Judah, or connected with Jeremiah's personal history. II.
Chs. 46-51. Prophecies connected with other nations. Looking
more closely into each of these divisions, we have the
1. Chs. 1-21, including prophecies from the
thirteenth year of Josiah to the fourth of Jehoiakim; ch.
21; belongs to the later period.
2. Chs. 22-25. Shorter prophecies, delivered at
different times, against the kings of Judah and the false
prophets. Ch. Jer 25:13,14 evidently marks the conclusion of
a series of prophecies; and that which follows, ch. Jer
25:15-38 the germ of the fuller predictions in chs. 46-49,
has been placed here as a kind of completion to the prophecy
of the seventy years and the subsequent fall of Babylon.
3. Chs. 26-28. The two great prophecies of the fall
of Jerusalem, and the history connected with them.
4. Chs. 29-31. The message of comfort for the exiles
5. Chs. 32-44. The history of the last two years
before the capture of Jerusalem, and of Jeremiah's work int
hem and in the period that followed.
6. Chs. 46-51. The prophecies against foreign
nations, ending with the great prediction against Babylon.
7. The supplementary narrative of ch. 52.
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