I received the following question:

I don’t get the order of Jeremiah? It’s cut up because of Jehoiakim but in what way?

Jeremiah prophesied during the reigns of Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah. Jehoahaz and Jehoiachin do not get mentioned at the beginning of the book, however, so it appears that his prophecies were largely during the reigns of the other three. The perspective often seems to switch from the earlier period of his prophesying, during the reigns of Josiah and Jehoiakim, to the later period, during the reign of Zedekiah. In this way, the grim prophecies made during the earlier period are connected with the time when their fulfillment was rapidly coming to pass in the later period. Also the harsh judgments of the later period are connected back to the earlier unfaithfulness that led to them. In this way the book switches back and forth until finally it relates the story of the destruction of the city, and continues on from there to complete the story of Judah and its destruction.

Then, at the end of the book are collected all the prophecies Jeremiah made throughout his lifetime regarding other nations surrounding Judah. These seem to be grouped according to the nation being spoken of, and not in any way by the order in which they were given or the time at which they were set forth. Finally, the destruction of Jerusalem is reviewed at the end of the book, leading up to the reign of the first Babylonian king after Nebuchadnezzar, Evil-Merodach.

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