Analysis Of Jeremiah 29 : 1-14

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One of the most quoted pieces of scripture is found within Jeremiah 29:1-14. The popularity of this verse has led it to be well known outside of its historical and literary context. It is prudent for those who want to apply the truths of scripture to their lives to know not only what the truth means to the present audience but also what it would mean to the biblical audience. Fortunately for the current reader, the opening of the chapter provides clear historical context for the reader before delving into the prophetic words from God. Historical Context Before deciphering the specifics of the chapter, one must familiarize themselves with the book. There is more known about the prophet Jeremiah than most of the prophets. Jeremiah is the son of Hilkiah, a priest from the Benjamin tribe (Jer 1:1). Coming from priestly lineage meant that he was well aware of the laws and rituals that belonged to the Israelite faith. Jeremiah began his ministry during the thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign and lasted through the reign of Zedekiah at the fall of Jerusalem, meaning that he served the Lord for approximately forty years (Jer. 1:2). “These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.” This opening of the chapter provides the reader with a plethora of information. Firstly, one can know that
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