Jeremiah
Chapter 45

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1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch;

3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.

4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.

5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

Commentary for Jeremiah 45

An encouragement sent to Baruch.

- Baruch was employed in writing Jeremiah's prophecies, and reading them, see ch. #Jer 36|, and was threatened for it by the king. Young beginners in religion are apt to be discouraged with little difficulties, which they commonly meet with at first in the service of God. These complaints and fears came from his corruptions. Baruch had raised his expectations too high in this world, and that made the distress and trouble he was in harder to be borne. The frowns of the world would not disquiet us, if we did not foolishly flatter ourselves with the hopes of its smiles, and court and covet them. What a folly is it then to seek great things for ourselves here, where every thing is little, and nothing certain! The Lord knows the real cause of our fretfulness and despondency better than we do, and we should beg of him to examine our hearts, and to repress every wrong desire in us.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 45

  • A disciple
    "The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land; and seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest." The LORD wants us to be without care for the times.
  • A disciple
    "Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest." It is natural to desire the necessary comforts of life; good health, safety, peace, quiet and happiness in one's family and at work, etc. But instead we are seeing ourselves more and more closed in on every side with threats and danger, crime and lawlessness, and no judgment.
  • Sola
    thanks so much for the opportunity to comment on the subject in question.
    Children of the world have their free will to enjoy in this life but eventually end up in mess. whereas God's children go through tough times. that's where Baruch found himself. so God showed him how better the end will be in order to endure for eternity.
  • Andrew
    Again, as always in scripture, blessing to the obedience, but curse to the disobedient proud and wicked.

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Who was Baruch's father?
  • Neriah
  • Jeremiah
  • Benjamin
  • Ishmael