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God will destroy Babylon and protect his own people, he seems to be punishing Babylon for what he made them do, invading all the other countries, and because they ransacked his temple when they did the invading he wanted them to do.

Oh wow, finally the end of Jeremiah, but first a reminder of a previous chapter that details the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon.
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Esau's descendents will now be punished, because God decided it was time, I guess God needed a change from punishing Jacob's descendents, though maybe destroying every other nearby nation should have been enough.

Apparently when Babylon is destroyed noone will ever be able to live on the land, for all time. But apparently what was Babylon is now part of Iraq.
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God predicts destruction for Egypt and some other nations he doesn't like.
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The people left in Judah ask Jeremiah to find out what God thinks they should do, apparently he recommends staying in Judah because they'll all die if they go the Egypt. But a lot of people don't believe that he's speaking for God and go to Egypt anyway.

The people who don't believe that Jeremiah is telling the truth have very good reasons for continuing to sacrifice to their goddess, the Queen of Heaven, they were well off when they did and since they stopped their offerings they've started dying. Pretty compelling evidence that this goddess was actually real. Of course, Jeremiah says its because God decided to punish them for sacrificing to other gods (after they'd stopped?) - I'm pretty convinced by the Queen of Heaven to be honest.
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Jeremiah is imprisoned for his demoralising prophecies, as he says that anyone who stays in Jerusalem to fight the Babylonians will die and anyone who surrenders will live. This is understandably upsetting to the soldiers who are doing their best to defend their city.

The Babylonians don't do capturing a city half heartedly, after about 18 months of siege they finally break through and capture the king and all the officials who are all put to death before they burnt down the palace, temple and people's homes and took everyone who was left captive.

The King of Babylon frees Jeremiah and he is given food and a present. I guess he likes a man who prophesied that he'd be victorious in a big siege and who says he's on a mission from God, probably makes him feel special.

Ishmael tries to get revenge for the death of the royal family by murdering the man put in place to rule the land and also a bunch of other people who happened to be there at the time and some other people who came to mourn at the temple (except for a few who promise him food in exchange for their lives). He then takes everyone else captive and marches them off. The captives are then rescued but Ishmael gets away.
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God teaches Jeremiah a lesson about keeping to the rules handed down with an example of a group of people who were told they'd be better off if they drunk no wine and didn't own fields or crops and lived in tents. It's not clear what they achieved by sticking to their ancestor's ruling, but God says this is a good lesson. Actually it sounds like he's jealous that some mere human told his family not to do these things and they still keep to that order but whatever God does he can't convince his people to follow anything he tells them.

Jeremiah gets a scribe to take dictation and then read the scroll to various people, some tell him and Jeremiah to hide before the King hears what the scroll says. The King burns the scroll when it is read to him and demands to see Jeremiah and his scribe friend but they are too well hidden and writing another identical scroll that also includes lots of insults to the king for burning the first scroll.
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Jeremiah proves he is a true prophet by saying that the king's cousin will come and offer his field to him because he is entitled to buy it. Which the cousin then does, but if the king is the one who is entitled to the field then it was bound to happen? Because the fact that the Babylonians were besieging the city wasn't enough proof.

There is nothing too difficult for God (insert question about whether God can make a rock too heavy for him to lift)

God has made a covenant that the day and night will come at their proper times, wouldn't want the sun to go on strike and refuse to rise would we.

God promises to make the people of Israel as numerous as the stars, I guess they broke the covenant a lot then...

OK, Jeremiah's prophecies are not so great, he tells King Zedekiah that God says he'll die a peaceful death, the footnote tells me that he is captured by Babylonians, has his eyes cut out and the dies in prison, yeah sounds peaceful to me.

Oh well, Zedekiah gets in trouble for not getting everyone to release their slaves, guess that's why he doesn't get the peaceful death in the end.
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God says, take dictation Jeremiah.

Soon the people will be able to prosper again and anyone who tries to oppress them will be punished, once they're done with being oppressed by the people God allows to do such things.

The people of Israel are the children that God takes delight in, he's fond of them and has pity for them even though he has to punish them occasionally. Which is like a parent of course, but if God made the whole planet and all the people, why are the people of Israel the only ones he sees as his children?

People will die for their own sins under the new covenant that God will make. Comforting, I guess?

Jerusalem will be bigger and better than before and will never be torn down or destroyed again. What's the definition of destroyed, exactly?
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Jeremiah is put on trial because everyone thinks he is a false prophet, they are rather easily convinced that he's really talking to God when he repeats what he'd already been saying with more emphasis on the 'God told me to say it' and because a previous prophet who was killed also prophesied Jerusalem becoming an uninhabitable wasteland because of the sins of the people.

God wants all nations to submit to rule under the king of Babylon, until Babylon is destroyed by other enemies. Not sure what anyone is achieving through this temporary submission, but God will destroy anyone who refuses, so the benefit is to avoid getting destroyed. Nice motivation there.

A prophet who predicts that the servitude will only last two years is killed by God for lying. Jeremiah says that if you predict good things then it has to come true, because I guess if you predict bad things you can say that it was averted because God relented.

God tells Jeremiah to write a letter to the exiled people in Babylon, which begs the question that should have occurred to me earlier in this book, why is God only talking to Jeremiah when Jeremiah is alone? And telling him to go out and spread God's message. Why doesn't he tell everyone himself? This is part of why I am so sceptical about the truth of these prophesies, but mainly because they could easily have been written after the fact or the events that were predicted were only recorded in the pages of the bible.
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More claiming that other prophets are false, that their visions are just disturbances of their minds and they are using them to lead the people away from God.

The clay pot metaphor was not enough, now the good people of Israel are good figs and the bad ones are bad figs, funnily enough.
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Jeremiah likes the clay metaphors, God sees the people of Israel as clay he can mould to his purposes, and a broken clay pot represents what they will be after he's punished them.

Funny that even in Jeremiah's time people who go around saying that the end is nigh were ridiculed, Jeremiah is whining about being a laughingstock although surely he should be more upset by being locked up and tortured by a priest. He does decide that he wishes he'd never been born because his life has totally sucked.

Typical no-win ultimatum from God, stay in Jerusalem and die or leave and surrender to Babylon and live as a slave.
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So, because Israel turned away from God there is now a severe drought that is also making life tough for the wild animals. That's what you call an appropriate punishment.

God tells Jeremiah that the other prophets he's seen and heard are false and is going to kill them for claiming they speak for God, the voice in your head would be quite likely to claim it is real and that the voices in everyone else's heads were false.

Being a prophet continues to make Jeremiah unpopular and he moans to God about how lonely and friendless he is, God then threatens to sack him as prophet if he doesn't stop whining. He gets protection from his enemies as part of his prophet gig, and God warns him not to get married or have children because his family would just die in all the punishment God is about to get around to giving out.

Jeremiah is to tell everyone that it's really important for them to observe the Sabbath, it's not clear if that will avert the disaster God is going to bring but everyone should not do any work on that special day anyway.
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I know this means to not believe that the stars and sun influence your life, but I don't think there's any real issue with being in awe of signs that occur in the sky, some of those things are pretty amazing sights.

Israel begs God not to destroy everything for their sins because they don't control their own destinies and can't determine what will happen to them. Well, exactly.

Jeremiah is getting to be another repetitive book, God just keeps threatening that he'll do all this bad stuff because noone worshipped him properly and he's feeling all jealous about it.

AS for Jeremiah himself, some people are getting fed up of all his prophesying and are plotting to kill him, but God says he'll get them for their plotting.

God will punish all the people in the lands around his land and then take pity on them because then they will believe in him and follow him, really?

Oh, and I wanted to share a little something on the subject of souls that makes interesting reading.
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God does his best to remind the people that he had more rules than just the ones about sacrifices and burnt offerings. Apparently they went a bit far with the sacrifices and offered their children too.

God doesn't want to judge and punish his people but they left him no choice with their wickedness, what else could he possibly do?

You shouldn't boast about your wisdom or riches, but go ahead and boast that you understand God's ways and why he acts like he does. How about we don't do any boasting at all, that'd be nice.
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The best reason God can come up with for Israel to follow his demands is because otherwise he'll unleash his wrath on them. This is not a good reason to do what someone says, not a healthy one anyway.
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Jeremiah was specially chosen by God before he was even conceived, but he was told this when he was a boy and was understandably sceptical that he would be expected to do anything for God. God says not to worry because Jeremiah is just going to be doing and saying what God tells him to so he's doesn't need to think for himself.

God is upset that his chosen people went and joined in with the religions that use sex as part of their rituals. I'm not sure quite why this God is always so upset by and obsessed with sex.

God compares himself to a man who lost his wife to another man, and says that he'd never take her back as if nothing happened, so why should he take Israel back after they've gone and tried out other gods for a while.

God has planned what to say when Israel comes back to him, but they don't come back.

The rival religions were popular and were duping many people into following them, I guess God is jealous that he hadn't thought of a good hook to make his religion more popular at the time.

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