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jeremiah


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Jeremiah 
  n  1:  an  Israelite  prophet  in  the  Old  Testament  who  is  remembered 
  for  his  angry  lamentations  (jeremiads)  about  the 
  wickedness  of  his  people  [syn:  {Jeremiah}] 
  2:  a  book  in  the  Old  Testament  containing  the  oracles  of  the 
  prophet  Jeremiah  [syn:  {Jeremiah}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Jeremiah,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  41826 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Jeremiah 
  raised  up  or  appointed  by  Jehovah.  (1.)  A  Gadite  who  joined 
  David  in  the  wilderness  (1  Chr.  12:10). 
 
  (2.)  A  Gadite  warrior  (1  Chr.  12:13). 
 
  (3.)  A  Benjamite  slinger  who  joined  David  at  Ziklag  (1  Chr. 
  12:4). 
 
  (4.)  One  of  the  chiefs  of  the  tribe  of  Manasseh  on  the  east  of 
  Jordan  (1  Chr.  5:24). 
 
  (5.)  The  father  of  Hamutal  (2  Kings  23:31),  the  wife  of 
  Josiah. 
 
  (6.)  One  of  the  "greater  prophets"  of  the  Old  Testament,  son 
  of  Hilkiah  (q.v.),  a  priest  of  Anathoth  (Jer.  1:1;  32:6).  He  was 
  called  to  the  prophetical  office  when  still  young  (1:6),  in  the 
  thirteenth  year  of  Josiah  (B.C.  628).  He  left  his  native  place 
  and  went  to  reside  in  Jerusalem,  where  he  greatly  assisted 
  Josiah  in  his  work  of  reformation  (2  Kings  23:1-25).  The  death 
  of  this  pious  king  was  bewailed  by  the  prophet  as  a  national 
  calamity  (2  Chr.  35:25). 
 
  During  the  three  years  of  the  reign  of  Jehoahaz  we  find  no 
  reference  to  Jeremiah,  but  in  the  beginning  of  the  reign  of 
  Jehoiakim  the  enmity  of  the  people  against  him  broke  out  in 
  bitter  persecution,  and  he  was  placed  apparently  under  restraint 
  (Jer.  36:5).  In  the  fourth  year  of  Jehoiakim  he  was  commanded  to 
  write  the  predictions  given  to  him  and  to  read  them  to  the 
  people  on  the  fast-day.  This  was  done  by  Baruch  his  servant  in 
  his  stead,  and  produced  much  public  excitement.  The  roll  was 
  read  to  the  king.  In  his  recklessness  he  seized  the  roll,  and 
  cut  it  to  pieces,  and  cast  it  into  the  fire,  and  ordered  both 
  Baruch  and  Jeremiah  to  be  apprehended.  Jeremiah  procured  another 
  roll,  and  wrote  in  it  the  words  of  the  roll  the  king  had 
  destroyed,  and  "many  like  words"  besides  (Jer.  36:32). 
 
  He  remained  in  Jerusalem,  uttering  from  time  to  time  his  words 
  of  warning,  but  without  effect.  He  was  there  when  Nebuchadnezzar 
  besieged  the  city  (Jer.  37:4,  5),  B.C.  589.  The  rumour  of  the 
  approach  of  the  Egyptians  to  aid  the  Jews  in  this  crisis  induced 
  the  Chaldeans  to  withdraw  and  return  to  their  own  land.  This 
  however,  was  only  for  a  time.  The  prophet,  in  answer  to  his 
  prayer,  received  a  message  from  God  announcing  that  the 
  Chaldeans  would  come  again  and  take  the  city,  and  burn  it  with 
  fire  (37:7,  8).  The  princes,  in  their  anger  at  such  a  message  by 
  Jeremiah,  cast  him  into  prison  (37:15-38:13).  He  was  still  in 
  confinement  when  the  city  was  taken  (B.C.  588).  The  Chaldeans 
  released  him  and  showed  him  great  kindness,  allowing  him  to 
  choose  the  place  of  his  residence.  He  accordingly  went  to  Mizpah 
  with  Gedaliah,  who  had  been  made  governor  of  Judea.  Johanan 
  succeeded  Gedaliah,  and  refusing  to  listen  to  Jeremiah's 
  counsels,  went  down  into  Egypt,  taking  Jeremiah  and  Baruch  with 
  him  (Jer.  43:6).  There  probably  the  prophet  spent  the  remainder 
  of  his  life,  in  vain  seeking  still  to  turn  the  people  to  the 
  Lord,  from  whom  they  had  so  long  revolted  (44).  He  lived  till 
  the  reign  of  Evil-Merodach,  son  of  Nebuchadnezzar,  and  must  have 
  been  about  ninety  years  of  age  at  his  death.  We  have  no 
  authentic  record  of  his  death.  He  may  have  died  at  Tahpanhes 
  or  according  to  a  tradition,  may  have  gone  to  Babylon  with  the 
  army  of  Nebuchadnezzar;  but  of  this  there  is  nothing  certain. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Jeremiah,  exaltation  of  the  Lord 
 




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