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Commentary on Jeremiah

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Chs. 18–20 :

These chapters mark a climax * in the first part of the book and are more closely woven than previous sections. In them the threats of captivity and disaster come to a symbolic fulfillment. After relentless efforts by God and Jeremiah to bring the nation to repentance, punishment comes upon them.

18.1–12 :

The potter. Prose narrative * describes Jeremiah's visit to the potter. The potter makes a vessel that he dislikes, so he destroys it and starts again.

11 :

This action becomes a symbol of God's plan for Israel and occasions a final invitation to repent.

12 :

The people adamantly refuse to repent.

18.13–17 :

God's response. God laments their idolatry * and turns from them.

18.18–23 :

Jeremiah's fourth confession. See sidebar on p. 987 .

18 :

Enemies of Jeremiah speak in a prose comment that illustrates the community's failure to repent.

19–20 :

Jeremiah reminds God of how faithful Jeremiah has been to his prophetic mission.

21–23 :

He asks God to punish the enemies who try to kill him. The prophet's * enemies are the enemies of God because they refuse to hear the divine word that the prophet claims to speak.

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