Jeremiah 45

Listen to Jeremiah 45

Message to Baruch

1 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to 1Baruch the son of Neriah, 2when he wrote these words in a book at the dictation of Jeremiah, 3in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
2 "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:
3 You said, 4'Woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain. 5I am weary with my groaning, 6and I find no rest.'
4 Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD: 7Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up--that is, the whole land.
5 And 8do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, 9I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the LORD. But I will give you 10your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go."

Jeremiah 45 Commentary

Chapter 45

An encouragement sent to Baruch.

- Baruch was employed in writing Jeremiah's prophecies, and reading them, see ch. ( Jeremiah 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.

Cross References 10

  • 1. See Jeremiah 32:12
  • 2. See Jeremiah 36:4, 18
  • 3. Jeremiah 36:1
  • 4. [Jeremiah 36:26]
  • 5. Psalms 6:6
  • 6. Lamentations 1:3; Lamentations 5:5
  • 7. Jeremiah 31:28; [Isaiah 5:5]
  • 8. [Psalms 131:1, 2; Romans 12:16]
  • 9. [Jeremiah 25:26, 29]
  • 10. Jeremiah 21:9; Jeremiah 39:18

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains a prophecy, delivered to Baruch for his personal use. The time of it is expressed, Jer 45:1; a reproof is given him for his immoderate grief and sorrow, Jer 45:2,3; the destruction of the land of Judea is prophesied of; and therefore it was wrong in him to seek great things for himself at such a time; however, he is assured of his own safety, Jer 45:4,5.

Jeremiah 45 Commentaries

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