Jeremiah 45

A Message to Baruch

1 When Baruch son of Neriah wrote on a scroll the words Jeremiah the prophet dictated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, Jeremiah said this to Baruch:
2 “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:
3 You said, ‘Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.’
4 But the LORD has told me to say to you, ‘This is what the LORD says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth.
5 Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’ ”

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 18

  • 1. S Jeremiah 32:12; Jeremiah 36:4,18,32
  • 2. Jeremiah 51:59
  • 3. S 2 Chronicles 36:5
  • 4. S Exodus 17:14; S Psalms 40:7
  • 5. S Isaiah 24:16; 1 Corinthians 9:16
  • 6. S Psalms 119:28; Mark 14:34; Romans 9:2
  • 7. S Job 6:10
  • 8. S Job 23:2; Psalms 69:3
  • 9. S Joshua 1:13; Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:3
  • 10. S Jeremiah 42:10
  • 11. S Jeremiah 11:17
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 28:63; S Deuteronomy 30:9; Isaiah 5:5-7; Jeremiah 18:7-10
  • 13. Psalms 131:1
  • 14. Mt 6:25-27,33
  • 15. Jeremiah 11:11; Jeremiah 40:2
  • 16. S Jeremiah 2:35
  • 17. S Psalms 68:20; S Jeremiah 44:28
  • 18. S Jeremiah 21:9; Jeremiah 38:2; 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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