Jeremiah 4,1-2

Jeremiah 4,1-2 is part of God’s response to the incipient pleas of repentance on the part of the people of Judah. It lays out what the people need to do in order to return to God and gives the motivation for this.[1] The motivation is founded on the blessing of Abraham evoked in the hitpael (reflexive sense) “if you return, O Israel … then nations shall bless themselves in him and in him shall they glory.” Here, it is the realization that Israel’s moral and religious existence is meant to glorify God and eventually to lead that nations to turn to God.[2] That is, the turning of Israel to her true self is inextricably bound up with the confessions and praises of the nations.[3]

[1] Cf. P. D. Miller, The Book of Jeremiah: Introduction, Commentary and Reflections, NIB, Vol. VI, Abingdon Press, Nashville, (2001), 606.

[2] Cf. P. C. Craigie, et al., Jeremiah 1-25, WBC, Vol. 26, Word Books Publishers, Texas, (1991), 66.

[3] J. C. Okoye, Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, (2006), 51.


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