Jeremiah Writes Flaming Words

Investigating Writing and the Bible


Jeremiah in 22:30 is instructed to write a judgment against the evil king of Judah, Je-hoi-a-kim.

Thus saith the Lord, write this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days…

The Israelites were taken into captivity in Babylon. Jeremiah was told in 30:2 to …write all the words God had spoken in a book.

Again, Jeremiah in 36:2 is told, Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even into this day.

Jeremiah obeyed and dictated the words to Baruch, a scribe.  Foolishly, King Je-hoi-a-kim heard the words and had the scroll burned. Jeremiah’s words went up in flames as if it could stop judgment. (Tweet that!)








But in 36:28 Jeremiah is instructed to Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Je-hoi-a-kim the king of Judah hath burned.  

Not only were the words rewritten, verse 36:32 tells us the scribe wrote …all the words of the book which Je-hoi-a-kim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.


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