5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. 6 All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him. 7 He was treated harshly and afflicted, but he did not even open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not even open his mouth. 8 He was led away after an unjust trial—but who even cared? Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. 9 They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully.
17 For though I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, planted you in the land, I now decree that disaster will come on you because the nations of Israel and Judah have done evil and have made me angry by offering sacrifices to the god Baal.” 18 The Lord gave me knowledge, that I might have understanding. Then he showed me what the people were doing. 19 Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. I did not know they were saying, “Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! Let’s remove Jeremiah from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him anymore.” 20 So I said, “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you are a just judge! You examine people’s hearts and kidneys57. I want to see you pay them back for what they have done because I trust you to vindicate my cause.” 21 Then the Lord told me about some men from Anathoth who were threatening to kill me. They had threatened, “Stop prophesying in the name of the Lord or we will kill you!”
Notes and References
"... In this first ‘Confession’, we read about Jeremiah’s suffering at the hands of the people from his home town, even his own family. Whereas Jeremiah 11:9 refers to a conspiracy against God and his words, verse 18 speaks of a plot against his prophet Jeremiah ... God revealed to the prophet how the people had been plotting against him, which he had not noticed. The gentle lamb led to the slaughter is similar to Isaiah 53:7, although the emphasis there is on the willingness of the lamb to suffer. In Jeremiah 11 the prophet is unaware of the people’s intentions to kill him in order to stop him proclaiming the truth. They do not want to hear, since their sins are laid bare. The people conspired against God (verse 9), but here they are plotting against his prophet, God’s mouthpiece. Jeremiah’s life is compared to a tree (compare 17:7–8; Psalm 1:3; 92:12–15). God had ‘planted’ him, as he had Israel (verse 16), but the people reject both God and his messenger ..."
Lalleman-de Winkel, H. Jeremiah and Lamentations (p. 139) InterVarsity Press, 2013
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