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Here are resources for the book of Jeremiah.

The Via Emmaus Reading Plan

Reading Strategies

Jeremiah is a big book and there are lots of ways to read it. Here are three different approaches.

1. Whatever and Whenever

The first approach is always to read as much as you, whenever you can. Keep a running clock and make sure you get to the end—once, twice, three times or more.

2. With Guidance

The second approach would be to find an outline of the book and use that for guidance. So for instance, if you follow the ESV Study Bible, you will find an outline with nine parts.

  1. Introduction (1:1–19)
  2. Israel’s Covenant Adultery (2:1–6:30)
  3. False Religion and Idolatrous People (7:1–10–25)
  4. Jeremiah’s Struggles with God and Israel (11:1–20:18)
  5. Jeremiah’s Confrontations (21:1–29:32)
  6. Restoration for Judah and Israel (30:1–33:26)
  7. God Judges Judah (34:1–45:5)
  8. God’s Judgment on the Nations (46:1–51:64)
  9. Conclusion: The Fall of Jerusalem (52:1–34)

With this outline, you could take a section each day. And if you combined the introduction and the conclusion, to see the beginning and the end, you could read through Jeremiah in eight days. This would permit you to read the book three times with a couple extra days for catch up.

Another way you could read this book, is to divide sections 4, 5, 7, and 8.

  1. Jeremiah 1
  2. Jeremiah 2–6
  3. Jeremiah 7–10
  4. Jeremiah 11–15
  5. Jeremiah 16–20
  6. Jeremiah 21–25
  7. Jeremiah 26–29
  8. Jeremiah 30–33
  9. Jeremiah 34–40
  10. Jeremiah 41–45
  11. Jeremiah 46–48
  12. Jeremiah  49–51
  13. Jeremiah 52

With this outline you could read Jeremiah in two weeks time and twice in the month. Then, you would still have a few extra days.

3. With Help

Finally, a third approach would include adding some resources to assist you. Or you could follow the outline of a course like this one.

This approach could look like reading the book during the first half of the month and following up with articles and sermons on particular chapters. Or this could look like reading two chapters a day and adding in an article or sermon on most days.

Because Jeremiah is so long (the longest book in the Bible), and so literarily and historically challenging, not to mention downcast in much of the book, having someone show you the connections to the gospel and/or its theological message is more necessary than for other books. To that end, I offer the following resources.


Here are a handful of articles on Jeremiah, two of whom are written by Andrew Shead. Shead’s book on Jeremiah, book, A Mouth Full of Fire: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah, is excellent. Anyone who wants a full understanding of Jeremiah, should pick it up. For now, here are a few articles to get a handle on Jeremiah.

Audio: Studies and Sermons

Here are three ‘types of sermons’—whole book overview, a series on the heart, and a verse-by-verse exposition by Phil Ryken.

1. Whole Book

2. The Prophet of the Heart preached at All Souls, Langham Place

The teachers of All Souls (e.g., John Stott, Rico Tice, others) have preached seven sermons on Jeremiah 1–31 that tracks the theme of the heart. If you 65 sermons is too many for you (see below), seven sermons might be the right number.

3. Expositional Series by Phil Ryken

Phil Ryken is the author of Jeremiah and Lamentation in the Preaching the Word series. Leading up to that commentary, Dr. Ryken preached sermons on every part of Jeremiah. Here are many of them. (Other sermons may (or may not) still be available on the The Gospel Coalition website.)

  1. A Prophet to the Nations (Jeremiah 1:1)
  2. Under the Boiling Pot (Jeremiah 1:11)
  3. God Files for Divorce (Jeremiah 2)
  4. The Way Back Home (Jeremiah 3:1–18)
  5. True Repentance (Jeremiah 3:19–4:4)
  6. Lament for a City (Jeremiah 4:5–31)
  7. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Jeremiah 5:1–19)
  8. What Will You Do in the End? (Jeremiah 5:20–31)
  9. At the Crossroads (Jeremiah 6:16–30)
  10. What the Church Needs Now Is Reformation (Jeremiah 7)
  11. The Family at Worship (Jeremiah 7:16–29)
  12. Valley of Slaughter (Jeremiah 7:30–8:3)
  13. Wrongly Dividing the Word (Jeremiah 8:4–17)
  14. There is a Balm in Gilead (Jeremiah 8:18-19)
  15. Something to Boast About (Jeremiah 9:12–26)
  16. The Scarecrow in the Melon Patch (Jeremiah 9:25-10:16)
  17. This Is Not Your Life?  (Jeremiah 10:17-25)
  18. Broken Covenant (Jeremiah 11:1-17)
  19. How Can You Compete With Horses? (Jeremiah 11:18-12:6)
  20. Paradise Regained (Jeremiah 12:7-17)
  21. Corruption Optima Pessima  (Jeremiah 13)
  22. For God’s Sake do Something (Jeremiah 14)
  23. A Tree Planted by Streams of Water (Jeremiah 15)
  24. Jeremiah the Pariah (Jeremiah 16:1-17)
  25. Keep the Sabbath Day Holy (Jeremiah 17:19-27)
  26. In the Potters’ Hands (Jeremiah 18)
  27. Vessels of Wrath  (Jeremiah 19)
  28. Dark Night of the Soul (Jeremiah 20:8-9)
  29. A Royal Disaster (Jeremiah 21-22)
  30. The Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:1-8)
  31. Lament for a Ministry (Jeremiah 23:9-40)
  32. Two Baskets of Figs (Jeremiah 24:1-25:14)
  33. Take from My Hand This Cup (Jeremiah 25:15-38)
  34. Delivered from Death (Jeremiah 26:15-16)
  35. No Easy Yoke (Jeremiah 27)
  36. A Yoke of Iron (Jeremiah 28)
  37. Seek the Peace Prosperity of the City (Jeremiah 29:1-24)
  38. City Where God Has Sent You (Jeremiah 29)
  39. The Best-Made Plans (Jeremiah 29:10-23)
  40. And Ransom Captive Israel (Jeremiah 30:8-9)
  41. Messiah in the City (Jeremiah 30:18-21)
  42. Rachel, Dry Your Tears (Jeremiah 31:15)
  43. The New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:27-40)
  44. Buyer’s Market (Jeremiah 32:1-25)
  45. Is Anything Too Hard for God? (Jeremiah 32:26-44)
  46. Pardon for Sin and a Peace that Endureth (Jeremiah 33:1-11)
  47. Second Honeymoon (Jeremiah 33:10-11)
  48. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Jeremiah 33:10-15)
  49. The Failsafe Kingdom (Jeremiah 33:17-26)
  50. The Emancipation Revocation (Jeremiah 34)
  51. Promise Keepers (Jeremiah 35)
  52. Book Burning (Jeremiah 36:1-22)
  53. Above All Earthly Powers (Jeremiah 36:14-28)
  54. Benedict Jeremiah (Jeremiah 37)
  55. In and Out of the Cistern (Jeremiah 38:1-13)
  56. A Private Audience (Jeremiah 38:14-28)
  57. Brands from the Burning (Jeremiah 39)
  58. A Remnant Chosen by Grace (Jeremiah 40:1-4)
  59. A Fatal Mistake (Jeremiah 41:16-43:13)
  60. The King or the Queen (Jeremiah 44:16-17)
  61. Attempt Small Things for God (Jeremiah 45)
  62. God of All Nations (Jeremiah 46:1-4)
  63. The Pride of Life (Jeremiah 48:1-4)
  64. Most High Over All the Earth (Jeremiah 49)
  65. Full Atonement, Can It Be? (Jeremiah 50:1-33)
  66. Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon the Great (Jeremiah 51:61-64)
  67. How Deserted Lies the City! (Jeremiah 52)


Soli Deo Gloria, ds