Jeremiah 20: Jeremiah's Troubles

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 159–160


Most of the book of Jeremiah contains his prophecies. Jeremiah 20, however, tells us a little about his life. We learn that because of his prophecies, Jeremiah was put in stocks, a wooden frame with holes to lock in the head, arms, legs, and feet of someone accused or convicted of a crime.Jeremiah prophesied against the man who put him in stocks, but he also said things that sounded like he was discouraged about his situation. He did what the Lord wanted him to do and said what the Lord wanted him to say, but he was suffering for his obedience. Sometimes those who follow the Lord with all their hearts face this trial. We learn about the greatness of Jeremiah’s character when we read that he did not quit preaching, because he said the Lord’s word was “a burning fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9). Jeremiah determined to continue to trust in the Lord and preach the word regardless of the consequences. His courage is a model for us all.
man in stocks

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Jeremiah 20.

Activity A iconWhat Would You Say?

Jeremiah felt badly because of his trials. He was suffering for doing what he knew was right. Write what you would say to him at this time to comfort and encourage him.