Jeremiah 3: Spiritual Adultery

(25 verses, 4:30 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Throught the preaching of Jeremiah the LORD accuses the people of spiritual adultery.


Here’s an outline of the chapter:

  • 3:1, the theme, the Lord says to the people, “You have played the prostitute with many lovers.”
  • 3:2-5, the accusation continues.
  • 3:6-10, the idolatry of Israel is unfolded, and we see that the adultery of Israel is idolatry. Judah is watching this idolatry, and preparing to repeat it.
    • (Remember that after the death of Solomon, 930 B. C., the nation was divided. Israel was the northern kingdom of ten tribes. Judah was in the south, the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin.)
  • 3:11-18, Judah is compared to Israel, and found to be even more guilty. Even though Judah has been unfaithful, the Lord is ready to forgive and recieve them back. In fact, the Lord promises a time when Judah will be restored. This is a prophecy of the church of the New Testament.
  • 3:19-25, Israel also has the opportunity to repent and return to the Lord, but there is no promise that they will do this.


  • This chapter is a very good place to meditate on Law and Gospel. Where in the chapter does the Lord condemn sin? Where does He promise mercy and forgiveness? The prophets were masterful preachers of threat and promise, Law and Gospel.
  • PRAYER. Lord, grant us faithfulness, that we would fear, love, and trust in You above all things. Forgive our idolatry and grant us repentance and faith, that we would rejoice in the forgiveness of sins won for us by the death of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller (
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO




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