Jeremiah of the Bible
Jeremiah from the Bible was the son of Hilkiah, a priest of Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin. Many have supposed that his father was the high-pirest of the same name, who found the book of the law in the eighteenth year of Josiah. This, however, seems improbable since there is nothing in the writing of Jeremiah to lead us to think that his father was more than an ordinary priest.
Jeremiah was very young when the word of the Lord first came to him. This event took place in the thirteenth year of Josiah (B.C. 629), whilst the youthful prophet still lived at Anathoth. It would seen that he remained in his native city several years, but at length, in order to escape the persecution of his fellow townsmen, an even of his own family, as well as to have a wider field for his exertions, he left Anathoth and took up his residence at Jerusalem.
Jeremiah was a contemporary with Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Ezekiel, and Daniel. None of these prophets, however, are in any remarkable way connected with him, except Ezekiel. They both, during a long series of years, were laboring at the same time and for the same object.
An analysis of Jeremiah's character in the Bible shows that he was sensitive to a most painful degree, timid, shy, hopeless, and constantly complaining and dissatisfied with the course of events, but never flinching from duty. He was a noble example of the triumph of the moral over the physical nature.
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