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Origin of the name JEREMIAH.
Etymology of the name JEREMIAH.
Meaning of the baby name JEREMIAH.


JEREMIAH.  Biblical.  From Hebrew Yirmeyah, Yirmeyahu, meaning "exalted of the Lord," or "whom Jehovah has established (or appointed)."  Usage: America, England, Wales.

     (1) A Benjamite who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chron. xii. 4).
     (2) A Gadite who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chron. xii. 10).
     (3) Another Gadite who did so (13).
     (4) One of the heads of the half tribe of Manasseh east of the Jordan (1 Chron. v. 24). 
     (5) A native of Libnah, whose daughter Hamutal became the wife of king Josiah and the mother of Jehoahaz (2 Kings xxiii. 30, 31).
     (6) The son of Habaziniah, and the father of Jaazaniah, a Rechabite (Jer. xxxv. 3).
     (7) The great prophet so called.  He was the son of Hilkiah, a priest of Anathoth, in the territory of Benjamin (Jer. i. 1).  Before Jeremiah was born God had designated him a prophet (i. 5).  Yet when he received the Divine call to office, he hung back, saying that he was a child.  But God would not allow him to decline the proffered honour.  He must go and deliver his message in the face of all those who might be opposed to its reception, whether princes, priests, or people.  He was to be like a defenced city, an iron pillar, and walls of brass, against which foes might fight, but would not prevail.  As an ordination ceremony, the Lord touched his mouth, putting within it words, and setting him over nations and kingdoms, on the one hand, to root out, overthrow, and destroy; and, on the other hand, to plant and to build (i. 4-10).  Of a finely-strung, nervous temperament, he keenly felt the trials incident to his office, and especially the antagonism to his countrymen with which it was associated.  Once, like Job, he cursed the day of his birth (xx. 14-18).  On another occasion he exclaimed, "Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife ad a man of contention to the whole earth!  I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me" (xv. 10).  But Divine grace enabled him to remain faithful to his duty in spite of obloquy and persecution.  Jeremiah is said, in chap. i. 2, to have begun to prophesy in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah, and continued to do so till the capture of Jerusalem, in the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah's reign. 
     (8) A priest or Levite who came from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Neh. xii. 1).
     (9) One of those who, with Nehemiah, sealed the covenant (Neh. x. 2).
     ¶ The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.A canonical book of the Old Testament, consisting of the prophecies and other "words" of Jeremiah, the prophet of Anathoth [No. 7].  The Jews regarded Jeremiah as one of the greater prophets of the normal type. (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894)


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