Jeremiah 11 is the eleventh chapter of the Book of Jeremiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains prophecies attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. This chapter includes the first of the passages known as the "Confessions of Jeremiah" (Jeremiah 11:18–12:6).[1]

Jeremiah 11
Book of Jeremiah in Hebrew Bible, MS. Sassoon 1053, images 283–315.
BookBook of Jeremiah
Hebrew Bible partNevi'im
Order in the Hebrew part6
CategoryLatter Prophets
Christian Bible partOld Testament
Order in the Christian part24



The original text is written in Hebrew language. This chapter is divided into 23 verses.

Textual versionsEdit

Some ancient witnesses for the text of this chapter in Hebrew are of the Masoretic Text, which includes the Codex Cairensis (895), the Petersburg Codex of the Prophets (916), Aleppo Codex (10th century), Codex Leningradensis (1008).[2] Some fragments containing parts of this chapter were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, i.e., 4QJera (4Q70; 225–175 BCE[3][4]), with extant verses 3‑6, 19‑20.[5][6]

There is also a translation into Koine Greek known as the Septuagint (with a different verse numbering), made in the last few centuries BC. Extant ancient manuscripts of the Septuagint version include Codex Vaticanus (B;  B; 4th century), Codex Sinaiticus (S; BHK:  S; 4th century), Codex Alexandrinus (A;  A; 5th century) and Codex Marchalianus (Q;  Q; 6th century).[7] The Septuagint version doesn't contain a part what is generally known to be verses 7–8 in Christian Bibles.[8]


The parashah sections listed here are based on the Aleppo Codex.[9] Jeremiah 11 is a part of the Fifth prophecy (Jeremiah 11-13) in the section of Prophecies of Destruction (Jeremiah 1-25). {P}: open parashah; {S}: closed parashah.

{P} 11:1–5 {P} 11:6–8 {S} 11:9–10 {S} 11:11–13 {S} 11:14 {S} 11:15–17 {P} 11:18–20 {S} 11:21 {P} 11:22–23 {S}

Verse 2–3Edit

Verse 2Edit

"Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;"[10]

"Speak": Say to them, i.e. the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Verse 3Edit

and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God of Israel: "Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant"'[11]

"Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant": a citation from Deuteronomy 11:26–28; 27:26; 28:15–68, quoted by the apostle Paul in Galatians 3:10.[12]

Verse 4Edit

... which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, 'Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God,'[13]

Verse 18Edit

Now the Lord gave me knowledge of it, and I know it; for You showed me their doings.[14]

The Jerusalem Bible inserts verse 6 of chapter 12 immediately after this verse:

"Yes, even your own brothers and your own family play you false. Behind your back, they too criticise you openly. Put no reliance on them when they seem to be friendly".[15]


  • Verse 11 of this chapter, which reads: "Therefore this is what the Lord says: 'I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.'" (NIV), is cited in the 2019 American movie Us, directed by Jordan Peele.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Diamond, A. R. (1987), The Confessions of Jeremiah in Context, JSOTSup 45, Sheffield
  2. ^ Würthwein 1995, pp. 35–37.
  3. ^ Cross, F.M. apud Freedman, D.N.; Mathews, K.A. (1985). The Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll (11QpaleoLev). Winona Lake, Indiana. p. 55
  4. ^ Sweeney, Marvin A. (2010). Form and Intertextuality in Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature. Forschungen zum Alten Testament. 45 (reprint ed.). Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 66. ISBN 9781608994182. ISSN 0940-4155.
  5. ^ Ulrich, Eugene, ed. (2010). The Biblical Qumran Scrolls: Transcriptions and Textual Variants. Brill. p. 564. ISBN 9789004181830. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Fitzmyer, Joseph A. (2008). A Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 37. ISBN 9780802862419. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Würthwein 1995, pp. 73–74.
  8. ^ CCEL – Brenton Jeremiah Appendix
  9. ^ As implemented in the Jewish Publication Society's 1917 edition of the Hebrew Bible in English.
  10. ^ Jeremiah 11:2 NKJV
  11. ^ Jeremiah 11:3 NKJV
  12. ^ The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version, Indexed. Michael D. Coogan, Marc Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, Editors. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2007. p. 1096-1097 Hebrew Bible. ISBN 978-0195288810
  13. ^ Jeremiah 11:4 NKJV
  14. ^ Jeremiah 11:18 NKJV
  15. ^ Jerusalem Bible (1966), Jeremiah 11
  16. ^ Fletcher, Rosie (March 23, 2019). "Us: How Jeremiah 11:11 Fits in Jordan Peele Movie". Den of Geek. Retrieved March 23, 2019.


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