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Jeremiah and Lamentations: From Sorrow to Hope

ESV Edition

By Philip Graham Ryken, Series edited by R. Kent Hughes

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Set apart as a prophet before he was born, Jeremiah was called to proclaim God's righteous judgment to a people who had turned against their Creator. The “weeping prophet” was a faithful witness to the God who keeps his covenant promises, tempering a message of judgment with the promise of mercy.

In this commentary, Philip Graham Ryken helps pastors, church leaders, and Bible teachers understand, teach, and apply the prophetic books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, showing their ongoing relevance for the Christian’s walk with Christ. Through faithful exposition, Ryken reveals the gospel’s promise that even in the midst of God's judgment, mercy and grace will have the final word.

Part of the Preaching the Word series.


Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. He preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. Ryken has published more than 50 books, including When Trouble Comes and expository commentaries on Exodus, Ecclesiastes, and Jeremiah. He serves as a board member for the Gospel Coalition, the Lausanne Movement, and the National Association of Evangelicals.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Biblical Studies
Church Ministry
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 832
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 44.98 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4880-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4880-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433548802
Case Quantity: 12
Published: May 31, 2016

Table of Contents

A Word to Those Who Preach the Word


  1. A Prophet to the Nations (1:1-10)
  2. When the Almond Tree Blossoms (1:11-19)
  3. God Files for Divorce (2:1-37)
  4. The Way Back Home (3:1-18)
  5. True Repentance (3:19-4:4)
  6. Lament for a City (4:5-31)
  7. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (5:1-19)
  8. What Will You Do in the End? (5:20-6:15)
  9. At the Crossroads (6:16-30)
  10. What the Church Needs Now Is Reformation! (7:1-15)
  11. The Family That Worships Together (7:16-29)
  12. The Valley of Slaughter (7:30-8:3)
  13. Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth (8:4-17)
  14. There Is a Balm in Gilead (8:18-9:11)
  15. Something to Boast About (9:12-24)
  16. The Scarecrow in the Melon Patch (9:25-10:16)
  17. This Is (Not) Your Life (10:17-25)
  18. Amen, Lord! (11:1-17)
  19. How Can You Run with Horses? (11:18-12:6)
  20. Paradise Regained (12:7-17)
  21. Corruptio Optimi Pessima (13:1-27)
  22. For God's Sake, Do Something! (14:1-22)
  23. When God Lets You Down (15:1-21)
  24. Jeremiah, the Pariah (16:1-17:4)
  25. Like a Tree (17:5-18)
  26. Keep the Lord's Day Holy (17:19-27)
  27. In the Potter's Hands (18:1-23)
  28. Vessels of Wrath (19:1-15)
  29. Dark Night of the Soul (20:1-18)
  30. No King but Christ (21:1-22:30)
  31. Music for the Messiah (23:1-8)
  32. I Had a Dream! (23:9-40)
  33. Two Baskets of Figs (24:1-25:14)
  34. "Take from My Hand This Cup" (25:15-38)
  35. Delivered from Death (26:1-24)
  36. Under the Yoke (27:1-22)
  37. A Yoke of Iron (28:1-17)
  38. Seek the Welfare of the City (29:1-9, 24-32)
  39. The Best-Laid Plans (29:10-23)
  40. "And Ransom Captive Israel" (30:1-17)
  41. Messiah in the City (30:18-31:6)
  42. Rachel, Dry Your Tears (31:7-26)
  43. The New Covenant (31:27-40)
  44. Buyer's Market (32:1-25)
  45. Is Anything Too Hard for God? (32:26-44)
  46. "Pardon for Sin and a Peace That Endureth" (33:1-9)
  47. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (33:10-16)
  48. God Never Fails (33:17-26)
  49. The Emancipation Revocation (34:1-22)
  50. Promise Keepers (35:1-19)
  51. Book Burning (36:1-32)
  52. Benedict Jeremiah? (37:1-21)
  53. In and Out of the Cistern (38:1-13)
  54. A Private Audience (38:14-28)
  55. Brands from the Burning (39:1-18)
  56. A Remnant Chosen by Grace (40:1-41:15)
  57. A Fatal Mistake (41:16-43:13)
  58. The King or the Queen? (44:1-30)
  59. Attempt Small Things for God (45:1-5)
  60. God of All Nations (46:1-47:7)
  61. The Pride of Life (48:1-47)
  62. Most High over All the Earth (49:1-39)
  63. "Full Atonement! Can It Be?" (50:1-46)
  64. "Fallen! Fallen Is Babylon the Great!" (51:1-64)
  65. "How Lonely Sits the City" (52:1-34)


  1. Five Laments: An Epilogue (1-5)

Scripture Index
General Index
Index of Sermon Illustrations

“There is a long history of informed, edifying biblical expositions that have been mightily used for God to shape and strengthen the church. These volumes admirably fit this tradition.”

D. A. Carson

Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition