Commentaries on Jeremiah

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the Old Testament book of Jeremiah. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Jeremiah that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries for Jeremiah



The Book of Jeremiah (NICOT) by J. A. Thompson


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Jeremiah

Tremper Longman: “treats Jeremiah as a real person in a definite historical setting…well worth getting”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Jeremiah, “Probably the best overall commentary on the book of Jeremiah…Thompson writes from an evangelical perspective and offers numerous helpful insights into the meaning of this book”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.”



Jeremiah, Lamentations (NIVAC) by J. Andrew Dearman


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “a very sensitive theological reading”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Lamentations

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.”



Jeremiah and Lamentations (TOTC) by R.K. Harrison


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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Lamentations

Tremper Longman: “an excellent commentary for laypeople”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.”



Jeremiah (three volumes; Anchor) by Jack R. Lundbom


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 5 out 5 stars, “a brilliant commentary on the book in its original meaning”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Jeremiah, “Those looking for an exhaustive technical commentary on Jeremiah…Highly recommended for the serious student of Jeremiah”

Best for: pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.”



Jeremiah (KCC) by Derek Kidner


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Jeremiah, “accessible and insightful, and this one is no exception…for a general reader wanting to know the relevance of Jeremiah for today”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The book of Jeremiah is full of turmoil and national tragedy, the story of key people like Baruch, Gedaliah and Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, and the drama of rediscovering the forgotten book of Mosaic law. National events interweave with the lives of individuals; the rediscovered book of God’s law transforms Josiah, Jeremiah and the future of the world. Derek Kidner, in this volume that was formerly part of the widely respected The Bible Speaks Today series, gives careful attention to the text and reveals its startling relevance to our own troubled time.”



Jeremiah (Mentor; two volumes) by John L. Mackay


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Jeremiah, “especially helpful for Bible teachers and pastors who are looking for help with exposition of the text”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “Mentor books are written at a level suitable for Bible College and seminary students, pastors, and other serious readers.”



Jeremiah–Ezekiel (REBC) by Michael Brown


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, “a substantial and intelligent commentary”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.”



Jeremiah (OTL) by Leslie C. Allen


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “[Allen] does a great job articulating the message of Jeremiah in its original context”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.”



Jeremiah (SHBC) by Terence E. Fretheim


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “extremely well-written commentary…highly recommended”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written by accomplished scholars with all students of Scripture in mind, this innovative new commentary series is designed to make quality Bible study more accessible. Pastors, professors and students of Scripture are discovering that this commentary is a wonderful new tool for enhancing interpretation. All volumes include these features to support interpretation: insightful sidebars in four categories, a wealth of fine art visuals, and a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.”



Jeremiah, Lamentations (UBCS) by Tremper Longman III


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Jeremiah, “easily accessible, Longman provides numerous literary and theological insights into the book”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.”



Jeremiah (two volumes; ITC) by Walter Brueggemann


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “easy-to-read and contemporary interpretation…thought-provoking”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Explores the historical setting and message of Jeremiah as well as the text’s relevance for the church today. A fresh look at critical theological issues in the Jeremiah tradition. Argues that Jeremiah’s voice compels us to rediscern our own situation vis a vis faith, obedience, justice and compassion.”



Jeremiah (two volumes; Hermeneia) by William Holladay


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “a major contribution to Jeremiah studies…well-presented”

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books… The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible…The editors of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors).”



Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations (CBC) by Elmer A. Martens


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, “takes a more traditional and evangelical approach”

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “Elmer A. Martens explores the message and insights of Jeremiah for today. In Jeremiah, God disciplines people and punishes them. Yet there is also forgiveness and the promise of a new covenant. This ancient book is strangely relevant to our generation. The more we learn about the stressful times in which Jeremiah lived, about the passionate prophet himself, and about the arrangement of the book that bears his name, the more forceful the message becomes.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Jeremiah and Lamentations (Preaching the Word) by Philip Graham Ryken


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible. Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.”



Jeremiah and Lamentations (TtT) by J. Daniel Hays


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.”



Jeremiah (Interpretation) by R. E. Clements


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Message of Jeremiah (BST) by Christopher J. H. Wright


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.”



Jeremiah and Lamentations (TOTC) by Hetty Lalleman


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.”



Jeremiah, Lamentations (HOTC) by Fred M. Wood and Ross McLaren


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “No other reference series gets to the heart of the Old Testament as efficiently as the Holman Old Testament Commentary. When a reader’s time allows, the series offers a detailed interpretation based on the popular New International Version text. When time is short, it delivers an essential understanding of the Old Testament with unsurpassed clarity and convenience.”



Jeremiah, Lamentations (NAC) by F. B. Huey Jr.


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”



Jeremiah 1-25 and 26-52 (WBC) by Peter C. Craigie, Page H. Kelley, and Joel F. Drinkard Jr.


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”



Jeremiah (AOTC) by Louis Stulman


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries series offers compact, critical commentaries on all the books of the Old Testament. In addition to providing fundamental information on and insights into Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful, critical exegesis so as to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed engagement of the biblical texts themselves. These commentaries are written with special attention to the needs and interests of theology students, but they will also be useful for students in upper-level college or university settings, as well as for pastors and other church leaders.”



A Commentary on Jeremiah by Walter Brueggemann


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Offering a fresh look at the critical theological issues in the Jeremiah tradition, Brueggemann argues that Jeremiah’s voice compels us to rediscern our own situation, issuing an urgent invitation to faith, obedience, justice, and compassion. This combined edition of Brueggemann’s original two-volume work, published until recently as part of the International Theological Commentary series, is an essential resource for students, pastors, and general readers alike. It is reprinted here with a new introduction by Brueggemann that surveys the current state of Jeremiah studies.”



Jeremiah and Lamentations (UBCS) by Tremper Longman III


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.”



Jeremiah (Cornerstone) by Elmer A. Martens


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, accessible evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Presenting the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text, each volume equips pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge so they can better understand and apply God’s Word.”



Historical and Cultural Bible Background Commentaries



Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel by David W. Baker (ZBBC)


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Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: This series “walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It’s like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You’ll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus.”



Technical and Critical Commentaries



Jeremiah (ICC) by William M. Kane


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Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: The ICC series has “sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments…no attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Jeremiah and Lamentations (Thru the Bible) by J. Vernon McGee


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”



Jeremiah (Geneva) by John Calvin


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “C.H. Spurgeon concurred: ‘Everything that Calvin wrote by way of exposition is priceless. His expositions are more equal in excellence than those of other men; other men rise and fall, but he is almost uniformly good.’ These estimations still hold true and, even in this age of multiplying commentaries, those of John Calvin stand out as models of honesty, good sense, and evangelical warmth. Here, in this extensive exposition of Jeremiah, we encounter Calvin s great gifts as an exegete and theologian. But we also see how his experience as a pastor and preacher equipped him to produce this outstanding exposition of ‘the weeping prophet.”



Jeremiah by H.A. Ironside


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Best for: Anyone

Purpose: H.A. Ironside (1876-1951) was an internationally acclaimed Bible teacher and preacher, as well as the author of more than sixty books. His writings include addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the Old Testament prophetic books, and a great many volumes on other biblical topics. For eighteen of his fifty years of ministry, Dr. Ironside was pastor of the historic Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Ill.