Jeremiah¹

Hebrew prophet, contemporary of Lehi¹

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Jeremiah¹

Jeremiah was a contemporary of Lehi on the eve of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem. His prophecies are mentioned by Nephi as being included on the plates of brass. Nephi also alludes to Jeremiah in rebuking his rebellious brothers upon the return trip to guide Ishmael and his family to Lehi’s encampment. “For behold, the Spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them [the people of Jerusalem]; for behold, they have rejected the prophets, and Jeremiah have they cast into prison. And they have sought to take away the life of my father, insomuch that they have driven him out of the land”. Many generations later, a few years before the birth of the Savior, Nephi, the son of Helaman, invoked the name of Jeremiah, among many other prophets, to remind the people of the certainty of the coming of the Redeemer.

And now I would that ye should know, that even since the days of Abraham there have been many prophets that have testified these things; yea, behold, the prophet Zenos did testify boldly; for the which he was slain.
And behold, also Zenock, and also Ezias, and also Isaiah, and Jeremiah,.

In his day, Jeremiah was the voice of the Lord in prophesying of a time to come in the latter days when a new covenant would be established among the people: “After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people”.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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