Meaning: Raised up or appointed by Jehovah; Yahweh lifts up
There are 10 different men named Jeremiah in the Bible.
Jeremiah the major prophet
He was called to the prophetical office when still young (1:6), in the thirteenth year of Josiah (B.C. 628). He left his native place, and went to reside in Jerusalem, where he greatly assisted Josiah in his work of reformation (2 Kings 23:1-25). The death of this pious king was bewailed by the prophet as a national calamity (2 Chronicles 35:25).
During the reign of Jehoahaz, we find no reference to Jeremiah, but in the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the enmity of the people against him broke out in bitter persecution, and he was apparently placed under restraint (Jeremiah 36:5).
In the fourth year of Jehoiakim he was commanded to write the predictions given to him, and to read them to the people on the fast-day. This was done by Baruch his servant in his stead, and produced much public excitement.
He remained in Jerusalem, uttering from time to time his words of warning, but without effect. He was there when Nebuchadnezzar besieged the city (Jeremiah 37:4,5), B.C. 589. The rumour of the approach of the Egyptians to aid the Jews in this crisis induced the Chaldeans to withdraw and return to their own land. This, however, was only for a time.
The prophet, in answer to his prayer, received a message from God announcing that the Chaldeans would come again and take the city, and burn it with fire (37:7,8). The princes, in their anger at such a message by Jeremiah, cast him into prison (37:15-38:13). He was still in confinement when the city was taken (B.C. 588).
Johanan succeeded Gedaliah, and refusing to listen to Jeremiah's counsels, went down into Egypt, taking Jeremiah and Baruch with him (Jeremiah 43:6). There probably the prophet spent the remainder of his life, in vain seeking still to turn the people to the Lord, from whom they had so long revolted (Jeremiah 44).
He lived till the reign of Evil-merodach, son of Nebuchadnezzar, and must have been about 90 years of age at his death. We have no authentic record of his death. He may have died at Tahpanhes (also called Tehaphnehes, an ancient city in northeast Egypt on Lake Manzala), or, according to a tradition, may have gone to Babylon with the army of Nebuchadnezzar, but there is no certain evidence.
Jeremiah the tenth, another Gadite warrior—joined David at Ziklag (1 Chronicles 12:13).