Jeremiah was a prophet in the Old Testament. He wrote two of the books of the Bible: see Jeremiah (Biblical book) and Lamentations. Jeremiah lived in Egypt for most of his life, and quite possibly died there, at the hand of the Egyptian ruler Merodach (called in the Bible Evil Merodach, for obvious reasons). Jeremiah was accompanied on his travels by a scribe named Ben Neriah, who may have been the actual author of the Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah's preaching had a characteristic style; in contrast to that of Elijah and Ecclesiastes, he preached love and acceptance of pleasure, as exemplified by the modern popular song "Joy to the World." Jeremiah 35:5:
- Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the men of the Recabite family and said to them, "Drink some wine." New International Version