In today's verse we are introduced to the prophet Jeremiah as the son of Hilkiah, from the priests of Anatot. We know that there are no extraneous words in the holy Bible, so this introduction has significance! Tradition tells us that when a person is presented as his father's son, this specifically lends importance to his direct lineage. Hilikiah, it is taught, was a great prophet himself, and it would only be fitting to introduce Jeremiah while giving recognition to his prophet father.
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