Jeremiah 1
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The Words of Jeremiah
(2 Kings 24:18-20; 2 Chronicles 36:11-14)

1These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests in Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.

2The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3and through the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, until the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.

The Call of Jeremiah

4The word of the LORD came to me, saying:

5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

and before you were born I set you apart

and appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6“Ah, Lord GOD,” I said, “I surely do not know how to speak, for I am only a child!”

7But the LORD told me:

“Do not say,

‘I am only a child.’

For to everyone I send you,

you must go,

and all that I command you,

you must speak.

8Do not be afraid of them,

for I am with you to deliver you,”

declares the LORD.

9Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and said to me:

“Behold, I have put My words

into your mouth.

10See, I have appointed you today

over nations and kingdoms

to uproot and tear down,

to destroy and overthrow,

to build and plant.”

11And the word of the LORD came to me, asking, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12“You have observed correctly,” said the LORD, “for I am watchinga over My word to accomplish it.”

13Again the word of the LORD came to me, inquiring, “What do you see?”

“I see a boiling pot,” I replied, “and it is tilting away from the north.”

14Then the LORD said to me, “Disaster from the north will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15For I am about to summon all the clans and kingdoms of the north,” declares the LORD.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones

at the entrance to Jerusalem’s gates.

They will attack all her surrounding walls

and all the other cities of Judah.

16I will pronounce My judgments against them

for all the evil they did,

when they abandoned Me to burn incense to other gods

and to worship the works of their own hands.

17Get yourself ready.b Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18Now behold, this day I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19They will fight against you but never overcome you, since I am with you to rescue you,” declares the LORD.

Footnotes:

12 a The Hebrew for watching sounds like the Hebrew for almond tree
17 b Hebrew gird up your loins

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