1 1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were
in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
2to whom the word of Jehovah came in
the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of
3It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king
of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah,
king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth
4Now the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the
womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.
6Then said I, Ah, Lord Jehovah! behold, I know not how to speak; for I am
7But Jehovah said unto me, Say not, I am a child; for to
whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go, and whatsoever I shall command
thee thou shalt speak.
8Be not afraid because of them; for I am with thee
to deliver thee, saith Jehovah.
9Then Jehovah put forth his hand, and
touched my mouth; and Jehovah said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in
10see, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the
kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to
build and to plant.
11Moreover the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree.
12Then said Jehovah unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I watch over my
word to perform it.
13And the word of Jehovah came unto me the second
time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a boiling caldron; and the
face thereof is from the north.
14Then Jehovah said unto me, Out of the
north evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith Jehovah;
and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entrance
of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and
against all the cities of Judah.
16And I will utter my judgments against
them touching all their wickedness, in that they have forsaken me, and have
burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all
that I command thee: be not dismayed at them, lest I dismay thee before them.
18For, behold, I have made thee this day a fortified city, and an iron
pillar, and brazen walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah,
against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the
people of the land.
19And they shall fight against thee; but they shall
not prevail against thee: for I am with thee, saith Jehovah, to deliver