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Version 0.31.57, 15 October 2020


Jeremiah Chapter 1

1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who are in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2To whom the word of the Lord came in the days Josiah the son of Amon, the king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3And this came to pass in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, up to the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, the king of Judah – up to the deportation of Jerusalem in the fifth month. 4And the word of the Lord came to me and said,

5“Before I formed you in the belly,

I knew you,

And before you came out of the womb,

I sanctified you.

I have appointed you

As a prophet to the nations.”

6Then I said,

“Oh, my Lord the Lord,

Look, I do not know how to speak,

For I am just a lad.”

7But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say,

‘I am just a lad’,

For you shall go everywhere I send you,

And you shall speak

Everything I command you.

8Do not fear their presence;

I am with you to deliver you”,

Says the Lord.

9Then the Lord stretched out his hand and touched my mouth, at which the Lord said to me,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth.

10See, I have appointed you today

Over the nations and over the kingdoms,

To tear down and to demolish

And to destroy and to devastate,

To build and to plant.”

11Then the word of the Lord came to me and said, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of almond tree wood.” 12And the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I will watch over my word, to carry it out.” 13And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, and he said, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and its face is turned from the north.” 14And the Lord said to me,

“Evil will break out from the north

Over all the inhabitants of the land.

15For I am about to call

All the families of the kingdoms of the north,

Says the Lord,

And they will come,

And each king will direct his throne

To the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,

And against all its walls round about,

And against all the cities of Judah.

16And I will pronounce my judgments on them,

Concerning all their evil,

In that they have forsaken me,

And burned incense to other gods,

And have worshipped the works of their hands.

17But you gird up your loins and arise,

And tell them everything that I command you.

Do not be afraid of them,

So that I do not cause you dismay in their presence.

18And as for my part,

Look, I have made you today

A fortified city and an iron column,

And copper walls, all over the land,

To the kings of Judah, to its officers, to its priests,

And to the people of the land.

19And they will fight against you,

But they will not prevail over you,

For I am with you,

Says the Lord,

To deliver you.”