Jeremiah 1

The word of God which came to Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who dwelt in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: accordingly as the word of God came to him in the days of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. And it was in the days of Joakim, son of Josiah king of Judah, until the eleventh year of Zedekiah king of Judah, even until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month. And the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you came forth from the womb, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. And I said, O Lord, Sovereign Lord, behold, I know not how to speak, for I am a child. And the Lord said to me, Say not, I am a child; for you shall go to all to whomsoever I shall send you, and according to all the words that I shall command you, you shall speak. Be not afraid before them; for I am with you, to deliver you, says the Lord. And the Lord stretched forth His hand to me, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words into your mouth. 10 Behold, I have appointed you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to rebuild, and to plant. 11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, What do you see? And I said, A rod of an almond tree. 12 And the Lord said to me, You have seen well, for I have watched over My words, to perform them. 13 And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, What do you see? And I said, A caldron on the fire; and the face of it is toward the north. 14 And the Lord said to me, From the north shall flame forth evils upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For behold, I call together all the kingdoms of the earth from the north, says the Lord. And they shall come, and shall set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls round about her, and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will speak to them in judgment concerning all their iniquity, forasmuch as they have forsaken Me, and sacrificed to strange gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. 17 Gird up your loins, and stand up, and speak all the words that I shall command you. Be not afraid of their face, neither be alarmed before them; for I am with you, to deliver you, says the Lord. 18 Behold, I have made you this day as a strong city, and as a bronze wall, strong against all the kings of Judah and its princes, and the people of the land. 19 And they shall fight against you, but they shall by no means prevail against you; because I am with you, to deliver you, says the Lord.
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