Jeremiah Appointed Prophet1 The saying of God which came unto Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who dwelt in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. 2 As [3came 1the word 2of God] to him in the days of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, [4year 3thirteenth 1in 2the] of his kingship. 3 And it took place in the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month. 4 And [3came 1the word 2of the lord] to me, saying, 5 Before my shaping you in the belly I knew you; and before your coming forth from out of the womb I sanctified you; [3prophet 4unto 5nations 1I appointed 2you]. 6 And I said, O Being One, Master, O lord, behold, I do not know how to speak, for [3younger 1I 2am]. 7 And the lord said to me, Do not say that! [3younger 1I 2am]. For to all whom ever I should send you, you shall go; and according to all as much as I should give charge to you, you shall speak. 8 You should not be fearful from in front of them, for [2with 3you 1I am], to rescue you, says the lord. 9 And the lord stretched his hand to me, and touched my mouth. And the lord said to me, Behold, I have placed my words in your mouth. 10 Behold, I have ordained you today over nations, and over kingdoms, to root out, and to raze, and to loosen, and to rebuild, and to plant. 11 And came to pass the word of the lord to me, saying, What do you see, Jeremiah? And I said, [2staff 1A walnut]. 12 And the lord said to me, [2well 1You have seen]; for I am vigilant over my words to do them. 13 And [3came to pass 1the word 2of the lord] of a second time to me, saying, What do you see? and I said, A kettle being fired up, and the face of it towards the face of the north. 14 And the lord said to me, From the face of the north shall burn away the evils upon all the ones dwelling in the land. 15 For behold, I call together all the kingdoms of the north, says the lord; and they shall come, and [2shall put 1each] his throne upon the thresholds of the gates of Jerusalem, and upon all the walls round about, and upon all the cities of Judah. 16 And I shall speak to them with judgment concerning all their evil, as they abandoned me, and they sacrificed to strange gods, and did obeisance to the works of their hands. 17 And you, gird your loin and rise up, and speak to them all as much as I should give charge to you! You should not be fearful from in front of them, nor should you be terrified before them, for [3with 4you 1I 2am] to rescue you, says the lord. 18 Behold, I have made you in today's day as [2city 1a fortified], and as [2wall 3of brass 1a fortified] all together against the kings of Judah, and its rulers, and to the people of the land. 19 And they shall wage war against you; but in no way shall they be able to prevail against you, because [3with 4you 1I 2am] to rescue you, said the lord.
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