Jeremiah 1

1The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one a  of the priests who were in b  Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2to whom the word of the  Lord came in the days of c  Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in d  the thirteenth year of his reign. 3It came also in the days of e  Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and f  until the end of the eleventh year of g  Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, h  until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

The Call of Jeremiah

4Now the word of the  Lord came to me, saying,

5 i  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born j  I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet k  to the nations.”

6Then I said, “Ah, Lord  God! Behold, l  I do not know how to speak, m  for I am only a youth.” 7But the  Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and n  whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 o  Do not be afraid of them,
p  for I am with you to deliver you,

declares the  Lord.”

9 q  Then the  Lord put out his hand and r  touched my mouth. And the  Lord said to me,

Behold, I have put s  my words in your mouth.
10See, I have set you this day t  over nations and over kingdoms,
u  to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

11And the word of the  Lord came to me, saying, v  Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond
 Almond sounds like the Hebrew for watching (compare verse 12)
12Then the  Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

13The word of the  Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see x  a boiling pot, facing away y  from the north.” 14Then the  Lord said to me, z  Out of the north disaster
The Hebrew word can mean evil, harm, or  disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jeremiah
shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15For behold ab  I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the  Lord ac  and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah. 16And ad  I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil ae  in forsaking me. af  They have made offerings to other gods and ag  worshiped the works of their own hands. 17But you, ah  dress yourself for work;
Hebrew gird up your loins
arise, and aj  say to them everything that I command you. ak  Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
18And I, behold, I make you this day al  a fortified city, am  an iron pillar, and an  bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 ao  They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for ap  I am with you, declares the  Lord, to deliver you.”

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