The words of 1Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priestswho were in 2Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
to whom the word of the LORDcame in the days of 3Josiah the son of 4Amon, king of Judah, in the 5thirteenthyear of his reign.
It came also in the days of 6Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventhyear of 7Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifthmonth.
Now the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
5"Before I 8formed you in the womb I knew you, And 9before you were born I consecrated you; I have 10appointed you a prophet to the nations."
Then 11I said, "Alas, LordaGOD ! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because12I am a youth."
But the LORDsaid to me, "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' 13Becauseeverywhere I send you, you shall go, And 14all that I command you, you shall speak.
"15Do not be afraid of them, For 16I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.
Then the LORDstretched out His hand and 17touched my mouth, and the LORDsaid to me, "Behold, I have 18put My words in your mouth.
10"See, 19I have appointed you thisdayover the nations and over the kingdoms, 20To pluck up and to breakdown, To destroy and to overthrow, 21To build and to plant."
The word of the LORDcame to me saying, "What do you see, 22Jeremiah ?" And I said, "I see a rod of an balmondtree."
Then the LORDsaid to me, "You have seenwell, for 23I am cwatchingover My word to perform it."
The word of the LORDcame to me a secondtimesaying, "24What do you see ?" And I said, "I see a boiling25pot, facing away from the north."
Then the LORDsaid to me, "26Out of the north the evildwill breakforth on all the inhabitants of the land.
"For, behold, I am calling27all the families of the kingdoms of the north," declares the LORD ; "and they will come and they will 28seteachone his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and againstall its wallsroundabout and againstall the 29cities of Judah.
"I will epronounce My judgments on them concerningall their wickedness, whereby they have 30forsaken Me and have f31offeredsacrifices to othergods, and worshiped the 32works of their own hands.
"Now, 33gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them allwhich I command you. 34Do not be dismayedbefore them, or I will dismay you before them.
"Now behold, I have made you today as a fortifiedcity and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronzeagainst the wholeland, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.
"They will fightagainst you, but they will not overcome you, for 35I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.