Jeremiah 1:1-12 NLT

1 These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
2 The first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah.a

References for Jeremiah 1:2

    • 1:2 - The thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign was 627
      3 The ’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons. In Augustb of that eleventh year the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.

      References for Jeremiah 1:3

        • 1:3 - Hebrew In the fifth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. A number of events in Jeremiah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Babylonian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. The fifth month in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign occurred within the months of August and September 586 Also see 52:12 and the note there.
          4 The gave me this message:
          5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
          6 “O Sovereign ,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
          7 The replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.
          8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the , have spoken!”
          9 Then the reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
          10 Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”
          11 Then the said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?” And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.”
          12 And the said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching,c and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”

          References for Jeremiah 1:12

            • 1:12 - The Hebrew word for “watching” (shoqed) sounds like the word for “almond tree” (shaqed).