Jeremiah 1:1-9 NLT

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

References for Jeremiah 1:2

    • a 1:2 - The thirteenth year of Josiah's reign was 627 <MS>B.C.</I>
      3 He continued to give messages throughout the reign of Josiah's son, King Jehoiakim, until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah's reign in Judah. In August of that year, b the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.

      References for Jeremiah 1:3

        • b 1:3 - Hebrew <I>In the fifth month,</I> of the Hebrew calendar. A number of events in Jeremiah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Babylonian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This month in the eleventh year of Zedekiah's reign occurred in August and September 586 <MS>B.C.</I> Also see 52:12 and the note there.
          4 The LORD gave me a message. He said,
          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 spokesman to the world."
          6 "O Sovereign LORD," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!"
          7 "Don't say that," the LORD replied, "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 take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
          9 Then the LORD touched my mouth and said, "See, I have put my words in your mouth!