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Jeremiah 1 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah. He belonged to the family of priests who lived in the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. 1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.
2 The Lord spoke his word to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah. 2 The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah,
3 The Lord also spoke to Jeremiah while Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah and during the eleven years that Zedekiah son of Josiah was king of Judah. In the fifth month of his last year, the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives. 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.
4 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
6 Then I said, "But Lord God, I don't know how to speak. I am only a boy." 6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
7 But the Lord said to me, "Don't say, 'I am only a boy.' You must go everywhere I send you, and you must say everything I tell you to say. 7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
8 Don't be afraid of anyone, because I am with you to protect you," says the Lord. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth. He said to me, "See, I am putting my words in your mouth. 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 Today I have put you in charge of nations and kingdoms. You will pull up and tear down, destroy and overthrow, build up and plant." 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
11 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: "Jeremiah, what do you see?" I answered, "I see a stick of almond wood." 11 The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied.
12 The Lord said to me, "You have seen correctly, because I am watching to make sure my words come true." 12 The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."
13 The Lord spoke his word to me again: "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a pot of boiling water, tipping over from the north." 13 The word of the LORD came to me again: "What do you see?" "I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north," I answered.
14 The Lord said to me, "Disaster will come from the north and strike all the people who live in this country. 14 The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.
15 In a short time I will call all of the people in the northern kingdoms," said the Lord. "Those kings will come and set up their thrones near the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem. and all the cities in Judah. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah.
16 And I will announce my judgments against my people because of their evil in turning away from me. They offered sacrifices to other gods and worshiped idols they had made with their own hands. 16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.
17 "Jeremiah, get ready. Stand up and tell them everything I command you to say. Don't be afraid of the people, or I will give you good reason to be afraid of them. 17 "Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.
18 Today I am going to make you a strong city, an iron pillar, a bronze wall. You will be able to stand against everyone in the land: Judah's kings, officers, priests, and the people of the land. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you, but they will not defeat you, because I am with you to protect you!" says the Lord. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.