Jeremiah 1 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from Anathoth, a town 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 first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of King Josiah's reign in 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 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, 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 gave me a message. He said, 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
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." 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 "O Sovereign LORD," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!" 6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
7 "Don't say that," the LORD replied, "for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 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 And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!" 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD touched my mouth and said, "See, I have put 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 appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. You are to uproot some and tear them down, to destroy and overthrow them. You are to build others up and plant them." 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 Then the LORD said to me, "Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?"And I replied, "I see a branch from an almond tree." 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 And the LORD said, "That's right, and it means that I am watching, and I will surely carry out my threats of punishment." 12 The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."
13 Then the LORD spoke to me again and asked, "What do you see now?"And I replied, "I see a pot of boiling water, tipping 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 "Yes," the LORD said, "for terror from the north will boil out on the people of this land. 14 The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.
15 Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. They will set their thrones at the gates of the city. They will attack its walls and all the other towns of 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 I will pronounce judgment on my people for all their evil -- for deserting me and worshiping other gods. Yes, they worship idols that they themselves have made! 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 "Get up and get dressed. Go out, and tell them whatever I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front 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 For see, today I have made you immune to their attacks. You are strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. None of the kings, officials, priests, or people of Judah will be able to stand against you. 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 try, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!" 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.