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1 These are the words of Jeremiah, Hilkiah's son, who was one of the priests from Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
2 The LORD's word came to Jeremiah in the thirteenth year of Judah's King Josiah, Amon's son,
to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 and throughout the rule of Judah's King Jehoiakim, Josiah's son, until the fifth month of the eleventh year of King Zedekiah, Josiah's son, when the people of Jerusalem were taken into exile.
It came also in the days of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of King Zedekiah son of Josiah of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.
4 The LORD's word came to me:
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5 "Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations."
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
6 "Ah, LORD God," I said, "I don't know how to speak because I'm only a child."
Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy."
7 The LORD responded, "Don't say, ‘I'm only a child.' Where I send you, you must go; what I tell you, you must say.
But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, "I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8 Don't be afraid of them, because I'm with you to rescue you," declares the LORD.
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord."
9 Then the LORD stretched out his hand, touched my mouth, and said to me, "I'm putting my words in your mouth.
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 This very day I appoint you over nations and empires, to dig up and pull down, to destroy and demolish, to build and plant."
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
11 The LORD asked me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" I said, "A branch of an almond tree."
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch of an almond tree."
12 The LORD then said, "You are right, for I'm watching over my word until it is fulfilled."
Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it."
13 The LORD asked me again, "What do you see?" I said, "A pot boiling over from the north."
The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, tilted away from the north."
14 The LORD said to me, "Trouble will erupt from the north against the people of this land."
Then the Lord said to me: Out of the north disaster shall break out on all the inhabitants of the land.
15 I'm calling for all the tribes of great nations from the north, says the LORD, and they will set up their rulers by the entrances of Jerusalem, on its walls, and in every city of Judah.
For now I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says the Lord; and they shall come and all of them shall set their thrones at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its surrounding walls and against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will declare my judgment against them for doing evil: for abandoning me, worshipping other gods, and trusting in the works of their hands.
And I will utter my judgments against them, for all their wickedness in forsaking me; they have made offerings to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.
17 But you must prepare for battle and be ready to utter every word I command you. Don't be frightened before them, or I will frighten you before them.
But you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I will break you before them.
18 Today I have made you an armed city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall against the entire land—the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and all its people.
And I for my part have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall, against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land.
19 They will attack you, but they won't defeat you, because I am with you and will rescue you, declares the LORD.
They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.
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