1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the
priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah
the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his
1:3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah
the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of
Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
The Call of Jeremiah
1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and
before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,
and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for
I am a child.
1:7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for
thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever
I command thee thou shalt speak.
1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to
deliver thee, saith the LORD.
1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in
1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and
over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to
destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an
1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I
will hasten my word to perform it.
1:13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time,
saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot;
and the face thereof is toward the north.
1:14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil
shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
1:15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms
of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they
shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates
of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about,
and against all the cities of Judah.
1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching
all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned
incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their
1:17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak
unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their
faces, lest I confound thee before them.
1:18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced
city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole
land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes
thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people
of the land.
1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not
prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to