The Book of the Prophet
Jeremiah was foreordained to be a prophet unto the nations—He is called as a mortal to declare the word of the Lord.
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in aAnathoth in the land of Benjamin:
2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth ayear of his reign.
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 acarrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
5 Before I aformed thee in the belly I bknew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I csanctified thee, and I dordained thee a prophet unto the enations.
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot aspeak: for I am a bchild.
7 ¶ But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall asend thee, and whatsoever I bcommand thee thou shalt cspeak.
8 Be not aafraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my amouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my bwords in thy cmouth.
10 See, I have this day aset thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to bpull down, and to destroy, and to cthrow down, to dbuild, and to plant.
11 ¶ Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what aseest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.
12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
13 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a aseething bpot; and the face thereof is toward the north.
14 Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the anorth an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
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 agates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have aforsaken me, and have burned incense unto other bgods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
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.
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 aprinces thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
19 And they shall afight against thee; but they shall not bprevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.