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 Yahweh 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.
1:4 Then the word of Yahweh 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, Adonai Yahweh! behold, I cannot speak:
for I am a child.
1:7 But Yahweh 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 Yahweh.
1:9 Then Yahweh put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And
Yahweh said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy
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 Yahweh came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an
1:12 Then said Yahweh unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I
will hasten my word to perform it.
1:13 And the word of Yahweh 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 Yahweh 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 Yahweh; 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
1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not
prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith Yahweh, to