1The wordsof Jeremiahthe sonof Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathothin the landof Benjamin: 2To whom the wordof the LORDcame in the daysof Josiahthe sonof Amonkingof Judah, in the thirteenthyearof his reign. 3It came also in the daysof Jehoiakimthe sonof Josiahkingof Judah, unto the endof the eleventhyearof Zedekiahthe sonof Josiahkingof Judah, unto the carrying awayof Jerusalemcaptivein the fifthmonth.
4Then the wordof the LORDcame unto me, saying, 5BeforeI formedthee in the bellyI knewthee; and before thou camest forthout of the wombI sanctified thee, and I ordainedthee a prophetunto the nations. 6Then saidI, Ah, LordGOD! behold, I cannotspeak: for I am a child.
7But the LORDsaidunto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt goto all that I shall sendthee, and whatsoever I commandthee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraidof their faces: for I am with thee to deliverthee, saiththe LORD. 9Then the LORDput forthhis hand, and touchedmy mouth. And the LORDsaidunto me, Behold, I have putmy wordsin thy mouth. 10See, I have this daysetthee over the nationsand over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
11Moreover the wordof the LORDcame unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seestthou? And I said, I seea rodof an almond tree. 12Then saidthe LORDunto me, Thou hast wellseen: for I will hastenmy wordto perform it.
13And the wordof the LORDcame unto me the second time, saying, What seestthou? And I said, I seea seethingpot; and the face thereof is towardthe north. 14Then the LORDsaidunto me, Out of the northan evilshall break forthupon all the inhabitantsof the land. 15For, lo, I will callall the familiesof the kingdomsof the north, saiththe LORD; and they shall come, and they shall setevery onehis throneat the enteringof the gatesof Jerusalem, and against all the wallsthereof round about, and against all the citiesof Judah. 16And I will uttermy judgmentsagainst them touchingall their wickedness, who have forsakenme, and have burned incenseunto othergods, and worshippedthe worksof their own hands.
17Thou therefore gird upthy loins, and arise, and speakunto them all that I commandthee: be not dismayedat their faces, lest I confoundthee before them. 18For, behold, Ihave madethee this daya defencedcity, and an ironpillar, and brasenwallsagainst the whole land, against the kingsof Judah, against the princesthereof, against the prieststhereof, and against the peopleof the land. 19And they shall fightagainst thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saiththe LORD, to deliver thee.