1 The words of Jeremiyah the son of Hilkiyah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. 2 Yehowah’s word*“Yehowah” is Elohim’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “Yehowah” (all caps) in other translations. came to him in the days of Josiyah the son of Amon, king of Yehudah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Yehowiakim the son of Josiyah, king of Yehudah, to the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiyah, the son of Josiyah, king of Yehudah, to the carrying away of Yeruwshalaim captive in the fifth month. 4 Now Yehowah’s word came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.
Before you were born, I sanctified you.
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Master†The word translated “Master” is “Adonai.” Yehowah! Behold,‡“Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection. I don’t know how to speak; for I am a child.”
7 But Yehowah said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am a child;’ for you must go to whomever I send you, and you must say whatever I command you. 8 Don’t be afraid because of them, for I am with you to rescue you,” says Yehowah.
9 Then Yehowah stretched out his hand, and touched my mouth. Then Yehowah said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 Behold, I have today set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
11 Moreover Yehowah’s word came to me, saying, “Jeremiyah, what do you see?”
I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
12 Then Yehowah said to me, “You have seen well; for I watch over my word to perform it.”
13 Yehowah’s word came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”
I said, “I see a boiling cauldron; and it is tipping away from the north.”
“They will come, and they will each set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Yeruwshalaim,
and against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Yehudah.
16 I will utter my judgments against them concerning all their wickedness,
in that they have forsaken me,
and have burned incense to other gods,
and worshiped the works of their own hands.
17 “You therefore put your belt on your waist, arise, and say to them all that I command you. Don’t be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them. 18 For, behold, I have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Yehudah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they will not prevail against you; for I am with you”, says Yehowah, “to rescue you.”
*1:2: “Yehowah” is Elohim’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “Yehowah” (all caps) in other translations.
†1:6: The word translated “Master” is “Adonai.”
‡1:6: “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.