King James VersionJeremiah1


1 The words of Jeremi­ah the son of Hilki­ah, of the priests that were in Anathoth 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 year 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 car­ry­ing away of Jerusalem cap­tive in the fifth month. 4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, say­ing, 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. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! be­hold, I can­not speak: for I am a child. 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. 8 Be not afraid 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 mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Be­hold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 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. 11 More­over the word of the LORD came unto me, say­ing, Jeremi­ah, what seest 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 seething pot; and the face there­of is to­ward the north. 14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north 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 gates 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 for­sak­en me, and have burned in­cense unto oth­er gods, 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 princes there­of, against the priests there­of, and against the peo­ple of the land. 19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not pre­vail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to de­liv­er thee.