THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Jeremiah foreordained to be a prophet unto the nations—He is called, as a mortal, to declare the word of the Lord.
words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were
in the land of Benjamin:
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.
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.
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Then said I, Ah, Lord God
! behold, I cannot aspeak
: for I am
¶ 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
Be not aafraid
of their faces: for I am
with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord
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
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.
¶ 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.
Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
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.
Then the Lord
said unto me, Out of the anorth
an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
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.
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.
¶ 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.
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.
And they shall afight
against thee; but they shall not bprevail
against thee; for I am
with thee, saith the Lord
, to deliver thee.