NASB — Jeremiah 1 — KJV

Jeremiah’s Call and Commission

1 The words of aJeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in bAnathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of aJosiah the son of bAmon, king of Judah, in the cthirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of aJehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of bZedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

[1] a2Ch 35:25; 36:12, 21, 22; Ezr 1:1; Dn 9:2; Mt 2:17; 16:14; 27:9 bJsh 21:18; 1K 2:26; 1Ch 6:60; Is 10:30; Jr 11:21; 32:7
[2] a1K 13:2; 2K 21:24; 22:3; 2Ch 34:1; Jr 3:6; 36:2 b2K 21:18, 24 cJr 25:3
[3] a2K 23:34; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 36:5-8; Jr 25:1 b2K 24:17; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 36:11-13; Jr 39:2

4 ¶ Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
  5 “Before I aformed you in the womb I knew you,
  And bbefore you were born I consecrated you;
  I have cappointed you a prophet to the nations.”
  6 Then aI said, “Alas, Lord IGOD!
  Behold, I do not know how to speak,
  Because bI am a youth.”
  7 But the LORD said to me,
  “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
  aBecause everywhere I send you, you shall go,
  And ball that I command you, you shall speak.
  8aDo not be afraid of them,
  For bI am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD stretched out His hand and atouched my mouth, and the LORD said to me,
  “Behold, I have bput My words in your mouth.
  10 “See, aI have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
  bTo pluck up and to break down,
  To destroy and to overthrow,
  cTo build and to plant.”

[5] aPs 139:15, 16 bIs 49:1, 5; Lk 1:15 cJr 1:10; 25:15-26
[6] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aEx 4:10 b1K 3:7
[7] aEzk 2:3, 4 bNu 22:20; Jr 1:17
[8] aEx 3:12; Dt 31:6; Jsh 1:5; Jr 15:20 bEzk 2:6
[9] aIs 6:7; Mk 7:33-35 bEx 4:11-16; Dt 18:18; Is 51:16
[10] aRv 11:3-6 bJr 18:7-10; Ezk 32:18; 2Co 10:4 cIs 44:26-28; Jr 24:6; 31:28, 40

The Almond Rod and Boiling Pot

11 ¶ The word of the LORD came to me saying, “What do you see, aJeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an Ialmond tree.” 12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for aI am Iwatching over My word to perform it.”

[11] IHeb shaqed aJr 24:3; Am 7:8
[12] IHeb shoqed aJr 31:28

13 ¶ The word of the LORD came to me a second time saying, “aWhat do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling bpot, facing away from the north.” 14 Then the LORD said to me, “aOut of the north the evil Iwill break forth on all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For, behold, I am calling aall the families of the kingdoms of the north,” declares the LORD; “and they will come and they will bset each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls round about and against all the ccities of Judah. 16 I will Ipronounce My judgments on them concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have aforsaken Me and have IIboffered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the cworks of their own hands. 17 Now, agird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. bDo not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them. 18 Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for aI am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.

[13] aZc 4:2 bEzk 11:3, 7
[14] ILit will be opened aIs 41:25; Jr 4:6; 10:22
[15] aJr 25:9 bIs 22:7; Jr 39:3 cJr 4:16; 9:11
[16] ILit speak IIOr burned incense aDt 28:20 bJr 7:9; 19:4; 44:17 cIs 2:8; 37:19; Jr 10:3-5
[17] a1K 18:46; Jb 38:3 bEzk 2:6; 3:16-18
[19] aNu 14:9; Jr 1:8; 20:11


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The time,

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.

[1] Jsh 21:17; 1Ch 6:60; 2Ch 36:21; Is 1:1; 2:1; Jr 11:21; 32:7; Ezk 1:3; Am 1:1; 7:10.
[2] 1K 13:20; 2K 21:25; 22:1; 2Ch 34:1; Jr 1:4, 11; Ho 1:1; Jna 1:1; Mi 1:1.

and the calling of Jeremiah.

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.

[3] 2K 24:1, 17; 25:1, 8; 2Ch 36:5, 11; Jr 21:1; 25:1; 26:1; 28:1; 34:1; 35:1; 37:1; 52:1, 12, 15; Zc 7:5; 8:19.
[4] Jr 1:2; Ezk 1:3; 3:16.
[5] Ex 33:12, 17; Ps 71:5; Is 49:1, 5; Lk 1:15, 41, 76; Ro 1:1; 8:29; Ga 1:15; Ep 1:22; 4:11; 2Ti 2:19.
[6] Ex 4:1, 10; 6:12, 30; 1K 3:7; Is 6:5; Jr 4:10; 14:13; 32:17.

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.

[7] Ex 7:1; Nu 22:20, 38; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13; Jr 1:17; Ezk 2:3; 3:17, 27; Mt 28:20; Mk 16:15; Ac 20:27.
[8] Ex 3:12; Dt 31:6, 8; Jsh 1:5, 9; Is 43:2; 51:7, 12; Jr 1:17; 15:20; 20:11; Ezk 2:6; 3:8; Mt 10:26; 28:20; Lk 12:4; Ac 4:13, 29; 7:9; 18:10; 26:17; 2Co 1:8; Ep 6:20; 2Ti 4:17; He 13:5.
[9] Ex 4:11, 15; Is 6:6; 49:2; 50:4; 51:16; Jr 5:14; Ezk 3:10; Mt 10:19; Lk 12:12; 21:15.
[10] 1K 17:1; 19:17; Is 44:26; Jr 18:7, 9; 24:6; 25:15; 27:2; 31:4, 28; 46:1; Ezk 32:18; 36:36; 43:3; Am 3:7; 9:11; Zc 1:6; 2Co 10:4; Rv 11:3; 19:19.

His prophetical visions of an almond rod and a seething pot.

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.

[11] Nu 17:8; Ezk 7:10; Am 7:8; 8:2; Zc 4:2; 5:2.
[12] Dt 5:28; 18:17; 32:35; Jr 39:1; 52:1; Ezk 12:22, 25, 28; Am 8:2; Lk 10:28; 20:39.
[13] Gn 41:32; Ezk 11:3, 7; 24:3; 2Co 13:1.
[14] Is 41:25; Jr 4:6; 6:1, 22; 10:22; 31:8; 46:20; 50:9, 41; Ezk 1:4.

His heavy message against Judah.

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.

[15] Dt 28:49; Is 22:7; Jr 4:16; 5:15; 6:22; 9:11; 10:22, 25; 25:9, 28, 31; 33:10; 34:22; 39:3; 43:10; 44:6; Lm 5:11.
[16] Dt 28:20; 31:16; Jsh 24:20; 2K 22:17; 2Ch 7:19; 15:2; 34:25; Is 2:8; 37:19; 44:15; 65:3; Jr 2:13, 17; 4:12, 28; 5:9, 29; 7:9; 10:8, 15; 11:12, 17; 15:6; 16:11; 17:13; 19:4; 44:17; 51:17; Ezk 8:9; 24:14; Ho 8:6; 11:2; Jol 2:11; Mt 23:35; Ac 7:41.

God encourageth him with his promise of assistance.

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.

[17] Ex 3:12; 7:2; 1K 18:46; 2K 4:29; 9:1; Jb 38:3; Jr 1:7, 8; 17:18; 23:28; Ezk 2:6; 3:10, 14; 33:6; Jna 3:2; Lk 12:35; Ac 20:20, 27; 1Co 9:16; 1Th 2:2; 1P 1:13.
[18] Is 50:7; Jr 6:27; 15:20; 21:4; 22:1; 26:12; 34:3, 20; 36:27; 37:7; 38:2, 18; 42:22; Ezk 3:8; Mi 3:8; Jn 1:42.
[19] Jsh 1:9; Ps 129:2; Jr 1:8; 11:19; 15:10, 20; 20:1; 26:11; 29:25; 37:11; 38:6.


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