1The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2to whom the word of Yahweh came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.
4Now the word of Yahweh came to me saying, 5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations." 6Then I said, "Ah, the Lord Yahweh! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth." 7But Yahweh said to me,
11And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see a rod of almond." 12Then Yahweh said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it."
13The word of Yahweh came to me a second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north." 14Then Yahweh said to me, "Out of the north evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15For, lo, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says Yahweh; and they shall come and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 16And I will utter my judgments against them, for all their wickedness in forsaking me; they have burned incense to other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. 17But you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. 18And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land. 19They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says Yahweh, to deliver you."
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