1 The words of N52Jeremiah ( Yirmeyahu) the son of Hilkiah (Chilqiyahu), of the priests (kohanim) that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin (Binyamin),
2 To whom the word of יהוה came in the days of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) the son of Amon king of Judah (Yehudah), in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 It came also in the days of Yehoyaqim the son of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) king of Judah (Yehudah), unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah (Tsidqiyahu) the son of Josiah (Yoshiyahu) king of Judah (Yehudah), unto the carrying away of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) captive in the fifth month.
4 Then the word of יהוה came unto me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you camest forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations.”
6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord (Adonai) יהוה! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a child.”
7 But יהוה said unto me, “Say not, ‘I am a child,’ for you shalt go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you you shalt speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” saith יהוה.
9 Then יהוה put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And יהוה said unto me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you 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 יהוה came unto me, saying, “Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu), what seest you?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree.”
12 Then said יהוה unto me, “You have well seen, for I will hasten My word to perform it.”
13 And the word of יהוה came unto me the second time, saying, “What seest you?” And I said, “I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.”
14 Then יהוה said unto me, “Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For, behold, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north,” saith יהוה; “and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah (Yehudah).
16 And I will utter My judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods (elohim), and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17 You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command you. Be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound you before them.
18 For, behold, I have made you this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah (Yehudah), against the princes thereof, against the priests (kohanim) thereof, and against the people of the land.
19 And they shall fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you,” saith יהוה, “to deliver you.”