VIN(i) 1 The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah. He was one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the LORD came to him during the thirteen year of the reign of Ammon's son Josiah, the king of Judah 3 and it is in the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, till the completion of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah, king of Judah, till the removal of Jerusalem in the fifth month." 4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 I, Jeremiah, said: "Sovereign LORD, I do not know how to speak. I am only a child!" 7 the LORD said to me: "'Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go wherever I send you. You must say whatever I command you to say. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD stretched out his hand and touched my mouth. the LORD said to me: »I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I've appointed you to prophesy about nations and kingdoms, to pull up and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." 11 The word of the LORD came to me, asking, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" I replied, "I see an almond branch." 12 Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well; for I watch over my word to perform it." 13 The word of the LORD came to me a second time: "What do you see?" I replied, "I see a boiling pot, and its mouth is tilted away from the north." 14 Then the LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will pour out on all who live in the land, 15 For, look, I am calling to all the clans of the kingdoms of the north," declares the LORD, "and they will come and set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its surrounding walls, and against all the cities of Judah. 16 "I will pronounce judgment against my people because of all their wickedness. They abandoned me. They burned incense to other gods. They worshiped what their hands have made. 17 But you, you must gird your loins, and stand, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be afraid of them, or I will shatter you before them. 18 For, behold, today I have made you a fortified city, and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against her princes, against her priests, and to the people of the land. 19 "They will fight you but they will not defeat you. I am with you, and I will rescue you," declares the LORD.