Jeremiah’s Call and Commission
1:4 The Lord said to me,
1:5 “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb 1 I chose you. 2
Before you were born I set you apart.
I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
1:6 I answered, “Oh, Lord God, 3 I really 4 do not know how to speak well enough for that, 5 for I am too young.” 6 1:7 The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ But go 7 to whomever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 1:8 Do not be afraid of those to whom I send you, 8 for I will be with you to protect 9 you,” says the Lord. 1:9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I will most assuredly give you the words you are to speak for me. 10 1:10 Know for certain that 11 I hereby give you the authority to announce to nations and kingdoms that they will be 12 uprooted and torn down, destroyed and demolished, rebuilt and firmly planted.” 13
Visions Confirming Jeremiah’s Call and Commission
1:11 Later the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 1:12 Then the Lord said, “You have observed correctly. This means 14 I am watching to make sure my threats are carried out.” 15
1:13 The Lord again asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a pot of boiling water; it is tipped toward us from the north.” 16 1:14 Then the Lord said, “This means 17 destruction will break out from the north on all who live in the land. 1:15 For I will soon summon all the peoples of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord. “They will come and their kings will set up their thrones 18 near the entrances of the gates of Jerusalem. 19 They will attack all the walls surrounding it, and all the towns in Judah. 20 1:16 In this way 21 I will pass sentence 22 on the people of Jerusalem and Judah 23 because of all their wickedness. For they rejected me and offered sacrifices to other gods, worshiping what they made with their own hands.” 24
1:17 “But you, Jeremiah, 25 get yourself ready! 26 Go and tell these people everything I instruct you to say. Do not be terrified of them, or I will give you good reason to be terrified of them. 27 1:18 I, the Lord, 28 hereby promise to make you 29 as strong as a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall. You will be able to stand up against all who live in 30 the land, including the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and all the people of the land. 1:19 They will attack you but they will not be able to overcome you, for I will be with you to rescue you,” says the Lord.