The Almond Branch and Boiling Pot

11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “What do you see, (A)Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a branch of an [a]almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for (B)I am [b]watching over My word to perform it.”

13 And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “(C)What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling (D)pot, facing away from the north.” 14 Then the Lord said to me, “(E)Out of the north the evil [c]will be unleashed on all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For, behold, I am calling (F)all the families of the kingdoms of the north,” declares the Lord; “and they will come and (G)place, each one of them, his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls around, and against all the (H)cities of Judah. 16 And I will [d]pronounce My judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, since they have (I)abandoned Me and have [e](J)offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the (K)works of their own hands. 17 Now, (L)belt your garment around your waist and arise, and speak to them all that I command you. (M)Do not be dismayed before them, or I will make you dismayed before them. 18 Now behold, I have made you today like a fortified city and like a pillar of iron and walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its leaders, to its priests, and to the people of the land. 19 And they will fight against you but they will not overcome you, for (N)I am with you to save you,” declares the Lord.

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  1. Jeremiah 1:11 Heb shaqed, see note v 12
  2. Jeremiah 1:12 Heb shoqed, a wordplay on almond in v 11 (see note v 11)
  3. Jeremiah 1:14 Lit opened
  4. Jeremiah 1:16 Lit speak
  5. Jeremiah 1:16 Or burned incense