Jeremiah 1-5New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
The Prophet Is Called
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
14 Then the Lord said to me:
“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
God’s Case Against Israel
2 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord:
4 Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the Lord:
“What injustice have your fathers found in Me,
9 “Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the Lord,
14 “Is Israel a servant?
20 “For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds;
23 “How can you say, ‘I am not polluted,
26 “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out,
29 “Why will you plead with Me?
31 “O generation, see the word of the Lord!
33 “Why do you beautify your way to seek love?
Israel Is Shameless
3 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife,
2 “Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see:
A Call to Repentance
6 The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.
11 Then the Lord said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:
‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord;
14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.
17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.
18 “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.
19 “But I said:
‘How can I put you among the children
“And I said:
‘You shall call Me, “My Father,”
21 A voice was heard on the desolate heights,
22 “Return, you backsliding children,
“Indeed we do come to You,
4 “If you will return, O Israel,” says the Lord,
3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground,
An Imminent Invasion
5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:
“Blow the trumpet in the land;
9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord,
10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God!
11 At that time it will be said
13 “Behold, he shall come up like clouds,
14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness,
Sorrow for the Doomed Nation
19 O my soul, my soul!
22 “For My people are foolish,
23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;
27 For thus says the Lord:
“The whole land shall be desolate;
30 “And when you are plundered,
31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in labor,
The Justice of God’s Judgment
5 “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;
3 O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?
4 Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor.
But these have altogether broken the yoke
7 “How shall I pardon you for this?
10 “Go up on her walls and destroy,
12 They have lied about the Lord,
14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Because you speak this word,
18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the Lord, “I will not make a complete end of you. 19 And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’
20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing
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