Jeremiah 1:1 These are the Sermons of Ieremy the sonne of Helkiah the Preste, one of them that dwelt at Anathoth in the lande of Ben Iamin: Jeremiah 1:2 when the Lorde had fyrst spoken with him, in the tyme of Iosiah the sonne of Amon kynge of Iuda, in the .xiij. yeare of his reygne:
and the calling of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1:3 and so durynge vnto the tyme of Iehoakim the sonne of Iosiah kynge of Iuda, and vntyll the .xi. yeare of Zedekiah þe sonne of Iosiah kynge of Iuda were ended: when Ierusalem was taken, euen in the fyfth Moneth. Jeremiah 1:4 The worde of þe Lorde spake thus vnto me: Jeremiah 1:5 Before I fasshioned þe in thy mothers wombe, I dyd knowe the. And or euer thou wast borne, I sanctifyed þe, and ordeyned þe, to be a prophete vnto þe people. Jeremiah 1:6 Then sayde I: Oh Lorde God, I canne not speake, for I am yet but younge.
Jeremiah 1:7 And the Lorde answered me thus: Saye not so, I am to younge: For thou shalt goo to all that I shall sende the vnto, and whatsoeuer I commaunde the, that shalt thou speake. Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afrayed of their faces, for I am with the, to delyuer the, sayeth the Lorde. Jeremiah 1:9 And with that, the Lorde stretched oute his hande, and touched my mouth, & þe same lorde sayde vnto me. Behold, I put my wordes in thy mouth, Jeremiah 1:10 and beholde thys daye do I set the ouer the people & kyngdomes: that thou mayest rote out, breake of, destroye, & make waste: and þt thou mayest buylde vp & plante.
His prophetical visions of an almond rod and a seething pot.
Jeremiah 1:11 After this, the Lorde spake vnto me sayinge: Ieremy, what seyst þu? And I sayde: I se a rodde of an almond tree. Jeremiah 1:12 Then sayde þe Lorde vnto me: thou hast sene right, for I wyll make haste spedelye vpon my worde, to perfourme it. Jeremiah 1:13 It happened afterwarde, that the Lorde spake to me agayne, and sayde: What seest thou? And I sayde: I do se a seethynge pot, lokynge from out of the north. Jeremiah 1:14 Then sayde the Lorde vnto me: Out of the north shall come a plage vpon all þe dwellers of the lande.
His heavy message against Judah.
Jeremiah 1:15 For lo I wyll call all the kinredes of þe kyngdomes of þe north (sayeth the Lorde.) And they shall come, & euery one shall sett his seate in the gates of Ierusalem, and in all their walles rounde aboute & in all cyties of Iuda. Jeremiah 1:16 And thorowe them shall I declare my iudgement, vpon all the wyckednesse of those men þt haue forsaken me: that haue burnt incense vnto straunge goddes, & worshypped the workes of there awne handes.
God encourageth him with his promise of assistance.
Jeremiah 1:17 And therfore girde vp thy loynes, aryse, and tell them all, that I geue the in commaundement. Feare them not, lest I destroye the before them. Jeremiah 1:18 For beholde, this daye do I make the a stronge fensed towne, an yron pyler, and a brasen wall agaynst the whole lande, agaynst the kynges and myghtye men of Iuda, agaynst the prestes and people of the lande. Jeremiah 1:19 They shall fyght agaynst the: but they shall not be able to ouercomme the for I am wyth the, to delyuer the, sayeth the Lorde.