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The Call of Jeremiah
The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah,
of the priests that 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, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
4 And the word of the LORD came unto me,
womb I sanctified thee;
Say not: I am a child;
And whatsoever I shall command thee thou
shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of them;
For I am with thee to deliver thee,
Saith the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth His hand, and touched my mouth; and the LORD said unto me:
Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth; 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations
and over the kingdoms,
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying: “Jeremiah, what seest thou?' And I said: 'I see a rod of an almond-tree.'
12 Then said the LORD unto me: "Thou hast well seen; for I watch over My word to perform it.'
13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying: 'What seest thou?' And I said: 'I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is from the north.' 14 Then the LORD said unto me: 'Out of the north the evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will utter My judgments against them touching all their wick edness; in that they have forsaken Me, and have offered unto other gods, and worshipped the work of their own hands. 17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee; be not dismayed at them, lest I dismay thee before them. 18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a fortified city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof,
and against the people of the land. they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.'
Moral Corruption and Its Results
Oh that I were in the wilderness,
An assembly of treacherous men. 2 And they bend their tongue, their bow of
not for truth;
Saith the LORD.
And trust ye not in any brother;
ders. 4 And they deceive every one his neighbour,
And truth they speak not;
They weary themselves to commit iniquity. 5 Thy habitation is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse to know Me,
6 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts:
Behold, I will smelt them, and try them;
For how else should I do,
Because of the daughter of My people? 7 Their tongue is a sharpened arrow,
It speaketh deceit;
Saith the LORD;
9 For the mountains will I take up a weeping
and wailing, And for the pastures of the wilderness a
lamentation, Because they are burned up, so that none
passeth through. And they hear not the voice of the cattle; Both the fowl of the heavens and the beast
Are fled, and gone.
A lair of jackals;
11 Who is the wise man, that he may under
LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it?
none passeth through? 12 And the LORD saith:
Because they have forsaken My law which I
set before them. And have not hearkened to My voice, nei
ther walked therein; 13 But have walked after the stubbornness of
their own heart, And after the Baalim, which their fathers
taught them. 14 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel:
with wormwood, And give them water of gall to drink. 15 I will scatter them also among the nations, Whom neither they nor their fathers have
22 Thus saith the LORD:
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
That he understandeth, and knoweth Me,