1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
2to whom the word of Yahweh came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, continuing until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the people of Jerusalem were carried away captive in the fifth month.
7But Yahweh said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for to whoever I will send you, you will go, and whatever I will command you, you will speak.
8Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you, says Yahweh.”
9Then Yahweh reached out his hand and touched my mouth, and Yahweh said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10Behold, this day I have set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
12Then Yahweh said to me, “You have seen well, for I watch over my word to perform it.”
13The word of Yahweh came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?” I said, “I see a boiling caldron, and it is tipping away from the north.”
14Then Yahweh said to me, “Out of the north evil will break out on all the inhabitants of the land.
15For behold, I will call all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north,” says Yahweh, “and they will come, and they will each set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem and against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Judah.”
17“But you, tuck your cloak under your belt, get up and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them.
18For, behold, this day I have made you a fortified city, and an iron pillar and bronze walls against the whole land; against the kings of Judah, against its officials, against its priests and against the people of the land.
19They will fight against you but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you,” says Yahweh.