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          DASV: Jeremiah 1    

1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests
from Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
2 The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of
the reign of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
3 It also came in the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,
king of Judah, until the fifth month of the eleventh year of
Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, when Jerusalem
was carried away into exile.

4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
      before you came out of the womb I consecrated you;
      I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

6 Then I replied, "O, sovereign LORD! I don't know how to speak,
for I am too young."
7 But the LORD answered me, "Do not say 'I am too young;' for you
will go to whomever I send you, and you must say whatever
I tell you to.
8 Do not be afraid because of them, for I am with you to
rescue you," says the LORD.
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth.
The LORD said to me, "Look, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I have appointed you over the nations and over
the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and
to overthrow, to build and to plant."

11 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what
do you see?" I replied, "I see a branch of an almond tree."
12 Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen accurately,
for I am watching over my word to perform it."

13 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying,
"What do you see?" I replied, "I see a pot of boiling water;
tipping at us from the north."
14 Then the LORD said to me, "Out of the north evil will break out
on all the inhabitants of this land.
15 For I am about to call all the tribes of the kingdoms of
the north," says the LORD;
      "They will come, and they will all set their thrones
           at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
           against all the walls that surround it
           and against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will declare my judgments against them
           concerning all their wickedness in forsaking me.
      They have burned incense to other gods,
           and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17 But prepare yourself for action, stand up, and tell them
everything that I command you. Do not be afraid of them,
or I myself will make you afraid before them.
18 For I have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar,
and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land, against the
kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people
of the land.
19 They will fight against you but they will not overcome you,
because I am with you," says the LORD, "to rescue you."

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