1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Before you were born I sanctified[a] you;
I [b]ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”
And I said, “I see a [c]branch of an almond tree.”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land —
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
Jeremiah, 1 chapter. New King James Version.