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Jeremiah 1

Jeremiah’s Call and Commission

1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, [one] of the priests who were in [a]Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came during the thirteenth year (627 b.c.) of the reign of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. It came [to Jeremiah] 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, [and continuing] until the exile of [the people of] Jerusalem in the fifth month (July-August, 586 b.c.).

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument],
And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own];
I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I do not know how to speak,
For I am [only] a young man.”

But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am [only] a young man,’
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.

“Do not be afraid of them [or their hostile faces],
For I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the Lord.

Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me,

“Behold (hear Me), I have put My words in your mouth.
“See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To uproot and break down,
To destroy and to overthrow,
To build and to plant.”

The Almond Branch and Boiling Pot

11 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see the branch of an [b]almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north [its mouth about to pour out on the south, on Judea].” 14 Then the Lord said to me, “Out of the north the evil [which the prophets foretold as the result of national sin] will reveal itself and spill out on all the people of the land. 15 For, behold, I will call all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord; “and they will come and each one will set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its surrounding walls, and against all the cities of Judah [as My judicial act, the consequence of Judah’s deliberate disobedience]. 16 I will speak My judgments against them for all the wickedness of those who have abandoned (rejected) Me, offered sacrifices or burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the [idolatrous] works of their own hands. 17 But you [Jeremiah], [c]gird up your loins [in preparation]! Get up and tell them all which I command you. Do not be distraught and break down at the sight of their [hostile] faces, or I will bewilder you before them and allow you to be overcome. 18 Now behold, I have made you today like a fortified city and like an iron pillar and like bronze walls against the whole land—against the [successive] kings of Judah, against its leaders, against its priests, and against the people of the land [giving you divine strength which no hostile power can overcome]. 19 They will fight against you, but they will not [ultimately] prevail over you, for I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the Lord.

Notas al pie

  1. Jeremiah 1:1 Jeremiah’s hometown, two or three miles north of Jerusalem.
  2. Jeremiah 1:11 The almond tree was known as the “awake tree” because it was the first tree to bud in the new year (late January). It was the symbol of watchfulness.
  3. Jeremiah 1:17 Gird up your loins, a phrase often found in the Bible, may be an urgent call to get ready for immediate action, or it may be a call to prepare for a coming action or event. The phrase is related to the type of clothing worn in ancient times. To keep from impeding the wearer during any vigorous activity, e.g. battle, exercise, strenuous work, etc., the loose ends of a garment (tunic, cloaks, mantle, etc.) had to be gathered up and tucked into the girdle. The girdle was a band about six inches wide that had fasteners in front. It was worn around the loins (the midsection of the body between the lower ribs and the hips) and was normally made of leather.

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Jeremías 1

1Estas son las palabras de Jeremías hijo de Jilquías. Jeremías provenía de una familia sacerdotal de Anatot, ciudad del territorio de Benjamín. La palabra del Señor vino a Jeremías en el año trece del reinado de Josías hijo de Amón, rey de Judá. También vino a él durante el reinado de Joacim hijo de Josías, rey de Judá, y hasta el fin del reinado de Sedequías hijo de Josías, rey de Judá; es decir, hasta el quinto mes del año undécimo de su reinado, cuando la población de Jerusalén fue deportada.

Llamamiento de Jeremías

La palabra del Señor vino a mí:

«Antes de formarte en el vientre,
    ya te había elegido;
antes de que nacieras,
    ya te había apartado;
    te había nombrado profeta para las naciones».

Yo le respondí:

«¡Ah, Señor mi Dios! ¡Soy muy joven, y no sé hablar!»

Pero el Señor me dijo:

«No digas: “Soy muy joven”, porque vas a ir adondequiera que yo te envíe, y vas a decir todo lo que yo te ordene. No le temas a nadie, que yo estoy contigo para librarte». Lo afirma el Señor.

Luego extendió el Señor la mano y, tocándome la boca, me dijo:

«He puesto en tu boca mis palabras. 10 Mira, hoy te doy autoridad sobre naciones y reinos,

»para arrancar y derribar,
para destruir y demoler,
para construir y plantar».

11 La palabra del Señor vino a mí, y me dijo:

«¿Qué es lo que ves, Jeremías?»

«Veo una rama de almendro», respondí.

12 «Has visto bien —dijo el Señor—, porque yo estoy alerta[a] para que se cumpla mi palabra».

13 La palabra del Señor vino a mí por segunda vez, y me dijo:

«¿Qué es lo que ves?»

«Veo una olla que hierve y se derrama desde el norte», respondí.

14 Entonces el Señor me dijo:

«Desde el norte se derramará la calamidad sobre todos los habitantes del país. 15 Yo estoy por convocar a todas las tribus de los reinos del norte —afirma el Señor—.

»Vendrán, y cada uno pondrá su trono
    a la entrada misma de Jerusalén;
vendrán contra todos los muros que la rodean,
    y contra todas las ciudades de Judá.
16 Yo dictaré sentencia contra mi pueblo,
    por toda su maldad,
    porque me han abandonado;
han quemado incienso a otros dioses,
    y han adorado las obras de sus manos.

17 »Pero tú, ¡prepárate! Ve y diles todo lo que yo te ordene. No temas ante ellos, pues de lo contrario yo haré que sí les temas. 18 Hoy te he puesto como ciudad fortificada, como columna de hierro y muro de bronce, contra todo el país, contra los reyes de Judá, contra sus autoridades y sus sacerdotes, y contra la gente del país. 19 Pelearán contra ti, pero no podrán vencerte, porque yo estoy contigo para librarte», afirma el Señor.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:11-12 En hebreo, las palabras que corresponden a almendro y yo estoy alerta tienen un sonido parecido.