The Message

Jeremiah 1

Demolish, and Then Start Over

11-4 The Message of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah of the family of priests who lived in Anathoth in the country of Benjamin. God’s Message began to come to him during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amos reigned over Judah. It continued to come to him during the time Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned over Judah. And it continued to come to him clear down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah over Judah, the year that Jerusalem was taken into exile. This is what God said:

“Before I shaped you in the womb,
    I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
    I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
    that’s what I had in mind for you.”

But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me.
    I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!”

7-8 God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’
    I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there.
I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it.
    Don’t be afraid of a soul.
I’ll be right there, looking after you.”
    God’s Decree.

9-10 God reached out, touched my mouth, and said,
    “Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do
    among nations and governments—a red-letter day!
Your job is to pull up and tear down,
    take apart and demolish,
And then start over,
    building and planting.”

Stand Up and Say Your Piece

11-12 God’s Message came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
    I said, “A walking stick—that’s all.”
And God said, “Good eyes! I’m sticking with you.
    I’ll make every word I give you come true.”

13-15 God’s Message came again: “So what do you see now?”
    I said, “I see a boiling pot, tipped down toward us.”
Then God told me, “Disaster will pour out of the north
    on everyone living in this land.
Watch for this: I’m calling all the kings out of the north.”
    God’s Decree.

15-16 “They’ll come and set up headquarters
    facing Jerusalem’s gates,
Facing all the city walls,
    facing all the villages of Judah.
I’ll pronounce my judgment on the people of Judah
    for walking out on me—what a terrible thing to do!—
And courting other gods with their offerings,
    worshiping as gods sticks they’d carved, stones they’d painted.

17 “But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work!
    Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say.
Don’t pull your punches
    or I’ll pull you out of the lineup.

18-19 “Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work.
    I’m making you as impregnable as a castle,
Immovable as a steel post,
    solid as a concrete block wall.
You’re a one-man defense system
    against this culture,
Against Judah’s kings and princes,
    against the priests and local leaders.
They’ll fight you, but they won’t
    even scratch you.
I’ll back you up every inch of the way.”
    God’s Decree.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Jeremiah 1

1Èyí ni ọ̀rọ̀ Jeremiah ọmọ Hilkiah ọ̀kan nínú àwọn àlùfáà ní Anatoti ní agbègbè ilẹ̀ Benjamini. Ọ̀rọ̀ Olúwa sì tọ̀ ọ́ wá ní ọdún kẹtàlá ní àkókò ìjọba Josiah ọmọ Amoni ọba Juda, Àti títí dé àsìkò Jehoiakimu ọmọ Josiah ọba Juda, títí dé oṣù karùn-ún ọdún kọkànlá Sedekiah ọmọ Josiah ọba Juda, nígbà tí àwọn ará Jerusalẹmu lọ sí ìgbèkùn.

Ìpè Jeremiah

Ọ̀rọ̀ Olúwa sì tọ̀ mí wá, wí pé,

Kí ó tó di pé mo dá ọ láti inú ni mo ti mọ̀ ọ́n,
    kí ó sì tó di pé a bí ọ ni mo ti yà ọ́ sọ́tọ̀.
    Mo yàn ọ́ gẹ́gẹ́ bí wòlíì fún àwọn orílẹ̀-èdè.

Mo sọ pé, “Háà! Olúwa Olódùmarè, ọmọdé ni mí, èmi kò mọ bí a ṣe é sọ̀rọ̀.”

Olúwa sọ fún mi pé, “Má ṣe sọ pé, ‘Ọmọdé lásán ni mí.’ O gbọdọ̀ ní láti lọ sí ọ̀dọ̀ gbogbo àwọn tí mo rán ọ sí, kí o sì sọ ohun tí mo pàṣẹ fún ọ.” Olúwa sì wí pé má ṣe bẹ̀rù wọn, nítorí tí èmi wà pẹ̀lú rẹ èmi ó sì gbà ọ́.

Olúwa sì na ọwọ́ rẹ̀, ó sì fi kàn mí lẹ́nu, ó sì wí fún mi pé nísinsin yìí mo ti fi ọ̀rọ̀ mi sí inú ẹnu rẹ 10 Wò ó, mo yàn ọ́ lórí àwọn orílẹ̀-èdè àti ìjọba gbogbo láti fàtu, láti wó lulẹ̀, láti bàjẹ́, láti jágbà, láti máa kọ́, àti láti máa gbìn.

11 Ọ̀rọ̀ Olúwa sì tọ mí wá wí pé:

“Kí ni o rí Jeremiah?”

Mo sì dáhùn wí pé “Mo rí ẹ̀ka igi almondi.”

12 Olúwa sì wí fún mi pé, “Ó ti rí i bí ó ṣe yẹ, nítorí pé mo ti ń ṣọ láti rí i pé ọ̀rọ̀ mi wá sí ìmúṣẹ.”

13 Ọ̀rọ̀ Olúwa sì tún tọ̀ mi wá ní ẹ̀ẹ̀kejì pé, “Kí ni o rí?” Mo sì dáhùn pé mo rí ìkòkò gbígbóná, tí ó ń ru láti apá àríwá.

14 Olúwa, sì wí fún mi pé, “Láti apá àríwá ni a ó ti mu ìdààmú wá sórí gbogbo àwọn tí ó ń gbé ní ilẹ̀ náà. 15 Mo sì ti ṣetán láti pe gbogbo àwọn ènìyàn orílẹ̀-èdè àríwá níjà,” ni Olúwa wí.

Àwọn ọba wọn yóò wá
    gbé ìtẹ́ wọn ró ní ojú ọ̀nà àbáwọlé
Jerusalẹmu. Wọn ó sì dìde sí gbogbo
    àyíká wọn àti sí gbogbo àwọn
    ìlú Juda.
16 Èmi yóò sì kéde ìdájọ́ mi lórí àwọn ènìyàn mi
    nítorí ìwà búburú wọn nípa kíkọ̀ mí sílẹ̀,
nípa rírúbọ sí ọlọ́run mìíràn
    àti sínsin àwọn ohun tí wọ́n fi ọwọ́ wọn ṣe.

17 “Wà ní ìmúrasílẹ̀! Dìde dúró kí o sì sọ fún wọn ohunkóhun tí mo bá pàṣẹ fún wọn. Má ṣe jẹ́ kí wọ́n dẹ́rùbà ọ́, èmi yóò sì sọ ọ́ di ẹ̀rù níwájú wọn. 18 Ní òní èmi ti sọ ọ́ di ìlú alágbára, òpó irin àti odi idẹ sí àwọn ọba Juda, àwọn ìjòyè rẹ̀, sí àwọn àlùfáà àti àwọn ènìyàn ilẹ̀ náà. 19 Wọn yóò dojú ìjà kọ ọ́, wọn kì yóò borí rẹ, nítorí wí pé èmi wà pẹ̀lú rẹ, èmi yóò sì gbà ọ́,” ni Olúwa wí.