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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

耶利米書 1

1希勒迦的兒子耶利米是便雅憫境內亞拿突城的一位祭司,以下是他的話。 猶大王亞們的兒子約西亞執政第十三年,耶和華的話傳給了耶利米。 從猶大王約西亞的兒子約雅敬開始執政,一直到約西亞的另一個兒子西底迦做猶大王的第十一年五月,就是耶路撒冷的居民被擄之日,耶和華的話常常傳給耶利米。

耶利米蒙召

耶和華對我說:
「我還沒有使你在母腹中成形,就認識你;
你還未出生,我已使你聖潔,
立你做萬國的先知。」

我回答說:「主耶和華啊,我太年輕,不懂得怎樣說話。」 耶和華卻說:

「不要說你太年輕,
我派你去誰那裡,
你就去誰那裡;
我吩咐你說什麼,
你就說什麼。
誰也不要怕,
因為我與你同在,
我必拯救你。
這是耶和華說的。」

然後,耶和華伸手摸我的口,對我說:「看啊,我已把我的話放在你口中。 10 今日,我派你到列邦列國去拔掉、拆除、毀滅、推翻、建造和栽植。」

兩個異象

11 耶和華又對我說:「耶利米,你看見什麼?」我說:「我看見一根杏樹枝。」 12 耶和華說:「不錯。我必實現我說過的話。」

13 耶和華又對我說:「你看見什麼?」我回答說:「我看見一鍋煮沸的水,從北方傾倒下來。」 14 耶和華說:「不錯。因為有災禍要從北方降臨到這地方的一切居民。 15 我要召來北方各國,他們要在耶路撒冷的城門自立王位,攻打耶路撒冷周圍的城牆和猶大各城邑。這是耶和華說的。 16 我要審判他們,因為他們犯罪作惡,背棄我,給別的神明燒香,又跪拜自己製造的神像。 17 現在,你要做好準備,去把我吩咐你的話告訴他們。不要懼怕他們,不然我將使你在他們面前充滿恐懼。 18 看啊,今天我已使你成為堅城、鐵柱、銅牆,來對抗整個猶大,對抗猶大的君王、首領、祭司和境內的眾民。 19 他們必攻擊你,但絕不能勝過你,因為我與你同在,我必拯救你。這是耶和華說的。」