1These are the words Jeremiah received from the Lord. Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah. Jeremiah was one of the priests at Anathoth. That’s a town in the territory of Benjamin. 2A message from the Lord came to Jeremiah. It came in the 13th year that Josiah was king over Judah. Josiah was the son of Amon. 3After Josiah, his son Jehoiakim was king over Judah. The Lord’s message also came to Jeremiah during the whole time Jehoiakim ruled. The Lord continued to speak to Jeremiah while Zedekiah was king over Judah. He did this until the fifth month of the 11th year of Zedekiah’s rule. That’s when the people of Jerusalem were forced to leave their country. Zedekiah was the son of Josiah. Here is what Jeremiah said.
The Lord Appoints Jeremiah to Speak for Him
4A message from the Lord came to me. The Lord said,
5“Before I formed you in your mother’s body I chose you.
Before you were born I set you apart to serve me.
I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
6“You are my Lord and King,” I said. “I don’t know how to speak. I’m too young.”
7But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I’m too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to. You must say everything I command you to say. 8Do not be afraid of the people I send you to. I am with you. I will save you,” announces the Lord.
9Then the Lord reached out his hand. He touched my mouth and spoke to me. He said, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10Today I am appointing you to speak to nations and kingdoms. I give you authority to pull them up by the roots and tear them down. I give you authority to destroy them and crush them. I give you authority to build them up and plant them.”
11A message from the Lord came to me. The Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
“The branch of an almond tree,” I replied.
12The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly. I am watching to see that my word comes true.”
13Another message from the Lord came to me. The Lord asked me, “What do you see?”
“A pot that has boiling water in it,” I answered. “It’s leaning toward us from the north.”
14The Lord said to me, “Something very bad will be poured out on everyone who lives in this land. It will come from the north. 15I am about to send for all the armies in the northern kingdoms,” announces the Lord.
“Their kings will come to Jerusalem.
They will set up their thrones at the very gates of the city.
They will attack all the walls that surround the city.
They will go to war against all the towns of Judah.
16I will judge my people.
They have done many evil things.
They have deserted me.
They have burned incense to other gods.
They have worshiped the gods
their own hands have made.
17“So get ready! Stand up! Tell them everything I command you to. Do not let them terrify you. If you do, I will terrify you in front of them. 18Today I have made you like a city that has a high wall around it. I have made you like an iron pillar and a bronze wall. Now you can stand up against the whole land. You can stand against the kings and officials of Judah. You can stand against its priests and its people. 19They will fight against you. But they will not win the battle over you. I am with you. I will save you,” announces the Lord.
11:1 Josh 21:18Maya nĩmo maũndũ marĩa maaririo nĩ Jeremia, mũrũ wa Hilikia, ũmwe wa athĩnjĩri-Ngai arĩa maatũũraga itũũra rĩa Anathothu kũu bũrũri wa Benjamini.1:1 Anathothu rĩarĩ itũũra rĩmwe rĩa matũũra mana ma Alawii marĩa maarĩ bũrũri wa Benjamini (Josh 21:17-18). 2Ndũmĩrĩri ya Jehova nĩyamũkinyĩrĩire mwaka-inĩ wa ikũmi na ĩtatũ wa wathani wa Josia, mũrũ wa Amoni, mũthamaki wa Juda, 31:3 2Ath 23:34; Ezar 5:12o na ningĩ matukũ-inĩ ma wathani wa Jehoiakimu mũrũ wa Josia, mũthamaki wa Juda, o nginya mweri wa gatano, mwaka-inĩ wa ikũmi na ũmwe wa wathani wa Zedekia mũrũ wa Josia, mũthamaki wa Juda, rĩrĩa andũ a Jerusalemu maatahirwo.
Gwĩtwo kwa Jeremia
4Ndũmĩrĩri ya Jehova nĩyanginyĩrire, ngĩĩrwo atĩrĩ,
51:5 Isa 49:1; Joh 10:36“Mbere ya gũkũũmba nda-inĩ ya maitũguo-rĩ, no ndaakũũĩ,
o na ũtanaciarwo-rĩ, nĩndakwamũrĩte;
nĩndagũtuire mũnabii wa kũrathagĩra ndũrĩrĩ.”
61:6 Thaam 3:11Na niĩ ngĩmũcookeria, ngiuga atĩrĩ: “Hĩ, Mwathani Jehova! Niĩ ndiũĩ kwaria; niĩ ndĩ o mwana.”
7Nowe Jehova akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ: “Tiga kuuga atĩrĩ, ‘Niĩ ndĩ o mwana.’ No nginya ũthiĩ kũrĩ mũndũ o wothe ngũgũtũma kũrĩ we na ũmwĩre ũrĩa wothe ngũgwatha. 81:8 Kĩam 15:1; Jer 15:20Ndũkanametigĩre, nĩgũkorwo ndĩ hamwe nawe, na nĩngakũhonokia,” ũguo nĩguo Jehova ekuuga.
91:9 Isa 6:7Hĩndĩ ĩyo Jehova agĩtambũrũkia guoko, akĩĩhutia kanua, akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Rĩu nĩndekĩra ndũmĩrĩri yakwa kanua gaku. 10One, ũmũthĩ nĩndagũtua mũnene wa ndũrĩrĩ o na wa mothamaki, nĩgeetha ũmunyage na ũmomorage, wanangage na ũngʼaũranagie, na wakage na ũhaandage.”
111:11 Jer 24:3; Amos 7:8Ndũmĩrĩri ya Jehova nĩyanginyĩrire, ngĩũrio atĩrĩ: “Jeremia, nĩ kĩĩ ũroona?”
Na niĩ ngĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ndĩrona rũhonge rwa mũtĩ wa mũrothi.”
121:12 Ayub 29:2Jehova akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Ĩĩ, nĩguo nĩwona wega, tondũ njũthĩrĩirie nyone atĩ ndũmĩrĩri yakwa nĩyahingio.”
131:13 Jer 24:3; Zek 4:2Ningĩ ndũmĩrĩri ya Jehova nĩyanginyĩrire o rĩngĩ ngĩũrio atĩrĩ: “Nĩ kĩĩ kĩngĩ ũrona?”
Na niĩ ngĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ndĩrona nyũngũ ĩgũtherũka, ĩinamĩte kuuma mwena wa gathigathini.”
14Nake Jehova akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Mwanangĩko uumĩte na mwena wa gathigathini, nĩũgaitĩrĩrio andũ othe arĩa matũũraga bũrũri ũyũ. 151:15 Jer 4:16Ndĩ hakuhĩ gwĩta andũ othe a mothamaki ma gathigathini,” ũguo nĩguo Jehova ekuuga.
“Athamaki ao nĩmagooka mahaande itĩ ciao cia ũthamaki
matoonyero-inĩ ma ihingo cia Jerusalemu;
nĩmagooka mathiũrũrũkĩrie thingo ciothe cia Jerusalemu,
na mokĩrĩre matũũra mothe ma Juda.
161:16 Kĩam 6:5; Jer 17:13; Ndar 25:3Nĩngatuĩra andũ akwa matuĩro ma ciira,
tondũ wa waganu wao wa kũndirika,
na wa gũcinĩra ngai ingĩ ũbumba,
na kũhooya indo iria methondekeire na moko mao.
17“Ũkĩra wĩhaarĩrie! Rũgama na ũmeere ũndũ o wothe ũrĩa ngũgwatha. Ndũkamakio nĩo, kana na niĩ ngũmakie ũrĩ mbere yao. 18Ũmũthĩ-rĩ, nĩndagũtua ta itũũra rĩirige na hinya, na ta gĩtugĩ gĩa kĩgera, na ta rũthingo rwa gĩcango, nĩgeetha wĩyũmie ũũkĩrĩre bũrũri wothe: ũũkĩrĩre athamaki a Juda, na anene, na athĩnjĩri-Ngai akuo, o na andũ othe a bũrũri ũyũ. 191:19 Thab 129:2; Kĩam 26:3Nĩmakarũa nawe no matigaakũhoota, nĩgũkorwo ndĩ hamwe nawe na nĩndĩrĩkũhonokagia,” ũguo nĩguo Jehova ekuuga.