1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
4Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.1.5 ordained: Heb. gave 6Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
7¶ But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
11¶ Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 12Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. 13And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.1.13 toward…: Heb. from the face of the north 14Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.1.14 shall…: Heb. shall be opened 15For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 16And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17¶ Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.1.17 confound: or, break to pieces 18For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. 19And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.
1Mawu a Yeremiya mwana wa Hilikiya, mmodzi mwa ansembe a ku Anatoti, mʼdziko la Benjamini. 2Mawuwa Yehova anayankhula naye mʼchaka cha 13 cha ulamuliro wa Yosiya mwana wa Amoni mfumu ya Yuda. 3Yehova anayankhulanso naye pa nthawi yonse ya ulamuliro wa Yehoyakimu mwana wa Yosiya mfumu ya Yuda, mpaka mwezi wachisanu wa chaka cha 11 cha ufumu wa Zedekiya mwana wa Yosiya mfumu ya Yuda, pamene anthu a ku Yerusalemu anapita ku ukapolo.
Kuyitanidwa kwa Yeremiya
4Yehova anayankhula nane kuti,
5“Ndisanakuwumbe mʼmimba mwa amayi ako ndinali nditakudziwa kale,
iwe usanabadwe ndinali nditakupatula kale;
ndinakuyika kuti ukhale mneneri kwa anthu a mitundu yonse.”
6Ine ndinati, “Haa! Ambuye Yehova, ine sinditha kuyankhula; popeza ndikanali wamngʼono.”
7Koma Yehova anandiwuza kuti, “Usanene kuti, ‘Ndikanali wamngʼono’ popeza udzapita kwa munthu aliyense kumene ndidzakutuma ndi kunena chilichonse chimene ndidzakulamulira. 8Usawaope, pakuti Ine ndili nawe, ndipo ndidzakupulumutsa,” akutero Yehova.
9Pamenepo Yehova anatambalitsa dzanja lake nakhudza pakamwa panga, nandiwuza kuti, “Taona, tsopano ndayika mawu anga mʼkamwa mwako. 10Lero ndakusankha kuti ukhale ndi ulamuliro pa mitundu ya anthu ndi pa maufumu awo kuti uzule ndi kugwetsa, uwononge ndi kugumula, kuti uwamange ndi kudzala.”
11Yehova anandifunsa kuti, “Yeremiya, kodi ukuona chiyani?”
Ine ndinayankha kuti, “Ndikuona nthambi ya mtengo wa mtowo.”
12Yehova anandiwuza kuti, “Waona bwino, chifukwa Ine ndikuonetsetsa kuti mawu angawa akwaniritsidwe.”
13Yehova anandifunsanso kachiwiri kuti, “Kodi ukuona chiyani?”
Ine ndinayankha kuti, “Ndikuona mʼphika wa madzi owira, ndipo wagudukira kuno kummwera.”
14Yehova anandiwuza kuti, “Mavuto a anthu onse okhala mʼdziko lino adzachokera kumpoto. 15Ine ndikuyitana anthu onse a ku maufumu a kumpoto,” akutero Yehova.
“Mafumu awo adzabwera ndipo aliyense adzakhazika mpando wake waufumu
polowera pa zipata za Yerusalemu;
iwo adzabwera ndi kuzungulira makoma ake
ndiponso midzi yonse ya dziko la Yuda.
16Ndidzatulutsa mlandu wanga ndi iwo
chifukwa cha zoyipa zimene anachita pondisiya Ine.
Iwo anakafukiza lubani kwa milungu ina,
ndi kupembedza zimene anapanga ndi manja awo.
17“Koma iwe Yeremiya konzeka! Nyamuka ndipo ukawawuze zonse zimene ndakulamulira. Usachite nawo mantha, kuopa kuti Ine ndingakuchititse mantha iwo akuona. 18Taona, lero ndakupanga kukhala ngati mzinda wotetezedwa, ngati mzati wachitsulo ndiponso ngati makoma a mkuwa kuti usaopsedwe ndi munthu aliyense wa mʼdzikomo; kaya ndi mafumu a Yuda, akuluakulu ake, ansembe ake, kapena munthu wamba wa mʼdzikomo. 19Iwo adzalimbana nawe koma sadzakugonjetsa, popeza Ine ndili nawe ndipo ndidzakupulumutsa,” akutero Yehova.