New International Version

Jeremiah 1

1The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.

The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[b] to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”

“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”

14 The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones
    in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;
they will come against all her surrounding walls
    and against all the towns of Judah.
16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people
    because of their wickedness in forsaking me,
in burning incense to other gods
    and in worshiping what their hands have made.

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

  1. Jeremiah 1:5 Or chose
  2. Jeremiah 1:12 The Hebrew for watching sounds like the Hebrew for almond tree.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

耶利米书 1

1希勒迦的儿子耶利米是便雅悯境内亚拿突城的一位祭司,以下是他的话。 犹大王亚们的儿子约西亚执政第十三年,耶和华的话传给了耶利米。 从犹大王约西亚的儿子约雅敬开始执政,一直到约西亚的另一个儿子西底迦做犹大王的第十一年五月,就是耶路撒冷的居民被掳之日,耶和华的话常常传给耶利米。

耶利米蒙召

耶和华对我说:
“我还没有使你在母腹中成形,就认识你;
你还未出生,我已使你圣洁,
立你做万国的先知。”

我回答说:“主耶和华啊,我太年轻,不懂得怎样说话。” 耶和华却说:

“不要说你太年轻,
我派你去谁那里,
你就去谁那里;
我吩咐你说什么,
你就说什么。
谁也不要怕,
因为我与你同在,
我必拯救你。
这是耶和华说的。”

然后,耶和华伸手摸我的口,对我说:“看啊,我已把我的话放在你口中。 10 今日,我派你到列邦列国去拔掉、拆除、毁灭、推翻、建造和栽植。”

两个异象

11 耶和华又对我说:“耶利米,你看见什么?”我说:“我看见一根杏树枝。” 12 耶和华说:“不错。我必实现我说过的话。”

13 耶和华又对我说:“你看见什么?”我回答说:“我看见一锅煮沸的水,从北方倾倒下来。” 14 耶和华说:“不错。因为有灾祸要从北方降临到这地方的一切居民。 15 我要召来北方各国,他们要在耶路撒冷的城门自立王位,攻打耶路撒冷周围的城墙和犹大各城邑。这是耶和华说的。 16 我要审判他们,因为他们犯罪作恶,背弃我,给别的神明烧香,又跪拜自己制造的神像。 17 现在,你要做好准备,去把我吩咐你的话告诉他们。不要惧怕他们,不然我将使你在他们面前充满恐惧。 18 看啊,今天我已使你成为坚城、铁柱、铜墙,来对抗整个犹大,对抗犹大的君王、首领、祭司和境内的众民。 19 他们必攻击你,但绝不能胜过你,因为我与你同在,我必拯救你。这是耶和华说的。”