Jeremiah Chapters 1, 6:6-15, 31:27-34

Chapter 1 These are the messages of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah. Jeremiah belonged to the family of priests who lived in the town of Anathoth.[a] That town is in the land that belongs to the tribe of Benjamin. The Lord began to speak to Jeremiah in the 13th year[b] that Josiah, son of Amon, was king of the nation of Judah. He continued to speak to Jeremiah during the time that Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, was king of Judah and during the eleven years and five months that Zedekiah, also a son of Josiah, was king of Judah. In the fifth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year as king, the people who lived in Jerusalem were taken away into exile.

God Calls Jeremiah

The Lord’s message came to me:

“Before I made you in your mother’s womb,
    I knew you.
Before you were born,
    I chose you for a special work.
    I chose you to be a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “But, Lord God, I don’t know how to speak. I am only a boy.”

But the Lord said to me,

“Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’
    You must go everywhere I send you
    and say everything I tell you to say.
Don’t be afraid of anyone.
    I am with you, and I will protect you.”
This message is from the Lord.

Then the Lord reached out with his hand and touched my mouth. He said to me,

“Jeremiah, I am putting my words in your mouth.
10 Today I have put you in charge of nations and kingdoms.
    You will pull up and tear down.
You will destroy and overthrow.
    You will build up and plant.”

Two Visions

11 The Lord’s message came to me: “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

I answered, “I see a stick made from almond wood.”

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen very well, and I am watching[c] to make sure that my message to you comes true.”

13 The Lord’s message came to me again: “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

I answered, “I see a pot of boiling water. That pot is tipping over from the north.”

     14 The Lord said to me, “Something terrible will come from the north.
    It will happen to all the people who live in this country. 
     15 In a short time I will call all the people in the northern kingdoms.”
    This is what the Lord said.

“The kings of those countries will come
    and set up their thrones near the gates of Jerusalem.
They will attack the city walls of Jerusalem.
    They will attack all the cities in Judah.
     16 And I will announce judgment against my people,
    because they are evil and have turned away from me.
They offered sacrifices to other gods
    and worshiped idols they made with their own hands.

     17 “As for you, Jeremiah, get ready.
    Stand up and speak to the people.
Tell them everything that I tell you to say.
    Don’t be afraid of the people.
If you are afraid of them,
    I will give you good reason to be afraid of them.
     18 As for me, today I will make you like a strong city,
    an iron column, a bronze wall.
You will be able to stand against everyone in the land,
    against the kings of the land of Judah,
    the leaders of Judah, the priests of Judah,
    and against the people of the land of Judah. 
     19 All those people will fight against you,
    but they will not defeat you,
because I am with you,
    and I will save you.”
This message is from the Lord.


  1. Jeremiah 1:1 priests … of Anathoth These priests probably belonged to the family of the priest Abiathar. Abiathar was a high priest in Jerusalem during the time David was king. He was sent away to Anathoth by King Solomon. See 1 Kings 2:26.
  2. Jeremiah 1:2 the 13th year That is, 627 B.C.
  3. Jeremiah 1:12 watching This is a wordplay. Shaqed is the Hebrew word for “almond wood,” and shoqed means “watching.”

Chapter 6:6-15

     6 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says:
    “Cut down the trees around Jerusalem,
    and build a siege mound[a] against it.
This city should be punished
    because inside there is no justice—only slavery.
     7 As a well keeps its water fresh,
    so Jerusalem keeps its wickedness fresh.
I hear about the robbing and violence in this city all the time.
    I see nothing but pain and sickness there all the time.
     8 Listen to this warning, Jerusalem,
    or I will turn my back on you.
I will make your land an empty desert.
    No one will be able to live there.”

     9 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says:
“Gather[b] the people of Israel who were left on their land.
    Gather them the way you would gather the last grapes on a grapevine.
Check each vine,
    like the workers check each vine when they pick the grapes.”
     10 Who can I speak to?
    Who can I warn?
    Who will listen to me?
The people of Israel have closed their ears,
    so they cannot hear my warnings.
They don’t like the Lord’s teachings.
    They don’t want to hear his message.
11 But I am full of the Lord’s anger,
    and I am tired of holding it in!
“Pour out my anger on the children playing in the streets
    and on the young soldiers gathered there as well.
A man and his wife will both be captured
    as well as all the old people.
     12 Their houses will be given to others.
    Their fields and their wives will be given to other people.
I will raise my hand and punish the people of Judah.”
    This message is from the Lord.

     13 “All the people of Israel want more and more money.
    All of them, from the least important to the most important, are like that.
    Even the prophets and priests tell lies.  
     14 They should bandage the wounds my people have suffered,
    but they treat their wounds like small scratches.
They say, ‘It’s all right, everything is all right.’
    But it is not all right!
     15 They should be ashamed of the evil things they do,
    but they are not ashamed at all.
They don’t know enough to be embarrassed by their sins.
    So they will be punished with everyone else.
They will be thrown to the ground when I punish the people.”
    This is what the Lord said.


  1. Jeremiah 6:6 siege mound A large pile of dirt and rock that an army put against the wall of a city they were attacking. This made it easier for the enemy soldiers to climb over the wall into the city.
  2. Jeremiah 6:9 Gather Or “glean.” There was a law that a farmer must leave some grain in his field during harvest, so that poor people and travelers could find something to eat. See Lev. 19:9; 23:22.

Chapter 31: 27-34

27 “The days are coming,” says the Lord, “when I will help the family of Israel and Judah to grow. I will help their children and animals to grow too. It will be like planting and caring for a plant. 28 In the past I watched over Israel and Judah, but I watched for the time to pull them up. I tore them down. I destroyed them. I gave many troubles to them. But now I will watch over them to build them up and make them strong.” This message is from the Lord.

29 “People will not use this saying anymore:

‘The parents ate the sour grapes,
    but the children got the sour taste.’[a]

30 No, people will die for their own sins. Those who eat sour grapes will get the sour taste.”

The New Agreement

31 This is what the Lord said, “The time is coming when I will make a new agreement with the family of Israel and with the family of Judah. 32 It will not be like the agreement I made with their ancestors. I made that agreement when I took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt. I was their master, but they broke that agreement.” This message is from the Lord.

33 “In the future I will make this agreement with the people of Israel.” This message is from the Lord. “I will put my teachings in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 People will not have to teach their neighbors and relatives to know the Lord, because all people, from the least important to the most important, will know me.” This message is from the Lord. “I will forgive them for the evil things they did. I will not remember their sins.”


  1. Jeremiah 31:29 The parents … sour taste This means the children were suffering for things their parents did.