Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Jeremiah Called to Be a Priest
Jeremiah 1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
Jeremiah 1:2 to whom the word of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
- Jeremiah began as a prophet during the reign of Josiah, king of Judah 628 BC.
- Key for chart Below:
Bright Yellow box is the King and Father Josiah
Dotted Lines are unions or marriages
Vertical Lines are offspring
Horizontal Lines are siblings
Names in Italics are female. (or light blue)
Names in parenthesis are the son’s Babylonian Names
Black Arrows are the line of succession
Jeremiah 1:3 It (The word of the Lord) came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month (Av) 586 BC.
- From Josiah until the destruction of Jerusalem 628 BC-586 BC. Jeremiah was a prophet for 42 years.
- From Jehoiakim (sometime between 609 BC and 598 BC) until the end of Judah under the reign of Zedekiah (586 BC).
The Prophet Is Called
Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) came to me, saying:
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified (set you apart) you;
I ordained (appointed) you a prophet to the nations.”
- Jesus Yeshua was known in the womb (Luke 1:31-32)
- John the Baptist was known in the womb (Luke 1:15)
- King David was known in the womb (Psalm 139:13)
- Jeremiah was known in the womb (Jer 1:5)
- Isaiah was known in the womb (Isaiah 49:5)
- What does this say about the value of life in a culture of abortion? I am Pro-Choice: every unborn baby should have a choice as to whether or not it wants to be burnt, dismembered, have its brains sucked out, and if it survives, does it want to be donated to a medical experimentation laboratory for mad science experiments. Or – does it want to live?
Concerning choices on abortion:
A woman carrying a baby made her choice at conception. Once conceived in the womb, the baby then belongs to God.
Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God (‘ăḏōnāy Yᵊhōvâ)!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
- Moses also claimed he could not speak when God called him.
Jeremiah 1:7 But the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
Jeremiah 1:9 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
Jeremiah 1:10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”
Jeremiah 1:11 Moreover the word of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch (Lit. rod) of an almond tree.”
- A dead branch of an almond tree bloomed once a year in the ark of the covenant
Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready (Lit. watching) to perform My word.”
Jeremiah 1:13 And the word of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
- A boiling pot illustrating a sea of people who boil and stew under the influence of Satan, whom, according to Job 41:31, causes the sea of people to boil.
- The north is the land of Syria which in ancient times included Babylon.
Jeremiah 1:14 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to me:
“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
Jeremiah 1:15 For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ);
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
- Fulfilled: Jeremiah 39:3 – Then all the princes of the king of Babylon came in and sat in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer, Samgar-Nebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergal-Sarezer, Rabmag, with the rest of the princes of the king of Babylon.
Jeremiah 1:16 I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.
Jeremiah 1:17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
Jeremiah 1:18 For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
- A pillar is called a “witness” because pillars had stories inscribed on them. In Egypt they are called hieroglyphs. In Hebrew they are called pictographs. An iron pillar is a witness of unyielding truth. Jeremiah had the warning of Judah written all over him but no one believed him. They wanted to kill Jeremiah, the messenger.
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
Jeremiah 1:19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), “to deliver you.”
- God promised to protect Jeremiah in spite of the horrifying things they did to him, including lowering him into a cistern in mire.