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Jeremiah 1 - NIV

1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.

2 The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah,

3 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

4 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.”

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

7 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.

8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

9 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.


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

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John Gullick avatar
The Jeremiah files. Unique Me? Unique call?
Shared by: John Gullick on Feb, 2017
Summary: A sermon that attempts to explore Jeremiah's call in relation to our own - Uses a massive illustration from the Hebrides revival in Scotland I have included it verbatim as the reader can then use what they feel is appropriate.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:1-19
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 35
Eduardo Quintana avatar
Abortion Facts...let's get a perspective on it!
Shared by: Eduardo Quintana on Jan, 2017
Summary: Let's call it as it is; Abortion is murder. I know this is not politically correct to say it like that, but as Christians, we need to say it as God sees it.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5
Views: 9
Richard L. Brown avatar
An Awesome Purpose
Shared by: Richard L. Brown on Oct, 2016
Summary: This sermon explores the question, What is the meaning of life? With the answer being found in God and his purpose for our lives.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:1-10
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 557
Adam  James avatar
Purpose: Unknown
Shared by: Adam James on Oct, 2016
Summary: It is a fact of life that we will go through times of trial, pain, and suffering. This is an encouraging sermon that reminds us that God has a plan for us, and that trials give us an opportunity to grow in faith, wisdom, and maturity.
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,222
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
Life's Short Stay Awake (The Parable of the Serving Master)
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2016
Summary: The translation we heard states that the servants are waiting for the master a better translation describes servants who are expecting the master.Waiting is passive, much like waiting for a bus or a cab. Expecting denotes excitement, energy, enthusiasm.
John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Jul, 2016
Summary: God told Jeremiah that before he was born, God knew him. God called him (and us) to be His spokesmen. He touched Jeremiah's mouth and put his words there and promised He would give him courage & ability to speak for Him.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 564
Kenneth Sauer avatar
"God Calling: Jeremiah"
Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Jul, 2016
Summary: A sermon about peacemaking in the midst of conflict.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 734
Rick Burdette avatar
One Calling
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Jun, 2016
Summary: Our Calling, God's Providence, God's Word
Series: One Church
Troy Campbell avatar
God Knows You
Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: Before you were born God knew you and formed you. He is concerned with every part of our lives.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 496
Jerry Owen avatar
Something Special
Shared by: Jerry Owen on Feb, 2016
Summary: What is life all about? Is there really a God? If there is a God, does He even know who I am? If God knows me, does He really love me?
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
A Common Call
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jan, 2016
Summary: The LORD knew His plans for Jeremiah, and had a particular end in view (Jeremiah 29:11). The same is true for us: both as Christian individuals, and as Church.
Luther Sexton avatar
Living Through Disappointments
Shared by: Luther Sexton on Nov, 2015
Summary: Overcoming difficult situations.
Gerald Roberts avatar
"Jeremiahs Struggles"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Sep, 2015
Summary: Jeremiah had to deal with problems being called in a horrific time for Israel, yet despite all the struggles he is obedient .
Paul Basehore avatar
What do calls look like?
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2015
Summary: Your professional calling is how you make a living for yourself; your spiritual calling is how you make a life for another
Series: Calling
Craig Condon avatar
The Call that Frees Us….and Others Too!
Shared by: Craig Condon on Jun, 2015
Summary: When we follow Jesus, we believe that God has something better for us and all of humanity. That is the message of the readings from Jeremiah, Hebrews and Luke. We are to spread that message in our world by witnessing to God's love for us.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 690
Larry Turner avatar
Who told you that?
Shared by: Larry Turner on May, 2015
Summary: This sermon talks about our potentials and how Satan wants to rob us with his lies.
William R. Nabaza avatar
Verses to live by
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on May, 2015
Summary: Several verses that you can consult when you're on the go. Enjoy GOD'S WORDS and be renewed by GOD's WORDS.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:12
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,076
John Hardwick avatar
God's Design
Shared by: John Hardwick on Jan, 2015
Summary: I was inspired from another sermon to this one,by the Holy Spirit and our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ,That I should manifest the inner most wisdom of God the Father to you,The People, of God's Design...."YOU are Unique"
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5
Views: 1,272
Michael Stark avatar
When Does Life Begin?
Shared by: Michael Stark on Jan, 2015
Summary: God has worked in the life of His people since before the foundations of the world--preparing and appointing them for service.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,465
Davon Huss avatar
Church Must Address Abortion
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2015
Summary: As a church we must address abortion, 3 things today (material adapted from Andreas Kostenberger's book, God Marriage, and Family, pgs. 130- 133; outline adapted from an article by Frederica Mathewes- Green entitled "Wanted: A New Pro Life Strategy"
Series: Family 2015
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Seeing Ourselves in a Mirror
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec, 2014
Summary: Prophetic call as warning; temple is a den of robbers.
K. Edward Skidmore avatar
Shared by: K. Edward Skidmore on Dec, 2014
Summary: This sermon deals with the faith and faithful life of the prophet, Jeremiah who warned the kingdom of Judah what their wayward actions were about to bring upon the nation. There are 3 lessons about faith from Jeremiah's example.
Series: The Story
Don Campbell avatar
A Prophet to the Nations
Shared by: Don Campbell on Dec, 2014
Summary: Prophesy is not so much about foretelling the future as it is announcing God's message, which more often than not is a call to repentance. God's prophetic church will call the world to repentance.
Rodney Johnson avatar
When There Is No Hope
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Nov, 2014
Summary: This message is a response to questions that I received concerning the situation in Ferguson, Mo and the Churches' response to it.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5-29:11
Views: 1,724
Scott Bayles avatar
Sanctity of Life 2014
Shared by: Scott Bayles on Oct, 2014
Summary: A Sanctity of Life sermon that offers answers to endorse and attitudes to embrace. Powerpoint and video files available.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 657
Bishop Lalachan Abraham avatar
What Makes a Leader?
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Oct, 2014
Summary: “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”(Psalm 78:72)
based on 17 ratings
Denomination: *other
Views: 8,661
Lauro C Hernandez avatar
Shared by: Lauro C Hernandez on Oct, 2014
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:11
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 682
denise davis avatar
If God Exist, Why Does He Need Me?
Shared by: denise davis on Aug, 2014
Summary: Just like God had a plan and purpose for Jeremiah, so He does with each of us.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5
Denomination: *other
Views: 2,479
Brian Bill avatar
Taking Life Seriously
Shared by: Brian Bill on Jan, 2014
Summary: Because the pre-born are people, they must be protected.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,504
Isaac Butterworth avatar
When All Is Said, It's Done
Shared by: Isaac Butterworth on Dec, 2013
Summary: The Word of God is powerful to accomplish all it proclaims.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,322