Jeremiah 1:5

“Before 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Before I formed thee in the bellie, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the wombe, I sanctified thee, and I ordeined thee a Prophet vnto the nations.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Before you were formed in the body of your mother I had knowledge of you, and before your birth I made you holy; I have given you the work of being a prophet to the nations.
- Basic English Bible

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I hallowed thee, I appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.
- Darby Bible

Before I formed thee in embryo I knew thee; and before thou wast born I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet to the nations.
- Webster's Bible

Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.
- World English Bible

`Before I form thee in the belly, I have known thee; and before thou comest forth from the womb I have separated thee, a prophet to nations I have made thee.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 1:5


1:5 I sanctified - I ordained thee for this public service. He speaks thus to Jeremiah, not to the other prophets, because he stood in need of greater encouragement than they, both in respect of the tenderness of his years, and the difficulties which he was to encounter with. The nations - To other nations besides the Jews.


Discussion for Jeremiah 1

  • ShilohS
    As with Isaiah,it's taking me quite awhile to get thru Jeremiah.I want to be careful and distinguish between what prophecies are fulfilled as opposed to those that are for today's time. It's bogging me down in my studies.Some commentaries seem to discount history in favor of most or all prophecies for today.This time through the prophets I don't want to just put things on the shelf. Lot of prayer
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX INDEED ! To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Yeshua Jesus. Please read this whole book of Jeremiah. We truly have a loving Abba Dad and God Almighty Yahweh in and through His Son our ever living and loving Lord and Savior Christ Yeshua Jesus indeed. HOPE ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION AMEN INDEED ! COME LORD YESHUA ! Shalom yedda dim {beloved one}.
  • Marie
    Love the comments,they said it all,I just say amen.
  • Word
    God sanctified and ordained a Prophet who's name was Jeremiah. God knew us all just as He knew Jacob and Esau and Jacob He love and Esau He hated. The only way you can love or hate someone is if you walked with them and kick the dust up to see what their made of when it comes to Freewill. Isaiah 45 vs 18 millions of years ago God created earth and all the children of God rejoiced. Job 38 vs 7.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Chuck, also for money; I read a report back in the 90's that a doctor at a clinic working part time some evenings and weekend can pocket over 1mill. a year. Vengense be mine saith the Lord.
  • Chuck
    JEREMIAH 1-5 BEFORE I FORMED THEE IN THE BELLY I KNEW THEE.
    ABORTION IS MURDER AND HELL AWAITS YOU SO CALLED PROCHOICE
    PEOPLE WHICH IS PRO MURDER FOR POLITICAL GAIN JUDGEMENT
    IS COMMING REPENT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. SODOMITES TOO
    YOU WERE NOT BORN THAT WAY. JESUS SAVES REPENTANT PEOPLE.