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

  • Irene123
    To Word, 2/6/'16 - Where did you get that earth was created millions of yrs. ago? There's nothing like that in either one of the 2 scriptures you gave.
  • BSP
    Verse 7 shows that no matter how unqualified we feel for an assignment from God, he can make up for any lack and he will be there to help us carry it out if we fully trust in Him.
  • Daryl G Borum
    i love the comments i agree to all those comments before me AMEN!!!!!
  • Word
    Moyà God knew you before you were put in the womb just as He knew Jacob whom He loved and Esau whom He hated and you have to live with some one to know those things. In Isaiah 45 vs 18 God created earth to be inhabited and in Job 38 vs 7 all souls sons and stars which are children rejoiced at earth's creation. In Gen. 1 vs 2 the word was is 1961 in Strong's is Became so something happened to earth
  • Gennie Winters
    The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. I know I have to put my trust in God I do not fear what man can do to me. I Fear God I know he is my protector and I know he will make a way for me . I put my trust in God only this is a great chapter.
  • Bashon Solomon
    It's an inspiring chapter meant to encourage those in tribulation and those who don't want to follow God's command of serving Him giving petty excuses.