Jeremiah, the unborn prophet
The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in
Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon
king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah,
unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of
Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
The words of Jeremiah, to whom God spoke, when Josiah, Jehoiakim, and
Zedekiah were kings of Judah, before Jerusalem was taken captive.
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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 word of God came to me, saying,
I made you a prophet while you were a fetus. 
God put words in Jeremiah's mouth
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
I can't speak, because I'm still a child.
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all
that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
God said to me,
Don't say you're a child.
You are going to speak for me.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith
Don't be afraid of their faces.
Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said
unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
Then God touched my mouth with his hand, and said,
I've put words in your mouth.
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to
root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and
I've put you in charge of nations and kingdoms,
to to destroy and build up.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest
thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.
Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word
to perform it.
The word of God came to me and said,
Jeremiah, what do you see?
And I said,
A rod of an almond tree.
And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest
thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the
The word of God came to me a second time, and said,
What do you see?
A seething pot facing north.
Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth
upon all the inhabitants of the land.
God said to me,
Evil will attack everyone from the north.
For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith
the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at
the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof
round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
I will call all the kingdoms of the north to set up their thrones on the gates of Jerusalem.
And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness,
who have forsaken me, and have burned incense
unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
And I will punish those who have forsaken me by burning incense to other gods or worshiping the
works of their own hands. 
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that
I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before
For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron
pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah,
against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the
people of the land.
And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against
thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.
They'll fight against you, but they won't win.
Because I'm with you.
- Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest
forth out of the womb I sanctified thee (v.5)
Christians often cite this verse as biblical proof that a fetus is a person. Their rationale is that if God
knows us in the womb, then fetuses are people too. Of course, they overlook the verses that show God's willingness
to kill both the born and the unborn.
What the Bible says about abortion and
- I will utter my judgments against them ... who have ... burned incense to
other gods. (v.16)
How many gods are there?
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- David Barton:
Life begins at last call. (Jeremiah 1:5)