1:10 Know for certain that 1 I hereby give you the authority to announce to nations and kingdoms that they will be 2 uprooted and torn down, destroyed and demolished, rebuilt and firmly planted.” 3
1:18 I, the Lord, 4 hereby promise to make you 5 as strong as a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall. You will be able to stand up against all who live in 6 the land, including the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and all the people of the land.
2 tn Heb “I appoint you today over nations and kingdoms to uproot….” The phrase refers to the
3 sn These three pairs represent the twofold nature of Jeremiah’s prophecies, prophecies of judgment and restoration. For the further programmatic use of these pairs for Jeremiah’s ministry see 18:7-10 and 31:27-28.
5 tn Heb “today I have made you.” The Hebrew verb form here emphasizes the certainty of a yet future act; the
6 tn Heb “I make you a fortified city…against all the land….” The words “as strong as” and “so you will be able to stand against all the people of…” are given to clarify the meaning of the metaphor.