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“The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:”

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Jeremiah 1:1 Translation & Meaning

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The words דִּבְרֵ֥י A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause words
of Jeremiah יִרְמְיָ֖הוּ Jirmejah, the name of eight or nine Israelites Jeremiah
the son בֶּן A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
of Hilkiah, חִלְקִיָּ֑הוּ Chilhijah, the name of eight Israelites Hilkiah
of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses of
the priests הַכֹּֽהֲנִים֙ Literally one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) priests
that אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
were (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in Anathoth בַּעֲנָת֔וֹת Anathoth, the name of two Israelites, also of a place in Pal Anathoth
in the land בְּאֶ֖רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
of Benjamin: בִּנְיָמִֽן׃ Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory Benjamin

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  • 1  The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

  • 2  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.

  • 3  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.


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