“Before I formed you in the womb(A) I knew[a](B) you,
    before you were born(C) I set you apart;(D)
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.(E)

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  1. Jeremiah 1:5 Or chose

15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news,
    who made him very glad, saying,
    “A child is born to you—a son!”
16 May that man be like the towns(A)
    the Lord overthrew without pity.
May he hear wailing(B) in the morning,
    a battle cry at noon.
17 For he did not kill me in the womb,(C)
    with my mother as my grave,
    her womb enlarged forever.
18 Why did I ever come out of the womb(D)
    to see trouble(E) and sorrow
    and to end my days in shame?(F)

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