(A)Do not be afraid of them,
(B)for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

(C)Then the Lord put out his hand and (D)touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put (E)my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have set you this day (F)over nations and over kingdoms,
(G)to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

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7-8 God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’
    I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there.
I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it.
    Don’t be afraid of a soul.
I’ll be right there, looking after you.”
    God’s Decree.

9-10 God reached out, touched my mouth, and said,
    “Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do
    among nations and governments—a red-letter day!
Your job is to pull up and tear down,
    take apart and demolish,
And then start over,
    building and planting.”

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24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, (A)no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when (B)the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them (C)but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And (D)there were many lepers[a] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, (E)but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 4:27 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

23-27 He answered, “I suppose you’re going to quote the proverb, ‘Doctor, go heal yourself. Do here in your hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ Well, let me tell you something: No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown. Isn’t it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian.”

28-30 That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.

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