5 “Jeremiah, I am your Creator, and before you were born, I chose you to speak for me to the nations.”
6 I replied, “I’m not a good speaker, Lord, and I’m too young.”
7 “Don’t say you’re too young,” the Lord answered. “If I tell you to go and speak to someone, then go! And when I tell you what to say, don’t leave out a word! 8 I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don’t be afraid.”
9 The Lord reached out his hand, then he touched my mouth and said, “I am giving you the words to say, 10 and I am sending you with authority to speak to the nations for me. You will tell them of doom and destruction, and of rising and rebuilding again.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3Contemporary English Version (CEV)
13 What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. 3 What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive?[a] I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
13.3and let myself be burned alive: Some manuscripts have “so that I could brag.”
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