The Call of Jeremiah

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

(A)“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born (B)I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet (C)to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, (D)I do not know how to speak, (E)for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and (F)whatever I command you, you shall speak.
(G)Do not be afraid of them,
(H)for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

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

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

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17 But you, (A)dress yourself for work;[a] arise, and (B)say to them everything that I command you. (C)Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. 18 And I, behold, I make you this day (D)a fortified city, (E)an iron pillar, and (F)bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 (G)They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for (H)I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 1:17 Hebrew gird up your loins

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