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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