The Prophet Is Called

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

“Before I (A)formed you in the womb (B)I knew you;
Before you were born I (C)sanctified[a] you;
I [b]ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Then said I:

(D)“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

But the Lord said to me:

“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And (E)whatever I command you, you shall speak.
(F)Do not be afraid of their faces,
For (G)I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

Then the Lord put forth His hand and (H)touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:

“Behold, I have (I)put My words in your mouth.
10 (J)See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To (K)root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a [c]branch of an almond tree.”

12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [d]ready to perform My word.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 1:5 set you apart
  2. Jeremiah 1:5 appointed
  3. Jeremiah 1:11 Lit. rod
  4. Jeremiah 1:12 Lit. watching