The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one 1of the priests who were in 2Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of 3Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in 4the thirteenth year of his reign.
It came also in the days of 5Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and 6until the end of the eleventh year of 7Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, 8until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
59"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born 10I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet 11to the nations."
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, 12I do not know how to speak, 13for 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 14whatever I command you, you shall speak.