The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb4 I knewa5 you, before you were born6 I set you apart;7 I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.8"
"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak;9 I am only a child."107
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid11 of them, for I am with you12 and will rescue13 you," declares the LORD.149
Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched15 my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.1610
See, today I appoint you over nations17 and kingdoms to uproot18 and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."1911
The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?"20 "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied.
The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watchingb21 to see that my word is fulfilled."
The word of the LORD came to me again: "What do you see?"22 "I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north," I answered.