Jeremiah 1:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim1 son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah2 son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.3

The Call of Jeremiah

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 "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" 6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak;9 I am only a child."10 7 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. 8 Do not be afraid11 of them, for I am with you12 and will rescue13 you," declares the LORD.14 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched15 my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.16 10 See, today I appoint you over nations17 and kingdoms to uproot18 and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."19 11 The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?"20 "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied. 12 The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watchingb21 to see that my word is fulfilled." 13 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.
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