The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb1 I knewa2 you, before you were born3 I set you apart;4 I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.5"
"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak;6 I am only a child."77
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 afraid8 of them, for I am with you9 and will rescue10 you," declares the LORD.119
Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched12 my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.1310
See, today I appoint you over nations14 and kingdoms to uproot15 and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."1611
The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?"17 "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied.
The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watchingb18 to see that my word is fulfilled."
The word of the LORD came to me again: "What do you see?"19 "I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north," I answered.
The LORD said to me, "From the north20 disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.