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.
I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah.2116
I will pronounce my judgments22 on my people because of their wickedness23 in forsaking me,24 in burning incense to other gods25 and in worshiping26 what their hands have made.2717
"Get yourself ready! Stand up and say28 to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified29 by them, or I will terrify you before them.
Today I have made you30 a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.
They will fight against you but will not overcome31 you, for I am with you32 and will rescue33 you," declares the LORD.