The Call of Jeremiah

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

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      5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knewa you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

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        • a 1:5 - Or "chose"
          6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

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          7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
          8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

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          9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.

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          10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

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          11 The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

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          12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watchingb to see that my word is fulfilled.”

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            • b 1:12 - The Hebrew for "watching" sounds like the Hebrew for "almond tree."
              13 The word of the LORD came to me again: “What do you see?” “I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”

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              14 The LORD said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.

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              15 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.

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              16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.

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              17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

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              18 Today I have made you 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.

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              19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

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