The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:2
To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amonking of Judah, in the thirteenthyear of his reign .
It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiahking of Judah, unto the end of the eleventhyear of Zedekiah the son of Josiahking of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalemcaptive in the fifthmonth.4
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordaineda thee a prophet unto the nations.6
Then said I, Ah,LordGOD! behold, I cannotspeak : for I am a child.7
But the LORDsaid unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak .
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.9
Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORDsaid unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.10See , I have this dayset thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out , and to pull down , and to destroy , and to throw down , to build , and to plant .