The replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.
And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the , have spoken!”
Then the reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”
Then the said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?” And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.”
And the said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”
References for Jeremiah 1:12
Then the spoke to me again and asked, “What do you see now?” And I replied, “I see a pot of boiling water, spilling from the north.”
“Yes,” the said, “for terror from the north will boil out on the people of this land.
Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. I, the , have spoken! “They will set their thrones at the gates of the city. They will attack its walls and all the other towns of Judah.
I will pronounce judgment on my people for all their evil— for deserting me and burning incense to other gods. Yes, they worship idols made with their own hands!
“Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.