Jeremiah 1:1-10

Jeremiah's Call and Commission

1 The words of 1Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in 2Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
2 to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of 3Josiah the son of 4Amon, king of Judah, in the 5thirteenth * year of his reign.
3 It came also in the days of 6Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh * year of 7Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifth month.
4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
5 "Before I 8formed you in the womb I knew you, And 9before you were born * I consecrated you; I have 10appointed you a prophet to the nations."
6 Then 11I said, "Alas, Lord aGOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because 12I am a youth."
7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' 13Because everywhere * * I send you, you shall go, And 14all that I command you, you shall speak.
8 "15Do not be afraid of them, For 16I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD stretched out His hand and 17touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have 18put My words in your mouth.
10 "See, 19I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, 20To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, 21To build and to plant."
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