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4 The LORD's word came to me:
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5 "Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations."
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
6 "Ah, LORD God," I said, "I don't know how to speak because I'm only a child."
Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy."
7 The LORD responded, "Don't say, ‘I'm only a child.' Where I send you, you must go; what I tell you, you must say.
But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, "I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8 Don't be afraid of them, because I'm with you to rescue you," declares the LORD.
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord."
9 Then the LORD stretched out his hand, touched my mouth, and said to me, "I'm putting my words in your mouth.
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 This very day I appoint you over nations and empires, to dig up and pull down, to destroy and demolish, to build and plant."
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
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