Jeremiah 1:1–10

The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathotha in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord cameb to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiahc son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakimd son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiahe son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.f

The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the wombg I knewa h you,

before you were borni I set you apart;j

I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.k

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak;l I am too young.”m

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. Do not be afraidn of them, for I am with youo and will rescuep you,” declares the Lord.q

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touchedr my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.s 10 See, today I appoint you over nationst and kingdoms to uprootu and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”v

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