Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. I appointed you a prophet of the nations!
Imparting of a mission
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Behold I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.
But the lord said to me, do not say, "I am only a boy"; for you shall go to all whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the lord. Then the lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the lord mentioned to me, now I have put my words in your mouth. 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.
The word of the lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And i said, I see a branch of an almond tree.