Jeremiah 1:4-10

God chooses Jeremiah.

4 God spoke to me. 5 ‘I knew you even before I made your body inside your mother's body. I chose you before you were born. I decided that you must be a prophet to all the countries in the world,’ he said.

6 ‘Great and powerful Lord,’ I said. ‘I do not know how to speak. I am only a child.’

1:6When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.

7 The Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a child.” You must go to everyone that I send you to. You must say whatever I tell you to say. 8 You need not be afraid of them, because I am with you. I will save you,’ he said.

9 Then the Lord touched my mouth with his hand. ‘Now I have put my words into your mouth,’ he said. 10 ‘Look, I give you authority over countries and kingdoms. You can pull them down or break them up to destroy them. You can build them up and make them safe.’