Jeremiahs Call To Do A Hard Tas
This was the message which came to me from Jehovah: "Before you were
born I knew you and prepared you for your work. I have appointed you to
be a prophet to the nations." But I (Jeremiah) said: "O Lord Jehovah! I
do not know how to speak in public, for I am only a youth." Then Jehovah
said to me: "Do not say, 'I am only a youth,' for you shall go to all
to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not
be afraid of them, for I am with you to protect you."
Then Jehovah stretched out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me:
"See. I have put my words in your mouth, and I have appointed you this
day over the nations and kingdoms, to tear up and break down, to destroy
and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
Again this message came from Jehovah, "What do you see?" I answered, "A
great kettle brewing hot, and it faces from the north." Then Jehovah
said to me: "From the north trouble is brewing for all the people of the
land. For I am about to call all the kingdoms of the north, and they
shall come and each set up his throne at the entrance to the gates of
Jerusalem and around its walls and against all the cities of Judah. And
I will pass judgment upon Jerusalem and these cities for all their
wickedness, for they have been disloyal to me and offered sacrifices to
other gods and have worshipped that which their own hands have made.
"Therefore make ready, rise, speak to them all that I command you. Do
not be afraid of them, for see, I myself will make you this day like a
fortified city, and like a bronze wall against the rulers of Judah, its
leaders, its priests, and the common people. Though they fight against
you, they will not overcome you, for I am with you to protect you."