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."