The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 1:4–10

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And the word of YHWH came unto me, saying

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

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Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. And before you went forth from the womb, I sanctified you. And I made you a prophet to the nations.”

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Then said I: 'Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.'

And I said, O Lord, thou that art supreme Lord, behold, I know not how to speak, for I am a child.

And I said: “Alas, alas, alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am a boy.”

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But YHWH said unto me: say not: I am a child; for to whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go, and whatsoever I shall command thee thou shalt speak.

And the Lord said to me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all to whomsoever I shall send thee, and according to all the words that I shall command thee, thou shalt speak.

And the Lord said to me: “Do not choose to say, ‘I am a boy.’ For you shall go forth to everyone to whom I will send you. And you shall speak all that I will command you.

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Be not afraid of them; for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith YHWH.

You should not be afraid before their face. For I am with you, so that I may deliver you,” says the Lord.

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Then YHWH put forth His hand, and touched my mouth; and the YHWH said unto me: Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth;

And the Lord stretched forth his hand to me, and touched my mouth: and the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put my words into thy mouth.

Then the LORD put forth his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.

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10  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, and to destroy and to overthrow; to build, and to plant.

10  Behold, I have appointed thee this day over nations and over kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to rebuild, and to plant.

10  Behold, today I have appointed you over nations and over kingdoms, so that you may root up, and pull down, and destroy, and scatter, and so that you may build and plant.”