Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Then I said, Ah, Lord GOD! 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 youth; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.