Jeremiah 1:5
Good News Translation
"I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations."

Contemporary English Version
"Jeremiah, I am your Creator, and before you were born, I chose you to speak for me to the nations."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.

New American Bible
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.

before I

Psalm 71:5,6 For thou art my patience, O Lord: my hope, O Lord, from my youth. . . .

Isaiah 49:1,5 Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name. . . .

Luke 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt, go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:

Galatians 1:15,16 But when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb and called me by his grace, . . .

I knew

Exodus 33:12,17 And Moses said to the Lord: Thou commandest me to lead forth this people; and thou dost not let me know whom thou wilt send with me, especially whereas thou hast said: I know thee by name, and thou hast found favour in my sight. . . .

Romans 8:29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the Firstborn amongst many brethren.

2 Timothy 2:19-21 But the sure foundation of God standeth firm, having this seal: the Lord knoweth who are his; and let every one depart from iniquity who nameth the name of the Lord. . . .

and before

Luke 1:15,41 For he shall be great before the Lord and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. . . .

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.

and I ordained.

Ephesians 1:22 And he hath subjected all things under his feet and hath made him head over all the church,

Ephesians 4:11,12 And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors: . . .

Context
The Call of Jeremiah
4And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.6And I said: Ah, ah, ah, Lord God: behold, I cannot speak, for I am a child.…
Cross References
Luke 1:15
For he shall be great before the Lord and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

John 10:36
Do you say of him whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world: Thou blasphemest; because I said: I am the Son of God?

1 Corinthians 8:3
But if any man love God, the same is known by him.

Galatians 1:15
But when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb and called me by his grace,

Psalm 139:15
My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.

Psalm 139:16
Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.

Isaiah 49:1
Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name.

Isaiah 49:5
And now saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be his servant, that I may bring back Jacob unto him, and Israel will not be gathered together: and I am glorified in the eyes of the Lord, and my God is made my strength.

Jeremiah 1:4
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Jeremiah 1:10
Lo, I have set thee this day over the nations, and over kingdoms, to root up, and to pull down, and to waste, and to destroy, and to build, and to plant.

Jeremiah 25:13
And I will bring upon that land all my words, that I have spoken against it, all that is written in this book, all that Jeremiah hath prophesied against all nations:

Jeremiah 25:15
For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Take the cup of wine of this fury at my hand: and thou shalt make all the nations to drink thereof, into which I shall send thee.

Jeremiah 36:2
Take thee a roll of a book, and thou shalt write in it all the words that I have spoken to thee against Israel and Juda, and against all the nations from the day that I spoke to thee, from the days of Josias even to this day.

Additional Translations
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart and appointed you a prophet to the nations.”Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.

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 thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth from the womb, I sanctified thee; I appointed thee a prophet to the nations.

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

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 thee in embryo I knew thee; and before thou wast born I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet to the nations.

"Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."

'Before I form thee in the belly, I have known thee; and before thou comest forth from the womb I have separated thee, a prophet to nations I have made thee.'
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