8 Do not be afraid of those to whom I send you, for I will be with you to protect you,” says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I will most assuredly give you the words you are to speak for me. 10 Know for certain that I hereby give you the authority to announce to nations and kingdoms that they will be uprooted and torn down, destroyed and demolished, rebuilt and firmly planted.” 11 Later the Lord’s message came to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said, “You have observed correctly. This means I am watching to make sure my threats are carried out.”
9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take the scroll and eat it. It will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10 So I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 11 Then they told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”
Notes and References
"... This restatement of John’s call to be God’s spokesperson functions not simply as a reaffirmation for John. It serves also as a reminder to the reader of the source of John’s visions and his revelation that he is declaring. This is not merely his own message he is delivering. It is “the revelation of Jesus Christ” that has been entrusted to John to make known to the churches. (John’s commission to prophesy is similar to that given to the ancient prophets of Israel. Compare especially the words to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:10) ..."
Reddish, Mitchell Glenn The Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary: Revelation (p. 201) Smyth & Helwys, 2001