Jeremiah 1:6
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New International Version
"Alas, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am too young."

New Living Translation
"O Sovereign LORD," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!"

English Standard Version
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”

New American Standard Bible
Then I said, "Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth."

King James Bible
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I protested, "Oh no, Lord GOD! Look, I don't know how to speak since I am only a youth."

International Standard Version
I replied, "Ah, LORD God! Look, I don't know how to speak, because I'm only a young man."

NET Bible
I answered, "Oh, Lord GOD, I really do not know how to speak well enough for that, for I am too young."

New Heart English Bible
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD. Behold, I do not know how to speak; for I am a child."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I, Jeremiah, said, "Almighty LORD, I do not know how to speak. I am only a boy!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said I: 'Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.'

New American Standard 1977
Then I said, “Alas, Lord GOD!
            Behold, I do not know how to speak,
            Because I am a youth.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I said, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I do not know how to speak: for I am a child.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

American King James Version
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

American Standard Version
Then said I, Ah, Lord Jehovah! behold, I know not how to speak; for I am a child.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Ah, ah, ah, Lord God: behold, I cannot speak, for I am a child.

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Alas, Lord Jehovah! behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.

English Revised Version
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

World English Bible
Then I said, "Ah, Lord Yahweh! Behold, I don't know how to speak; for I am a child."

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Ah, Lord Jehovah! lo, I have not known -- to speak, for I am a youth.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-10 Jeremiah's early call to the work and office of a prophet is stated. He was to be a prophet, not to the Jews only, but to the neighbouring nations. He is still a prophet to the whole world, and it would be well if they would attend to these warnings. The Lord who formed us, knows for what particular services and purposes he intended us. But unless he sanctify us by his new-creating Spirit, we shall neither be fit for his holy service on earth, nor his holy happiness in heaven. It becomes us to have low thoughts of ourselves. Those who are young, should consider that they are so, and not venture beyond their powers. But though a sense of our own weakness and insufficiency should make us go humbly about our work, it should not make us draw back when God calls us. Those who have messages to deliver from God, must not fear the face of man. The Lord, by a sign, gave Jeremiah such a gift as was necessary. God's message should be delivered in his own words. Whatever wordly wise men or politicians may think, the safety of kingdoms is decided according to the purpose and word of God.
Study Bible
The Call of Jeremiah
5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." 6Then I said, "Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth." 7But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:10
Then Moses said to the LORD, "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue."

Exodus 6:12
But Moses spoke before the LORD, saying, "Behold, the sons of Israel have not listened to me; how then will Pharaoh listen to me, for I am unskilled in speech?"

Exodus 6:30
But Moses said before the LORD, "Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?"

1 Kings 3:7
"Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.

Jeremiah 32:17
'Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

Ezekiel 4:14
But I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth."

Zechariah 2:4
and said to him, "Run, speak to that young man, saying, 'Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls because of the multitude of men and cattle within it.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Ah, Lord

Jeremiah 4:10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely you have greatly deceived this …

Jeremiah 14:13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say to them, You …

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your …

I cannot

Ezekiel 4:10-16 And your meat which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels …

Ezekiel 6:12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near …

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

for I am

1 Kings 3:7-9 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of …

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