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. Look, 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.'
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 …

(6) Ah, Lord God!--Better, Alas, O Lord Jehovah! as answering to the Hebrew Adonai Jehovah.

I cannot speak.--In the same sense as the "I am not eloquent" of Moses (Exodus 4:10), literally, "a man of words," i.e., have no gifts of utterance.

I am a child.--Later Jewish writers fix the age of fourteen as that up to which the term rendered "child" might be used. With Jeremiah it was probably more indefinite, and in the intense consciousness of his own weakness he would naturally use a word below the actual standard of his age; and there is accordingly nothing against assuming any age within the third hebdomad of life. In Genesis 34:19 it is used of a young man old enough for marriage. The words are memorable as striking a note common to the lives of many prophets; common, also, we may add, to most men as they feel themselves called to any great work. So Moses draws back: "I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue" (Exodus 4:10). So Isaiah cries, "Woe is me! for . . . I am a man of unclean lips" (Isaiah 6:5); and Peter, "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord" (Luke 5:8). Something of the same shrinking is implied in St. Paul's command to Timothy (1Timothy 4:12). In tracing the whole course of Jeremiah's work, we must never forget the divine constraint by which he entered on them. A necessity was laid upon him, as afterwards on St. Paul (1Corinthians 9:16).

Verse 6. - Ah, Lord God! rather, Alas, O Lord Jehovah! It is a cry of alarm and pain, and recurs in Jeremiah 4:10; Jeremiah 14:13; Jeremiah 32:17. I am a child. I am too young to support such an office. The word rendered "child" is used elsewhere of youths nearly grown up (comp. Genesis 34:19; Genesis 41:12; 1 Kings 3:7). Then said I, Ah, Lord God!.... The word "Ah", or "Ahah", is used in distress and grief, as Kimchi observes; and is expressive of mourning and complaint, as Jarchi notes; and shows that the prophet was troubled and uneasy at his call, and would gladly have been excused on the following account:

behold, I cannot speak; or, "I know not how to speak" (r); properly and pertinently, politely and eloquently, especially before great personages, kings and princes, and the citizens of Jerusalem, being brought up in a rustic manner in the country. A like excuse Moses made, Exodus 4:10. The Targum is, "I know not to prophesy: for I am a child"; meaning either in knowledge and understanding, or in years; not a mere child, but a "junior", as the Septuagint version renders the word; or a "young man", as the Arabic version; so Samuel and Zechariah were young men, when they first ministered in their office, 1 Samuel 3:1. Abarbinel supposes that Jeremiah was now twelve or fifteen years of age; but it should seem rather that he was more, perhaps twenty years of age; since he seems to have prophesied to the men of Anathoth before he was sent to Jerusalem, Jeremiah 11:21.

(r) "uescio loqui", V. L. Munster, Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius; "non novi loqui", Pagninus, Montanus. 6. From the long duration of his office (Jer 1:2, 3; Jer 40:1, etc.; Jer 43:8, etc.), it is supposed that he was at the time of his call under twenty-five years of age.

child—the same word is translated, "young man" (2Sa 18:5). The reluctance often shown by inspired ministers of God (Ex 4:10; 6:12, 30; Jon 1:3) to accept the call, shows that they did not assume the office under the impulse of self-deceiving fanaticism, as false prophets often did.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.
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