Jeremiah 1:7
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New International Version
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

New Living Translation
The LORD replied, "Don't say, 'I'm too young,' for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
But 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.

King James Bible
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD said to me: Do not say, "I am only a youth," for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you.

International Standard Version
Then the LORD told me, "Don't say, 'I'm only a young man,' for you will go everywhere I send you, and you will speak everything I command you.

NET Bible
The LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' But go to whomever I send you and say whatever I tell you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the LORD said to me, "Don't say that you are only a boy. You will go wherever I send you. You will say whatever I command you to say.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the LORD said unto me, Do not say, I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

King James 2000 Bible
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you you shall speak.

American King James Version
But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatever I command you you shall speak.

American Standard Version
But Jehovah said unto me, Say not, I am a child; for to whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go, and whatsoever I shall command thee thou shalt speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to me: Say not: I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee: and whatsoever I shall command thee, thou shalt speak.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jehovah said unto me, Say not, I am a child; for thou shalt go to whomsoever I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

English Revised Version
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for to whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go, and whatsoever I shall command thee thou shalt speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatever I command thee thou shalt speak.

World English Bible
But Yahweh said to me, "Don't say, 'I am a child;' for to whoever I shall send you, you shall go, and whatever I shall command you, you shall speak.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto me, 'Do not say, I am a youth, for to all to whom I send thee thou goest, and all that I command thee thou speakest.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Thou shalt go, etc. Thoughts of self are altogether out of place in one who has received a Divine commission. Jeremiah's duty is simple obedience. In put-suing this path he cannot but be safe (ver. 8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But the Lord said unto me, say not, I am a child,.... This excuse will not be admitted:

for thou shall go to all that I shall send thee; either to "every place", as the Targum paraphrases; or "to all persons to whom" he should be sent, as the Septuagint and Arabic versions render the words; or "to all things for which" he should send him, as the Syriac and Vulgate Latin versions. The sense is, that he should go everywhere, and to every person, and on every errand and message he should be sent unto and with:

and whatsoever I command thee, thou shall speak; out and openly, and keep back nothing through the fear of men; as follows:

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. to all that—to all "to whom" [Rosenmuller]. Rather, "to all against whom"; in a hostile sense (compare Jer 1:8, 17, 18, 19) [Maurer]. Such was the perversity of the rulers and people of Judea at that time, that whoever would desire to be a faithful prophet needed to arm himself with an intrepid mind; Jeremiah was naturally timid and sensitive; yet the Spirit moulded him to the necessary degree of courage without taking away his peculiar individuality.

Jeremiah 1:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Call of Jeremiah
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. 8"Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.…
Cross References
Numbers 22:20
That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."

1 Kings 3:7
"Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.

Jeremiah 1:17
"Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

Jeremiah 7:27
"When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.

Ezekiel 2:3
He said: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.

Ezekiel 2:4
The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'

Ezekiel 2:7
You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.

Amos 7:15
But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'
Treasury of Scripture

But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatever I command you you shall speak.

for thou shalt

Jeremiah 1:17,18 You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all …

Exodus 7:1,2 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: …

Numbers 22:20,38 And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come …

1 Kings 22:14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD lives, what the LORD said to me, that …

2 Chronicles 18:13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD lives, even what my God said, that will I speak.

Ezekiel 2:3-5 And he said to me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, …

Ezekiel 3:17-21,27 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God.

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