Jeremiah 1:6
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.”

Berean Study Bible
“Ah, Lord GOD,” I said, “I surely do not know how to speak, for I am only a child!”

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

New King James Version
Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

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

NASB 1995
Then I said, "Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth."

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

Amplified Bible
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, For I am [only] a young man.”

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

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."

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, O Lord, thou that art supreme Lord, behold, I know not how to speak, for I am a child.

Contemporary English Version
I replied, "I'm not a good speaker, LORD, and I'm too young."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Ah, ah, ah, Lord God: 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.

Good News Translation
I answered, "Sovereign LORD, I don't know how to speak; I am too young."

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And I say, “Aah! Lord YHWH! Behold, I have not known—to speak, for I [am] a youth.”

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."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
The Call of Jeremiah
5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6“Ah, Lord GOD,” I said, “I surely do not know how to speak, for I am only a child!” 7But the LORD told me: “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ For to everyone I send you, you must go, and all that I command you, you must speak.…

Cross References
Exodus 4:10
"Please, Lord," Moses replied, "I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and tongue."

Exodus 6:12
But in the LORD's presence Moses replied, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, then why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I am unskilled in speech?"

Exodus 6:30
But in the LORD's presence Moses replied, "Since I am unskilled in speech, why would Pharaoh listen to me?"

1 Kings 3:7
And now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in my father David's place. But I am only a little child, not knowing how to go out or come in.

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

Ezekiel 4:14
"Ah, Lord GOD," I said, "I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have not eaten anything found dead or mauled by wild beasts. No unclean meat has ever entered my mouth."

Zechariah 2:4
and said to him, "Run and tell that young man: 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the multitude of men and livestock 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 thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.

Jeremiah 14:13
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.

Jeremiah 32:17
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

I cannot

Ezekiel 4:10-16
And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it…

Ezekiel 6:12
He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.

Isaiah 6:5
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

for I am

1 Kings 3:7-9
And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in…









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
“Ah,
אֲהָהּ֙ (’ă·hāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 162: Alas!

Lord
אֲדֹנָ֣י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

GOD,”
יְהֹוִ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3069: YHWH

I said,
וָאֹמַ֗ר (wā·’ō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I surely
הִנֵּ֥ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

do not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

know
יָדַ֖עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

how to speak,
דַּבֵּ֑ר‪‬ (dab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

for
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I [am]
אָנֹֽכִי׃ (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

only a child!”
נַ֖עַר (na·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer


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