New International Version
"Alas, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am too young."
King James Bible
Then said I, 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.
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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I cannot speak - Being very young, and wholly inexperienced, I am utterly incapable of conceiving aright, or of clothing these Divine subjects in suitable language. Those who are really called of God to the sacred ministry are such as have been brought to a deep acquaintance with themselves, feel their own ignorance, and know their own weakness. They know also the awful responsibility that attaches to the work; and nothing but the authority of God can induce such to undertake it. They whom God never called run, because of worldly honor and emolument: the others hear the call with fear and trembling, and can go only in the strength of Jehovah.
"How ready is the man to go,
Whom God hath never sent!
How timorous, diffident, and slow,
God's chosen instrument!"
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"Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree." --JEREMIAH i. 7-19. And through the almond tree the Lord gave the trembling young prophet the strength of assurance. The almond tree is the first to awake from its wintry sleep. When all other trees are held in frozen slumber the almond blossoms are looking out on the barren world. And God is like that, awake and vigilant. Nobody anticipates Him. Wherever Jeremiah was sent on his prophetic mission the Lord would be there before …
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Epistle iv. To Cyriacus, Bishop.
Moses said to the LORD, "Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."
But Moses said to the LORD, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?"
But Moses said to the LORD, "Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?"
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.
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Then I said, "Not so, Sovereign LORD! I have never defiled myself. From my youth until now I have never eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals. No impure meat has ever entered my mouth."
and said to him: "Run, tell that young man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it.
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