The estimates of several reliable commentators range from about16 to25 years old. A like excuse Moses made, Exodus 4:10. Jeremiah 17:24-26 gives Judah a promise if they do keep the Sabbath. Be not afraid of their faces.] Behold, I will bring it health and cure — The latter part of this verse expounds the former: for, by health and cure, the prophet means peace and truth, or, stability. 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. Read Jeremiah 1 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. 27:12-22). Thus saith Jahveh: To the ways of the heathen use yourselves not, and at the signs of the heaven be not dismayed, because the heathen are dismayed at them. The disturbed and calamitous state of the nation being compared to wounds and sickness, (see Jeremiah 8:21-22; Jeremiah … (6) Ah, Lord God!—Better, Alas, O Lord Jehovah! , margin,) “I am not a man of words;” but Jeremiah, overwhelmed with the greatness of his work. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! v.4 The people continue to close their ears to God's word after those many years. (Calmet). Ver. Jeremiah"s age at his call is not clear except that he was a youth (Heb. Genesis 14:24; Genesis 22:3; Genesis 34:19; Exodus 2:6; Exodus 33:11; 1 Samuel 4:21; Judges 8:14). For he might call himself a child by way of extenuating his abilities; as Solomon calls himself a little child, 1 Kings 1:7, although at that time he was married, and must have been at least twenty years of age. ; Jeremiah 43:8, etc. The word אהה, "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"F18לא ידעתי דבר "uescio loqui", V. L. Munster, Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius; "non novi loqui", Pagninus, Montanus. He is shown in a vision the whole land in confusion. Because its difficulty frightened him: and yet this very reason ought to rouse readers to a greater attention, as it no doubt awakened hearers when Jeremiah spoke to them. Ah. I cannot speak; not dumb, as Zacharias, Luke 1:20,22, nor stammering, as Moses, Exodus 4:10,14; but not with that becoming gravity and commanding majesty as is suitable to a prophet; he modestly excuseth himself, from a consideration of the weight of the work, and the tenderness of his age, as in the next expression. But these words especially reflect his sense of the greatness of the work before a prophet of God at that time; and so, by implication, the unspirituality and corruption of the time. 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 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. Ver. In tracing the whole course of Jeremiah’s work, we must never forget the divine constraint by which he entered on them. 24 ¶ And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. "the prophet like Moses," which Moses predicted would come after himself (, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. They know also the awful responsibility that attaches to the work; and nothing but the authority of God can induce such to undertake it. The old Latin hath it A, A, A, whereby is noted, say some, a threefold defect - scil., of age, of knowledge, and of eloquence; but that is more subtle than solid. True worth is ever modest; and the more fit any man is for whatsoever vocation, the less he thinketh hinlself; forwardness argueth insufficiency. Still the long duration of his prophetic mission makes it probable that he was very young when called to the office, as also were Isaiah, Hosea, Zechariah, and others. Septuagint, "thou Being." O ye children of Benjamin, &c. — The prophet proceeds in his remonstrances, rebukes, and faithful warnings to the disobedient Jews. He was weak to cope with giant evils. . Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth. In contrast, stories about the life of Jeremiah comprise one of the signature features of the book that bears his name. Jeremiah 8:8 How do ye say, We [are] wise, and the law of the LORD [is] with us? 8 Do not be afraid(C) of them, for I am with you(D) and will rescue(E) you,” declares the Lord.(F). Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Jeremiah"s contemporaries could very well have mistaken him for "the prophet like Moses," which Moses predicted would come after himself ( Deuteronomy 18:18). Jeremiah 10:3-5. So Moses is at it with his "Who am I?," [Exodus 3:11] whereas none in all Egypt was comparably fit for such an embassy. App-92. Narratives of imprisonment, commitment to God’s command not to marry or have children, persecution, false accusations of treason, forced exile … Continue reading "Commentary on Jeremiah … They were set upon the world, and wholly carried away by the love of it. Study the bible online using commentary on Jeremiah 1 and more! And this is where the Lord has to pause from his message to Judah and really fix his gaze on his prophet, Jeremiah. “They are inflexible, immoveable, fixed, without action or motion, like the trunk of a tree: … 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. Commentary on Jeremiah 1:4-10 View Bible Text . Ah! He was probably around forty years of age. (Haydock) --- He does not imitate a child. And as the bottle was broken, so shall Judah and Jerusalem be broken by the Chaldeans. ; 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. How do ye say, We are wise?] Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! 1. … Continue reading "Commentary on Jeremiah 23:1-6" He was to be a prophet, not to the Jews only, but to the neighbouring nations. 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. But even then the judgment has not come to a height. 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak;(A) I am too young.”(B), 7 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. The old Latin hath it A, A, A, whereby is noted, say some, a threefold defect - scil., of age, of knowledge, and of eloquence; but that is more subtle than solid. child — the same word is translated, “young man” (2 Samuel 18:5). for . I am a child - This implies nothing very definite about Jeremiah‘s age. an introductory interjection, making way for his excuse in a way of grief and complaint, endeavouring with all reverence to clear himself of undertaking such a work rashly, it being properly the sigh of one that hath too great a weight upon his shoulders. Nevertheless Jeremiah, in his own opinion, "cannot speak"; that is, was no way fit to speak. Leadership is a buzzword in many disciplines these days: business, law, medicine, education, politics, and congregational life. He was young in the presence of hoary abuses. Or. Tanto negotio tam instructum oratorem me non agnosco. Protestants, "Then said I: Ah, Lord God." . Jeremiah was called to prophesy during Josiah's reign. 8. He was weak to cope with giant evils. behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child. Then said I, Ah, Lord God!] Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I [am] with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.. Ver. Archbishop Ussher was converted at ten years old, preached early, and so continued to do for sixty years, or nearly so. as answering to the Hebrew Adonai Jehovah. behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child. Thus God refused to accept the excuse of Moses, made on a like occasion. Thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee — This is not so much a command as a promise: as much as to say, I … In Genesis 34:19 it is used of a young man old enough for marriage. Figure of speech Asterismos. Jeremiah 10:3. John Trapp Complete Commentary. The Lord tells the people that he’s going to exile them out of the land in Jeremiah 10:17-18. 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. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly That is, the false prophets and lying priests, who pretended to be physicians, and to heal the sickly and distempered state of the people; and they did do it, in their way, but not thoroughly; they did not search the wound to the bottom; they drew a skin over it, and made a scar of it, and called it a … Behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child — We cannot infer from this, that Jeremiah was within the years of what is properly called childhood. 6. Jeremiah 1:6. ), it is supposed that he was at the time of his call under twenty-five years of age. Jeremiah says that his eye 'shall run down with tears, because the flock of Jehovah is carried away captive' (Jeremiah 13:17). A necessity was laid upon him, as afterwards on St. Paul (1 Corinthians 9:16). Knowing well his too great weakness for such an office, he exclaims: Ah, Lord Jahveh! Jeremiah 10 Commentary Verses 17-25 & Exile. Look they never so big, as did Henry VIII upon Latimer and upon Lambert, who yet told him his own; as did Stephen Gardiner upon Dr Taylor, martyr, but had as good as he brought. Anyone who reads Jeremiah 18:1-11 and expects that words from God are always words of comfort and reassurance will have to stop and think again. For I am a child.] behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. Since, then, most men too readily assume the office of teaching, and many boldly intrude into it, Jeremiah, in order to avoid the very suspicion of rashness, informs us that he was constrained to take the office. Jeremiah 15:16. Commentary on Jeremiah 4:19-31 (Read Jeremiah 4:19-31) The prophet had no pleasure in delivering messages of wrath. All rights reserved worldwide. For it is wood, which one hath cut out of the forest, a work of the craftsman's hands with the axe. Jeremiah 33:6-8. ; 43:8, etc. Jeremiah 1:7-8. Hebrew ahah. He was to be a prophet, not to the Jews only, but to the neighbouring nations. (a) Mr Beza was likewise converted at sixteen years old (for the which, as for a special mercy, he giveth God thanks in his last will and testament), and lived a preacher in Geneva to a very great age. 8. I am a child.—Later Jewish writers fix the age of fourteen as that up to which the term rendered “child” might be used. Then said I, Ah, Lord God, &c. — He modestly excuses himself from a consideration of the weight of the work, and the tenderness of his age, as in the next expression. John Trapp Complete Commentary. They are upright, &c. — They are like the trunk of the palm-tree — Houb. Gather yourselves to flee - Gather your goods together to remove them to a place of safety. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the … New International Version (NIV). The children gather wood, or sticks; for the word is plural, and so used Numbers 15:32,33; an employment, if we understand small sticks, proper for children; if greater … He is still a prophet to the whole world, and it would be well if they would attend to these warnings. Jeremiah 17 Commentary | Continuation for Keeping Sabbath. "At that time" points back to "days come" in Jeremiah 7:32. But the Lord said unto me, &c. — God refuses to accept of his excuse, and renews his commission to him to execute the prophetic office. The divine call throws Jeremiah into terror. Jeremiah"s response to his call reveals the first of his many similarities to Moses (cf. The spotlight of judgment is focused on “the shepherds.” While actual shepherds were among the poor and lowly in ancient Near Eastern societies, “shepherd” was also a term used to refer to a king. So did Timothy, Origen, Cornelius Mus, a famous preacher, say his fellow Jesuites, at eleven years of age. Jeremiah was young, had looked but little abroad into the world, and perhaps did not know, nor could have believed, what abominable idolatries the children of his people were guilty of; but God tells him, that he might know what to level his reproofs against and what to ground his threatenings upon, and that he might himself be satisfied in the equity of the sentence which in … Hence the excuse that is added is that of modesty. A great part of Jerusalem stood in the tribe of Benjamin, Joshua 18:28; on which account, and because Jeremiah, being of Anathoth, was of that tribe, and probably lived therein, the inhabitants are here addressed by the name of the … Jeremiah 15 Commentary | God Corrects the Prophet. Then said I, Ah, Lord God!] Behold, I cannot speak.] Jeremiah addresses the men of Benjamin, either as being his own tribesmen, or as a name appropriate to the people of Jerusalem, which also was situate in the tribe of Benjamin. 6. I know not how to speak; for I am נער, i.e., young and inexperienced; cf. There is no resistance on Jeremiah‘s part, but he shrinks back alarmed. Then I said, "Alas, Lord God ! ), it is supposed he was at his call at least under 25 years of age. v.3 Jeremiah had been prophesying for approximately twenty-three years. This is true of all God"s messengers. na"ar, a word that elsewhere in the Old Testament describes children through young men; cf. The voice is that of the prophet Jeremiah however the words are Yahweh’s. He was young in the presence of hoary abuses. 1 Kings 3:7. It was a usual saying of Luther, Etsi iam senex, et in concionando exercitus sum, &c. Although I am now an old man, and an experienced preacher, yet I tremble as oft as I go up into the pulpit. Verbum angustiae. na"ar, a youth. Something of the same shrinking is implied in St. Paul’s command to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:12). 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. In years, and so not ripe or apt for the declaring of great things, and that to princes and nobles. The study of leadership has become a sub-discipline in many academic and professional fields, and in the past ten years it has become a major component of various Master of Divinity curricula. Jeremiah's call to the prophetic office. Answering to Jeremiah 17:6; whereas the unbelievers “shall not see (even) when good cometh,” the believer “shall not see (so as to be overwhelmed by it even) when heat (fiery trial) cometh.” Trials shall come upon him as on all, nay, upon him especially (Hebrews 12:6); but he … Secondly, he says that he refused the office, that he might gain more esteem, and render his disciples more attentive. When the Lord revealed his calling to him, Jeremiah expressed dismay: first, because he was still a youth, and second, because he had not yet learned how to speak confidently and effectively. Lo, certainly in vain made he [it]; the pen of the scribes [is] in vain. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. From the long duration of his office, from Josiah's time until at least the passing of the Jewish remnant into Egypt after the capture of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 1:2-3; Jeremiah 40:1, etc. Jeremiah was probably about20 years old. The Lord who formed us, knows for what particular services and purposes he intended us. 6.I am a child — Moses said, (Exodus 4:10, margin,) “I am not a man of words;” but Jeremiah, overwhelmed with the greatness of his work, cries out, “I am a child!” The original word, na’ar, ( ,) has more scope of meaning than our word “child,” being in one instance, in plain historical prose, applied to Isaac when he was twenty-eight years old; and yet there is reason to think that Jeremiah was called to the prophetical office at an unusually early age. Jeremiah 18 Commentary | Jeremiah’s Observation. 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. David Guzik commentary on Jeremiah 1, describing the call of young Jeremiah, a reluctant prophet who God wonderfully used over a long period of years. App-6. Jeremiah was an excellent speaker, as well appeareth by these ensuing homilies of his, which show that he was suaviter gravis, et graviter suavis (as one saith of Basil), a grave and sweet preacher, one that could deliver his mind fitly, and dared to do it freely. Jeremiah 18:1 ¶ The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. David Guzik commentary on Jeremiah 8, where Jeremiah preaches the stubborness of Judah, who rejected the word of the Lord. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Lord GOD. If any one asks, whether Jeremiah acted rightly in refusing what God enjoined? The reluctance often shown by inspired ministers of God (Exodus 4:10; Exodus 6:12, Exodus 6:30; Jonah 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. Jeremiah’s first-person poetic account of God’s calling him as a prophet echoes in brief, elliptical form the narrative of Moses’ commission to lead the Israelite slaves from Egypt in Exodus 3. This excuse shows that לא יד means something else than לא אישׁ דברים, by which Moses sought to repel God's summons. After having spoken of his call, the Prophet adds, that he at first refused his office, and he states this for two reasons; first, that he might clear himself from every suspicion of rashness, for we know how much ambition prevails among men, according to what James intimates, that many wish to be teachers, (James 3:1) and there is hardly one who is not anxious to be listened to. Every end of our comforts is not a full end. Jeremiah 10:4. Hebrew Adonai Jehovah. Most prophetic books provide little or no information about the life of the prophet. I cannot speak, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 4:10). Probably about Josiah"s age; for he began to reign at 8 years of age, and 8+13 would make him 21. Hebrew. 2. From the long duration of his office (Jeremiah 1:2, Jeremiah 1:3; Jeremiah 40:1, etc. We then see that God forgave his timidity, for it proceeded, as we have just said, from a right feeling; and we know that from good principles vices often arise. 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). cries out, “I am a child!” The original word. When Jeremiah intended to go to the land of Benjamin he was captured and cast into the dungeon (Jeremiah 37:11-21; Jeremiah … He might be above 30 years old, though some say (Calmet) only 14, (Tirinus) or less; yet he finds himself devoid of eloquence, like Moses, Exodus xiv. No human hand can repair it; but if they return to the Lord he will heal. Jeremiah 8:1. So Isaiah cries, “Woe is me! Jeremiah 10 Commentary Verses 17-18. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. (1-10) A vision of an almond-tree and of a seething-pot, Divine protection is promised. The change in the fortunes of the Jews is compared by the prophets to a shepherd's seeking his lost sheep, and feeding them again in green pastures (Jeremiah 31:10; Jeremiah 1:19; Ezekiel 34:11-16). See App-4. But it was yet a laudable thing in Jeremiah, that he thought himself not sufficiently qualified to undertake the prophetic office, and that he wished to be excused, and that another should be chosen endued with more courage and with better qualifications. Child - the same word is translated "young man," 2 Samuel 18:5. Jeremiah 6:14. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. And as we’ve seen every time that God gives a command, Jeremiah obeys more-or-less immediately. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our NEW "Know the Bible" series. And the word child, or youth, is elsewhere used of those who were arrived at the first years of manhood. Samuel also, and Daniel, began very young. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Psalm 1:3).shall not see — that is, feel. Epiphanius saith that Jeremiah was not even over fourteen or fifteen when he began to prophesy. v.11-14 Jeremiah predicts In experience, being altogether unskilful in such affairs, not having been used to prophesy, and therefore in neither respect likely to be much regarded. Commentary on Jeremiah 19:10-15 (Read Jeremiah 19:10-15) The potter's vessel, after it is hardened, can never be pieced again when it is broken. But why did he refuse to obey God, when called to the prophetic function? Compared with what it was, every thing is out of order; but the ruin of the Jewish nation would not be final. One cutteth down a tree, &c. — The prophet here exposes the folly of men’s worshipping the work of their own hands, by arguments similar to those which are used by Isaiah 44:10-20; where see the notes. For the ordinances of the peoples are vain. He takes a surprising amount of … of meaning than our word “child,” being in one instance, in plain historical prose, applied to Isaac when he was twenty-eight years old; and yet there is reason to think that Jeremiah was called to the prophetical office at an unusually early age. Ver. New International Version (NIV) 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in … 7 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Stand at the gate of the Lord ’s house and there proclaim this message: “‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. And now, with that first major section of Jeremiah 10 completed, the Lord gets back to threatening his rebellious unrepentant people with exile for the rest of Jeremiah 10. False Religion Worthless. Blaney renders it, I will make it, namely, the city or state perfectly sound and whole. If we judge of this sin by God's word, we find multitudes in every station and rank given up to it. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. But this refers more to inefficiency than to age. (11-19) Commentary on Jeremiah 1:1-10 (Read Jeremiah 1:1-10) Jeremiah's early call to the work and office of a prophet is stated. It is a vivid reminder that depending on human response, God … Continue reading "Commentary on Jeremiah 18:1-11" The reluctance often shown by inspired ministers of God (as Moses, Exodus 4:10; Exodus 6:12; Exodus 6:30; Jonah, Jonah 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. But these words especially reflect his sense of the greatness of the work before a prophet of God at that time; and so, by implication, the unspirituality and corruption of the time. As we enter into a new … Continue reading "Commentary on Jeremiah … Even sinners long dead must yet bear the shame of their sins. I shall proceed with what remains tomorrow. See Exodus 6:30; and Exodus 7:1-2. behold. The people to whom they spoke did not believe either prophet, and both men claimed to be inadequate as speakers, to name only two likenesses. Hence some of the Jews judged our Saviour to have been Jeremiah propter dicendi agendique gravitatem et parrhesian, for his gravity and freedom of speech. Verbum angustiae. Commentary on Jeremiah 6:9-17 (Read Jeremiah 6:9-17) When the Lord arises to take vengeance, no sinners of any age or rank, or of either sex escape. I cannot speak - i. e., “I cannot prophesy,” I have not those powers of oratory necessary for success. Jeremiah 6:1. This familiar passage about “The Potter and the Clay” turns the idea of a loving God on its head. Jeremiah Called to Be a Priest The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. The prophets of Israel were the national preachers in religious matters, and their orators in political. Exodus 4:1-17). The Lord is very patient. NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print. Jeremiah 10:2. If ye were so, ye would never say so. The Call of Jeremiah - The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and … the answer is, that God pardoned his servant, for it was not his design to reject his call, or to exempt himself from obedience, or to shake off the yoke, because he regarded his own leisure, or his own fame, or any similar considerations: Jeremiah looked on nothing of this kind; but when he thought of himself, he felt, that he was wholly unequal to undertake an office so arduous. Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! I am aware of a formatting issue in the NIV '84 edition. 1:1-10 Jeremiah's early call to the work and office of a prophet is stated. 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. Thy words were found, and I did eat them, &e.] The messages he was called to deliver unto others appeared to him to be of God, and they were as welcome to him as food is to a hungry man; he cheerfully received them, treasured them up in his memory, digested them in his mind, and carefully retained them. The passage opens with an ominous tone: Woe! So Moses draws back: “I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue” (Exodus 4:10). a child. Heb., I know not to speak, i.e., aright, and as I ought. Here God shows how busily they are employed from the youngest to the oldest, and how industrious for their idolatry, Jeremiah 44:1-7; see Matthew 24:38; every one in the family doth somewhat towards it. 10. 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