Jeremiah 20:9

“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then I said; I will not make mention of him, nor speake any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart, as a burning fire shut vp in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if I say, "I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name, Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding {it} in, And I cannot endure {it.}"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if I say, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name, then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with forbearing, and I cannot `contain'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if I say, I will not keep him in mind, I will not say another word in his name; then it is in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am tired of keeping myself in, I am not able to do it.
- Basic English Bible

And I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name: but it was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I became wearied with holding in, and I could not.
- Darby Bible

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
- Webster's Bible

If I say, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name, then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with forbearing, and I can't [contain].
- World English Bible

And I said, `I do not mention Him, Nor do I speak any more in His name,' And it hath been in my heart As a burning fire shut up in my bones, And I have been weary of containing, And I am not able.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And if I say: 'I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name', then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I weary myself to hold it in, but cannot.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 20:9


20:9 I said - He did not speak this openly, but in his heart. But - He found in his heart a constraint to go on.


Discussion for Jeremiah 20

  • Blesing
    Jeremiahs words reminds me of Job whose situation was much worse than Jeremiah's. The prophets pain of his present situation consumed him that he forgot God's promise that He will be with him. This is a very big lesson to us when passing through trials, let us know that God is there watching us and ready to help us if we will endure and persevere.
  • Jeremiah was a man of God, a man who feared God. You can quench the power of the wholy spirit, and thats how Jeremiah felt
  • Jeremiah was God 's chosen prophet. You cannot just choose to stop being God 's servant. God has the final say. His word cannot be immobilize or restricted.
  • Tomika Johnson
    God mercy is everlasting protection, thoughth His son Jesus CHRIST,LAYING HIS LIFE DOWN FOR ME. Change my life to greatness, Thank you Lord you are awesome.
  • Mindy ferguson
    I to experience the things like Jeremiah and Jesus the false accusations and etc. But praise God for greater is He who lives in me than he who lives in the world
  • Anonymous
    Jesus' life on earth was like Jeremiah's. People came and blessed the day of His birth. The angels said 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men', but his life was persecuted, cursed, falsely accused of and put to death. He didn't give up on Himself. He must have known the greater outcome, bottom line things that men don't: that His kingdom is not of this world. What hold does death or persecution from men have on His kingdom?

Bible Options