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

  • Obbie Beal
    WOW, WOW, WOW! Jeremiah is not alone.... the day has come (2017) and it is our time,... we must stand or put our head in the sand... WOW, WOW, WOW!
  • A disciple
    Even though the LORD had foretold everything to Jeremiah, about how the people would NOT receive him nor hear his words, but would fight against him; yet still, when he actually begins to experience what God sees every day, it is hard! We wishfully [mis]-think that if we really were mature in the Spirit, and could speak perfectly as right from the Lord, that people would receive it as a blessing.
  • Bobby Wright
    I think that God was showing Jeremiah even in his on trials going to jail being beat
    that grace still protected him.
  • A disciple
    "Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?" Since Cain murdered his brother; since the entire human race that once had the knowledge of God refused anymore to receive the striving of the Spirit of God; since the Nations have made the doctrine and spirit of the heathen their Natural Mind; the whole creation waits on God's vengeance.
  • BSP
    In verse 9 Jeremiah had reached his limit. He honestly expressed his feelings to Jehovah God. We should do the same by earnest prayer.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Jeremiah 20: 11 is particularly striking and a promise children of God should hold dearly. The Lord will be with us "as a Mighty Terrible One".

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