10 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.”(A)

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12 But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen(A) to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips[a]?”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 6:12 Hebrew I am uncircumcised of lips; also in verse 30

30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips,(A) why would Pharaoh listen to me?”

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15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan(A) is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.(B)

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21 Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe(A) of Israel, and is not my clan the least(B) of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?(C) Why do you say such a thing to me?”

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17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small(A) in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel.

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18 But David said to Saul, “Who am I,(A) and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?(B)

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David’s Prayer(A)

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I,(B) Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

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But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him?(A) Who then am I(B) to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?

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“Woe(A) to me!” I cried. “I am ruined!(B) For I am a man of unclean lips,(C) and I live among a people of unclean lips,(D) and my eyes have seen(E) the King,(F) the Lord Almighty.”(G)

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“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak;(A) I am too young.”(B)

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