Jeremiah 20

Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur

1Now aPashhur the priest, the son of bImmer, who was cchief officer in the house of the  Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2Then dPashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him ein the stocks that were in the upper fBenjamin Gate of the house of the  Lord. 3The next day, when gPashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The  Lord does not call your name hPashhur, but Terror on Every Side. 4For thus says the  Lord: Behold, I will make you ia terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall strike them down with the sword. 5Moreover, jI will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its kprized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. 6And you, lPashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, mto whom you have prophesied falsely.”

7 O  Lord, nyou have deceived me,
and I was deceived;
oyou are stronger than I,
and you have prevailed.
pI have become a laughingstock all the day;
everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I cry out,
I shout qViolence and destruction!”
For rthe word of the  Lord has become for me
sa reproach and tderision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
uthere is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and vI am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
10 wFor I hear many whispering.
xTerror is on every side!
Denounce him! yLet us denounce him!”
say all my zclose friends,
aawatching for abmy fall.
Perhaps he will be deceived;
then acwe can overcome him
and take our revenge on him.”
11But adthe  Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
aethey will not overcome me.
afThey will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their ageternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
12O  Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
ahwho sees the heart and the mind
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let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.
13 ajSing to the  Lord;
praise the  Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.
14 akCursed be the day
on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
let it not be blessed!
15Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
“A son is born to you,”
almaking him very glad.
16Let that man be like amthe cities
that the  Lord overthrew without pity;
anlet him hear a cry in the morning
and an alarm at noon,
17 aobecause he did not kill me in the womb;
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb forever great.
18 apWhy did I come out from the womb
aqto see toil and sorrow,
and spend my days in shame?
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