Jeremiah 20

Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur

1Now a  Pashhur the priest, the son of b  Immer, who was c  chief officer in the house of the  Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2Then d  Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him e  in the stocks that were in the upper f  Benjamin Gate of the house of the  Lord. 3The next day, when g  Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The  Lord does not call your name h  Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. 4For thus says the  Lord: Behold, I will make you i  a 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, j  I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its k  prized 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, l  Pashhur, 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, m  to whom you have prophesied falsely.”

7 O  Lord, n  you have deceived me,
and I was deceived;
o  you are stronger than I,
and you have prevailed.
p  I have become a laughingstock all the day;
everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I cry out,
I shout q  Violence and destruction!”
For r  the word of the  Lord has become for me
s  a reproach and t  derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
u  there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and v  I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
10 w  For I hear many whispering.
x  Terror is on every side!
Denounce him! y  Let us denounce him!”
say all my z  close friends,
aa  watching for ab  my fall.
Perhaps he will be deceived;
then ac  we can overcome him
and take our revenge on him.”
11But ad  the  Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
ae  they will not overcome me.
af  They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their ag  eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
12O  Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
ah  who 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 aj  Sing to the  Lord;
praise the  Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.
14 ak  Cursed 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,”
al  making him very glad.
16Let that man be like am  the cities
that the  Lord overthrew without pity;
an  let him hear a cry in the morning
and an alarm at noon,
17 ao  because he did not kill me in the womb;
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb forever great.
18 ap  Why did I come out from the womb
aq  to see toil and sorrow,
and spend my days in shame?
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