Jeremiah 20

Pashhur Persecutes Jeremiah

1When Pashhur the priest, the son of a  Immer, who was b  chief officer in the house of the  Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, 2Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet c  beaten and put him in the d  stocks that were at the upper e  Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the  Lord. 3On the next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “Pashhur is not the name the  Lord has f  called you, but rather
I.e. terror on every side
,
h  Magor-missabib.
4For thus says the  Lord, ‘Behold, I am going to make you a i  terror to yourself and to all your friends; and while j  your eyes look on, they will fall by the sword of their enemies. So I will k  give over all Judah to the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them away as l  exiles to Babylon and will slay them with the sword. 5I will also give over all the m  wealth of this city, all its produce and all its costly things; even all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give over to the n  hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, take them away and bring them to Babylon. 6‘And you, o  Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into captivity; and you will enter Babylon, and there you will die and there you will be buried, you and all your p  friends to whom you have q  falsely prophesied.’”

Jeremiah’s Complaint

7O  Lord, You have deceived me and I was deceived;
You have r  overcome me and prevailed.
I have become a s  laughingstock all day long;
Everyone t  mocks me.
8For each time I speak, I cry aloud;
I u  proclaim violence and destruction,
Because for me the v  word of the  Lord has
Lit become
resulted
In reproach and derision all day long.
9But if I say, “I will not x  remember Him
Or speak anymore in His name,”
Then in y  my heart it becomes like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
And I am weary of holding it in,
And z  I cannot endure it.
10For aa  I have heard the whispering of many,
ab  Terror on every side!
ac  Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!”
Lit Every man of my peace
All my ae  trusted friends,
Watching for my fall, say:
Perhaps he will be
Or persuaded
deceived, so that we may ag  prevail against him
And take our revenge on him.”
11But the ah   Lord is with me like a dread champion;
Therefore my ai  persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will be utterly ashamed, because they have
Lit not succeeded; or not acted wisely
failed,
With an ak  everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
12Yet, O  Lord of hosts, You who al  test the righteous,
Who see the
Lit kidneys
mind and the heart;
Let me an  see Your vengeance on them;
For ao  to You I have set forth my cause.
13 ap  Sing to the  Lord, praise the  Lord!
For He has aq  delivered the soul of the needy one
From the hand of evildoers.

14Cursed be the ar  day when I was born;
Let the day not be blessed when my mother bore me!
15Cursed be the man who brought the news
To my father, saying,
“A
Lit male child
,
at  baby boy has been born to you!”
And made him very happy.
16But let that man be like the cities
Which the  Lord au  overthrew without
Lit being sorry
relenting,
And let him hear an aw  outcry in the morning
And a
Or trumpet blast
shout of alarm at noon;
17Because he did not ay  kill me
Lit from the womb
before birth,
So that my mother would have been my grave,
And her womb ever pregnant.
18Why did I ever come forth from the womb
To ba  look on trouble and sorrow,
So that my bb  days have been spent in bc  shame?

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