Jeremiah 20:7-18 (The Webster Bible)

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7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. 8 For since I spoke, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach to me, and a derision, daily. 9 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]. 10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, [say they], and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, [saying], Perhaps he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. 11 But the LORD [is] with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: [their] everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, [and] seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for to thee have I opened my cause. 13 Sing to the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evil-doers. 14 Cursed [be] the day in which I was born: let not the day in which my mother bore me be blessed. 15 Cursed [be] the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A male child is born to thee; making him very glad. 16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noon; 17 Because he slew me not at my birth; or that my mother might have been my grave, and she had not been delivered. 18 Why was I brought into the world to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
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