20:2 Then Pashur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the a stocks that [were] in the high gate of Benjamin, which [was] by the house of the LORD.
20:6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thy house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy b friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
(a) Thus we see that the thing which neither the king nor the princes nor the people dared to undertake against the prophet of God, this priest as a chief instrument of Satan first attempted, read ( Jeremiah 18:18 ).
(b) Who have allowed themselves to be abused by your false prophecies. 20:7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was c deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast d prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.
(c) In this appears the impatiency which often overcomes the servants of God when they do not see their labours profit, and also feel their own weakness. See Jeremiah 15:18 20:8 For since I spoke, I cried out, I cried violence and e spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach to me, and a derision, daily.
(d) You thrust me forth to this work against my will.
(e) He shows that he did his office in that he reproved the people of their vices and threatened them with Gods judgments: but because he was derided and persecuted for this, he was discouraged, and would have stopped preaching, except that Gods spirit forced him to it. 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. f Report, [say they], and we will report it. All my friends watched for my fall, [saying], Perhaps he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
20:11 g 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.
(f) Thus the enemies conferred together to know what they had heard him say, that they might accuse him of it, read ( Isaiah 29:21 ).
(g) Here he shows how his faith strove against temptation and sought the Lord for strength. 20:14 h Cursed [be] the day in which I was born: let not the day in which my mother bore me be blessed.
20:16 And let that man be as the i cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noon;
(h) How the children of God are overcome in this battle of the flesh and the Spirit, and into what inconveniences they fall till God raises them up again: read ( Job 3:1 ; Jeremiah 15:10 ).
20:17 Because he slew me not at my birth; or that my mother might have been my grave, and she had not been k delivered.
(i) Alluding to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, ( Genesis 19:25 ).
(k) Meaning that the fruit of it might never come to profit.