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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 20\\

This chapter gives an account of the usage that Jeremiah met with from
many for his prophecies, and the effect it had upon him. He was smitten
and put in the stocks by Pashur the priest, who released him the next
day, \\#Jer 20:1-3\\; upon which he prophesies again of the delivery of the
city of Jerusalem, with all its riches, and of the whole land, to the
Chaldeans; and particularly that Pashur should be a terror to himself
and all his friends; and that both he and they should be carried
captive into Babylon, and die, and be buried there, \\#Jer 20:4-6\\; and
then he complains of his being mocked at by the people for the word of
the Lord; which he therefore determined to make no more mention of, but
was obliged to it; and of the defamations of him, and snares that were
laid for him, \\#Jer 20:7-10\\; under which he is supported with the
consideration of the Lord's being with him, and that his enemies should
not prevail, but be confounded; and appeals to him, and calls for
vengeance from him on them; and, in the view of deliverance, not only
praises the Lord himself, but calls upon others to join with him in it,
\\#Jer 20:11-13\\; and yet, after all, the chapter is concluded with his
cursing the day of his birth, and the man that brought his father the
news of it, \\#Jer 20:14-18\\.