Jeremiah 20:7-18 ESV

7 O LORD, 1you have deceived me, and I was deceived; 2you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. 3I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me.

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8 For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, 4"Violence and destruction!" For 5the word of the LORD has become for me 6a reproach and 7derision all day long.

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9 If I say, "I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name," 8there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and 9I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

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10 10For I hear many whispering. 11Terror is on every side! "Denounce him! 12Let us denounce him!" say all my 13close friends, 14watching for 15my fall. "Perhaps he will be deceived; then 16we can overcome him and take our revenge on him."

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11 But 17the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; 18they will not overcome me. 19They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their 20eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.

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12 O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous, 21who sees the heart and the mind,a let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.

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    • | 20:12 - Hebrew kidneys
      13 22Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.

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      14 23Cursed be the day on which I was born! The day when my mother bore me, let it not be blessed!

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      15 Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father, "A son is born to you," 24making him very glad.

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      16 Let that man be like 25the cities that the LORD overthrew without pity; 26let him hear a cry in the morning and an alarm at noon,

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      17 27because he did not kill me in the womb; so my mother would have been my grave, and her womb forever great.

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      18 28Why did I come out from the womb 29to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame?

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