he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten1 and put in the stocks2 at the Upper Gate of Benjamin3 at the LORD's temple.
The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, "The LORD's name4 for you is not Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib.a54
For this is what the LORD says: 'I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes6 you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will hand7 all Judah over to the king of Babylon, who will carry8 them away to Babylon or put them to the sword.
I will hand over to their enemies all the wealth9 of this city--all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away10 as plunder and carry it off to Babylon.
And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied11 lies.' "
O LORD, you deceivedb12 me, and I was deceivedc; you overpowered13 me and prevailed. I am ridiculed14 all day long; everyone mocks15 me.
Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction.16 So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach17 all day long.
But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,"18 his word is in my heart like a fire,19 a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;20 indeed, I cannot.
I hear many whispering, "Terror21 on every side! Report22 him! Let's report him!" All my friends23 are waiting for me to slip,24 saying, "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail25 over him and take our revenge26 on him."
But the LORD 27 is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors28 will stumble and not prevail.29 They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;30 their dishonor will never be forgotten.
O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind,31 let me see your vengeance32 upon them, for to you I have committed33 my cause.