Jeremiah 20:7-18 NIV

Jeremiah's Complaint

7 O LORD, you deceiveda1 me, and I was deceivedb; you overpowered2 me and prevailed. I am ridiculed3 all day long; everyone mocks4 me.

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    • b 20:7 - Or "persuaded"
    • c 20:7 - Or "persuaded"
      8 Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction.5 So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach6 all day long.

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      9 But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,"7 his word is in my heart like a fire,8 a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;9 indeed, I cannot.

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      10 I hear many whispering, "Terror10 on every side! Report11 him! Let's report him!" All my friends12 are waiting for me to slip,13 saying, "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail14 over him and take our revenge15 on him."

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      11 But the LORD 16 is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors17 will stumble and not prevail.18 They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;19 their dishonor will never be forgotten.

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      12 O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind,20 let me see your vengeance21 upon them, for to you I have committed22 my cause.

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      13 Sing23 to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues24 the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.25

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      14 Cursed be the day I was born!26 May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!

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      15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, who made him very glad, saying, "A child is born to you--a son!"
      16 May that man be like the towns27 the LORD overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing28 in the morning, a battle cry at noon.

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      17 For he did not kill me in the womb,29 with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.

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      18 Why did I ever come out of the womb30 to see trouble31 and sorrow and to end my days in shame?32

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