Jeremiah 20:9-18 NIV

9 But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,"1 his word is in my heart like a fire,2 a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;3 indeed, I cannot.

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10 I hear many whispering, "Terror4 on every side! Report5 him! Let's report him!" All my friends6 are waiting for me to slip,7 saying, "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail8 over him and take our revenge9 on him."

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11 But the LORD 10 is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors11 will stumble and not prevail.12 They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;13 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,14 let me see your vengeance15 upon them, for to you I have committed16 my cause.

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13 Sing17 to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues18 the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.19

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14 Cursed be the day I was born!20 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 towns21 the LORD overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing22 in the morning, a battle cry at noon.

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17 For he did not kill me in the womb,23 with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.

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18 Why did I ever come out of the womb24 to see trouble25 and sorrow and to end my days in shame?26

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