Jeremiah 20 (Lexham English Bible)

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A Message for Pashhur

1 Now Pashhur, the son of Immer, the priest [who was] officer in charge in the temple of Yahweh, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2 Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks that [were] in the upper Gate of Benjamin, which [was] by the temple of Yahweh. 3 {And then}a on the next day, when Pashhur brought Jeremiah out from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, "Yahweh will not call your name Pashhur, {but}b Terror From All Around. 4 For thus says Yahweh, 'Look, I [am] making you a terror to yourself and to all your friends, and they will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes [will be] seeing [it].c And all Judah I will give into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will deport them [to] Babylon, and he will strike them with the sword. 5 And I will give all the wealth of this city, and all its acquisitions, and all its precious items, and all of the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, and they will seize them, and they will bring them [to] Babylon. 6 And you, Pashhur, and all [those who] live [in] your house will go into captivity, and you will go [to] Babylon, and there you will die, and there you will be buried, you, and all your friends to whom you have prophesied {falsely}.d'"

Jeremiah’s Lament

7 You have persuaded me, [O] Yahweh, and I was persuaded. You have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day [long]. {Everyone}e [is] mocking me. 8 For {as often as}f I speak, I must cry out violence and destruction. I must shout, for the word of Yahweh has become for me a disgrace and derision all day [long]. 9 But [if] I say, "I will not mention him and I will no longer speak in his name," then it becomes in my heart like a fire burning, locked up in my bones, and I struggle to contain [it],g and I am not able. 10 For I hear the rumor of many, "Terror [is] from all around, denounce [him],h yes, let us denounce him!" {All my close friends}i [are] watchers of my stumbling, [saying], "perhaps he can be persuaded, and we can prevail over him, and we can take our revenge on him." 11 But Yahweh [is] with me like a powerful warrior. {Therefore}j my persecutors will stumble and will not prevail. They will be very ashamed, for they will not achieve success. [Their] {everlasting insult}k will not be forgotten. 12 Yet, [O] Yahweh of hosts, who tests [the] righteous, who sees [the] {heart}l and [the] {mind},m let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have revealed my legal case. 13 Sing to Yahweh, praise Yahweh, for he has delivered [the] life of [the] poor from [the] hand of evildoers. 14 Cursed be [the] day [on] which I was born, let not the day [on] which my mother gave birth to me be blessed. 15 Cursed be the man who brought the news [to] my father, {saying},n "A child is born to you, a son!" and he made him very glad. 16 And let that man be like the cities that Yahweh demolished without regret, and let him hear a cry for help in the morning, and an alarm at the time of noon. 17 Because he did not kill me in [the] womb, so that my mother would have been for me my grave, and [her] womb [would be] pregnant forever. 18 {Why}o did I come out from [the] womb, to see toil, and sorrow, and [to] {end my days in shame}?p
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