Jeremiah 20

Pashhur Persecutes Jeremiah

1 When Pashhur the priest, the son of 1Immer, who was 2chief officer in the house of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,
2 Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet 3beaten and put him in the 4stocks that were at the upper 5Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the LORD.
3 On the next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, "Pashhur is not the name the LORD has 6called you, but rather * 7Magor-missabib.
4 "For thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I am going to make you a 8terror to yourself and to all your friends; and while 9your eyes look on, they will fall by the sword of their enemies. So I will 10give over all Judah to the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them away as 11exiles to Babylon and will slay them with the sword.
5 'I will also give over all the 12wealth of this city, all its produce and all its costly things; even all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give over to the 13hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, take them away and bring them to Babylon.
6 'And you, 14Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into captivity; and you will enter Babylon, and there you will die and there you will be buried, you and all your 15friends to whom you have 16falsely prophesied.' "

Jeremiah's Complaint

7 O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have 17overcome me and prevailed. I have become a 18laughingstock all day long; Everyone 19mocks me.
8 For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I 20proclaim violence and destruction, Because for me the 21word of the LORD has resulted In reproach and derision all day long.
9 But if I say, "I will not 22remember Him Or speak anymore in His name," Then in 23my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And 24I cannot endure it.
10 For 25I have heard the whispering of many, "26Terror on every side! 27Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" All my 28trusted friends *, Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may 29prevail against him And take our revenge on him."
11 But the 30LORD is with me like a dread champion; Therefore * my 31persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, With an 32everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
12 Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who 33test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me 34see Your vengeance on them; For 35to You I have set forth my cause.
13 36Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD! For He has 37delivered the soul of the needy one From the hand of evildoers.
14 Cursed be the 38day when I was born; Let the day not be blessed when my mother bore me!
15 Cursed be the man who brought the news To my father, saying, "A 39baby boy has been born to you!" And made him very happy.
16 But let that man be like the cities Which the LORD 40overthrew without relenting, And let him hear an 41outcry in the morning And a shout of alarm at noon;
17 Because he did not 42kill me before birth, So that my mother would have been my grave, And her womb ever pregnant.
18 Why did I ever come forth from the womb To 43look on trouble and sorrow, So that my 44days have been spent in 45shame?
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