Jeremiah 20:7-18

Jeremiah's Complaint

7 O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have 1overcome me and prevailed. I have become a 2laughingstock all day long; Everyone 3mocks me.
8 For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I 4proclaim violence and destruction, Because for me the 5word of the LORD has resulted In reproach and derision all day long.
9 But if I say, "I will not 6remember Him Or speak anymore in His name," Then in 7my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And 8I cannot endure it.
10 For 9I have heard the whispering of many, "10Terror on every side! 11Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" All my 12trusted friends *, Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may 13prevail against him And take our revenge on him."
11 But the 14LORD is with me like a dread champion; Therefore * my 15persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, With an 16everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
12 Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who 17test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me 18see Your vengeance on them; For 19to You I have set forth my cause.
13 20Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD! For He has 21delivered the soul of the needy one From the hand of evildoers.
14 Cursed be the 22day 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 23baby boy has been born to you!" And made him very happy.
16 But let that man be like the cities Which the LORD 24overthrew without relenting, And let him hear an 25outcry in the morning And a shout of alarm at noon;
17 Because he did not 26kill 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 27look on trouble and sorrow, So that my 28days have been spent in 29shame?
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