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Version 0.31.57, 15 October 2020


Jeremiah Chapter 20

1And Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was a leading superintendent in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2And Pashur struck Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the prison which is at the upper gate of Benjamin, which is at the house of the Lord. 3And it came to pass on the next day that Pashur brought Jeremiah out of the prison, and Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord does not call you Pashur, but Magor-missabib. 4For this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to deliver you to fear – you and all your friends – and they will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes will see it. And I will deliver the whole of Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will deport them to Babylon and strike them with the sword. 5And I will deliver all the wealth of this city, and all its hard-earned substance, and all its precious articles, and I will deliver all the treasures of the kings of Judah, into the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, and take them, and bring them to Babylon. 6And you, Pashur, and all who live in your house, will go into captivity, and you will go to Babylon, and it is there that you will die, and it is there that you will be buried – you and all your friends to whom you prophesied falsely.’ ”

7O Lord, you have induced me into this,

And I have been induced into it.

You are stronger than I,

And you have prevailed.

I have become a laughing stock

All day long.

Everyone mocks me.

8For whenever I speak, I shout.

I cry out,

“Violence and oppression!”

For the word of the Lord

Was reproach and derision for me

All day long.

9And I said,

“I will not mention him,

And I will not speak in his name any more.”

But it was in my heart like burning fire,

Shut up in my bones,

And I became weary enduring it,

And I was not able to do so.

10For I have heard the slander of many;

There is fear all round.

“Report it, and we will report him”, they say.

Every man I have been well-disposed towards,

Who would stand by me,

Says, “Perhaps he will be enticed,

And we will get the better of him,

And take our revenge on him.”

11But the Lord is with me as a mighty warrior,

Which is why those who pursue me will stumble

And will not prevail.

They will be very ashamed,

Because they have not acted prudently.

They will have age-abiding ignominy

Which will not be forgotten.

12But the Lord of hosts tests the righteous

And sees the kidneys and the heart.

I will see your vengeance on them,

For I have disclosed my contention to you.

13Sing to the Lord,

Praise the Lord,

For he has delivered the livelihood of the poor

From the grip of evildoers.

14Cursed be the day on which I was born

– The day when my mother bore me.

Let it not be blessed.

15Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,

And said, “A son, a male, has been born to you”,

Making him rejoice greatly.

16And let that man be like the cities which the Lord has overturned,

And did not show compassion on,

And let him hear an outcry in the morning,

And shouting at noon time,

17Because he did not kill me in the womb,

So that my mother would be my grave,

And her womb be age-abidingly pregnant.

18Why is it that I came out of the womb

To see toil and sorrow,

And that my days should end in shame?

Reference(s) in Chapter 20: v.12 ↔ Romans 8:27, Revelation 2:23.