Jeremiah 20 ©

1 Pashur smiting Jeremiah receiveth a new name and a fearful doom. 7 Jeremiah complaineth of the persecutions he met with, 14 and curseth the day of his birth.


NOW aPashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also bchief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.


Then Pashur csmote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.


And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The LORD hath not dcalled thy name Pashur, but 1Magor-missabib.


For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee ea terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and fthine eyes shall behold it : and gI will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.


Moreover I hwill deliver all the strength of this city, and all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and icarry them to Babylon.


And jthou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, kto whom thou hast prophesied lies.


¶O LORD, thou hast 2deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: lI am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.


For since I spake, mI cried out, I cried violence and spoil; 3because the word of the LORD nwas made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.


Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. oBut his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not *stay.


¶For pI heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. qReport, say they, and we will report it. 4All my *familiars rwatched for my halting, saying, *Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.


But sthe LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore tmy persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not uprevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their veverlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.


But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the *reins and the heart, wlet me see thy vengeance on them: xfor unto thee have I opened my cause.


ySing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.


zCursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.


Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, aA man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.


And let that man be bas the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear cthe cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;


Because dhe slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.


eWherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?