Jeremiah Chapter 20  PDF  MSWord

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1Now Pashhur, the son of Immer, the priest who was chief officer in the house of Yahweh, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things.
  2Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was in the house of Yahweh.
  3It came to pass on the next day that Pashhur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “Yahweh has not called your name Pashhur, but Magormissabib.
  4For this is what Yahweh says: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends, and they will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes will see it. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them captive to Babylon and will kill them with the sword.
  5Moreover I will give all the riches of this city, and all its gains, and all the precious things of it, yes, all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies; and they will make them a prey, and take them and carry them to Babylon.
  6You, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house will go into captivity, and you will come to Babylon, and there you will die, and there you will be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied falsely.”

 7 Yahweh, you have persuaded me, and I was persuaded;

 you are stronger than I, and have prevailed.

 I am become a laughing–stock all the day,

 everyone mocks me.


 8 For as often as I speak, I cry out;

 I cry out, “Violence and destruction!”

 because the word of Yahweh is made a reproach to me,

 and a derision all the day.


 9 If I say, “I will not make mention of him,

 nor speak any more in his name,”

 then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire

 shut up in my bones,

 and I am weary with holding it in,

 and I cannot.


 10 For I have heard the defaming of many,

 terror on every side.

 “Denounce him! Let us denounce him,”

 say all my familiar friends,

 those who watch for me to fall,

 “Perhaps he will be deceived,

 and we will prevail against him

 and we will take our revenge on him.”


 11 But Yahweh is with me as an awesome mighty one;

 therefore my persecutors will stumble,

 and they will not prevail;

 they will be utterly disappointed,

 because they have not dealt wisely,

 even with an everlasting dishonor that will never be forgotten.


 12 But Yahweh of Armies, who tests the righteous,

 who sees the kidneys and the heart,

 let me see your vengeance on them,

 for to you I have revealed my cause.


 13 Sing to Yahweh,

 praise Yahweh,

 for he has delivered the soul of the needy

 from the hand of evildoers.


Cursed is the day

 in which I was born;

 do not let the day in which my mother bore me

 be blessed.


 15 Cursed is the man

 who brought news to my father, saying,

 “A boy is born to you,”

 making him very glad.


 16 Let that man be as the cities

 that Yahweh overthrew, and didn’t repent;

 and let him hear a cry in the morning,

 and shouting at noontime,


 17 because he didn’t kill me from the womb;

 and so my mother would have been my grave,

 and her womb always great.


 18 Why came I forth out of the womb

 to see labor and sorrow,

 that my days should be consumed with shame?


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