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 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 its precious things, yes, all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will 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 go to Babylon, and there you will die, and there you will be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied falsely.”
  7Yahweh, you have deceived me, and I was deceived. You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me.
  8For as often as I speak, I cry out; I cry out, “Violence and destruction!” because for me the word of Yahweh has resulted in reproach and derision all day long.
  9If 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.
  10For 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.”
  11But Yahweh is with me as an awesome mighty one; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail; they will be greatly shamed because they have not dealt wisely, even with an everlasting dishonor that will never be forgotten.
  12But 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.
  13Sing to Yahweh, praise Yahweh, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hand of evildoers.
  14Cursed is the day in which I was born; do not let the day in which my mother bore me be blessed.
  15Cursed is the man who brought news to my father, saying, “A boy is born to you,” making him very glad.
  16Let that man be as the cities that Yahweh overthrew and did not relent; and let him hear a cry of distress in the morning, and a battle cry at noontime,
  17because he did not kill me from the womb; and so my mother would have been my grave, and her womb always great.
  18Why did I come forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
 


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