Jeremiah and Pashhur
20:1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was
also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that
Jeremiah prophesied these things.
20:2 Then Pashur smote 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.
20:3 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 called thy name Pashur, but
20:4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a
terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall
fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall
behold it: and I 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.
20:5 Moreover I will 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 carry them to Babylon.
20:6 And thou, 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, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
20:7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived;
thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in
derision daily, every one mocketh me.
20:8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and
spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto
me, and a derision, daily.
20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak
any more in his name. But 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.
20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side.
Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars
watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be
enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take
our revenge on him.
20:11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one:
therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not
prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not
prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be
20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and
seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on
them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.
20:13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath
delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
20:14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day
wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
20:15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father,
saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
20:16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD
overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the
morning, and the shouting at noontide;
20:17 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my
mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always
great with me.
20:18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour
and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?