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Jeremiah 20

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 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.

 2 Then Pashur struck 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.

 3 And it came to pass on the next day that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, "The LORD has not called your name Pashur, but Magor- Missabib [meaning terror all around].

 4 For thus says the Lord, 'Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself, and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall behold it. I will give all of Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon and shall slay them with the sword.

 5 In addition I will deliver all the strength of this city, all the results of its labors, all its precious things, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah; these I give into the hand of their enemies, who shall seize them, take them, and carry them to Babylon.

 6 And you, Pashur, and all who dwell in your house shall go into captivity. You shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die and be buried there; you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.'"

 7 O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived. You are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I am in derision daily, everyone mocks me.

 8 For since I spoke, I cried out; I cried violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has resulted in my reproach and my being derided daily.

 9 So I said, "I will not make mention of him [the Lord], nor speak any more in his name." But his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with withholding; I could not remain silent.

 10 For I heard the slandering of many with fear on every side. "Denounce him," they say, "and we will denounce him too." All my acquaintances are watching for me to fall, saying, "Maybe he will be deceived, and we will prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him."

 11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they shall not prevail. They shall be greatly ashamed for they shall not prosper; their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.

 12 But, O LORD of hosts, who tries the righteous, and see the mind and the heart, let me see your vengeance on them for to you have I pleaded my cause.

 13 Sing to the LORD, praise you the LORD for he has delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

 14 Cursed be the day in which I was born; let not the day, in which my mother bore me, be blessed.

 15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, "A man child is born to you;" making him very glad.

 16 And let that man be as the cities that did not repent and were overthrown by the LORD. Let him hear the cry in the morning and the shouting of alarm at noon;

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

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


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