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Jeremiah 20 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Pashhur Persecutes Jeremiah

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:1 - When Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:2 - Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put him in the stocks that were at the upper Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:3 - On the next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “Pashhur is not the name the LORD has called you, but rather [fn]Magor-missabib.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:4 - “For thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am going to make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and while your eyes look on, they will fall by the sword of their enemies. So I will give over all Judah to the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them away as exiles to Babylon and will slay them with the sword.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:5 - ‘I will also give over all the wealth of this city, all its produce and all its costly things; even all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give over to the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, take them away and bring them to Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:6 - ‘And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into captivity; and you will enter Babylon, and there you will die and there you will be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have falsely prophesied.’”

Jeremiah's Complaint

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:7 - O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived;
You have overcome me and prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all day long;
Everyone mocks me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:8 - For each time I speak, I cry aloud;
I proclaim violence and destruction,
Because for me the word of the LORD has [fn]resulted
In reproach and derision all day long.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:9 - But if I say, “I will not remember Him
Or speak anymore in His name,”
Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
And I am weary of holding it in,
And I cannot endure it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:10 - For I have heard the whispering of many,
“Terror on every side!
Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!”
[fn]All my trusted friends,
Watching for my fall, say:
“Perhaps he will be [fn]deceived, so that we may prevail against him
And take our revenge on him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:11 - But the LORD is with me like a dread champion;
Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will be utterly ashamed, because they have [fn]failed,
With an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:12 - Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteous,
Who see the [fn]mind and the heart;
Let me see Your vengeance on them;
For to You I have set forth my cause.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:13 - Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD!
For He has delivered the soul of the needy one
From the hand of evildoers.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:14 - Cursed be the day when I was born;
Let the day not be blessed when my mother bore me!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:15 - Cursed be the man who brought the news
To my father, saying,
“A [fn]baby boy has been born to you!”
And made him very happy.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:16 - But let that man be like the cities
Which the LORD overthrew without [fn]relenting,
And let him hear an outcry in the morning
And a [fn]shout of alarm at noon;

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:17 - Because he did not kill me [fn]before birth,
So that my mother would have been my grave,
And her womb ever pregnant.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 20:18 - Why did I ever come forth from the womb
To look on trouble and sorrow,
So that my days have been spent in shame?
NASB Footnotes
I.e. terror on every side
Literally: become
Literally: Every man of my peace
Or, persuaded
Literally: not succeeded; or not acted wisely
Literally: kidneys
Literally: male child
Literally: being sorry
Or, trumpet blast
Literally: from the womb

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