NASB — Jeremiah 20 — KJV

Pashhur Persecutes Jeremiah

1 When Pashhur the priest, the son of aImmer, who was bchief officer in the house of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, 2 Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet abeaten and put him in the bstocks that were at the upper cBenjamin Gate, which was by the house of the LORD. 3 On the next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “Pashhur is not the name the LORD has acalled you, but rather IbMagor-missabib. 4 For thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am going to make you a aterror to yourself and to all your friends; and while byour eyes look on, they will fall by the sword of their enemies. So I will cgive over all Judah to the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them away as dexiles to Babylon and will slay them with the sword. 5 I will also give over all the awealth 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 bhand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, take them away and bring them to Babylon. 6 And you, aPashhur, 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 bfriends to whom you have cfalsely prophesied.’”

[1] a1Ch 24:14; Ezr 2:37, 38 b2K 25:18
[2] a1K 22:27; 2Ch 16:10; 24:21; Jr 1:19; Am 7:10-13 bJb 13:27; 33:11 cJr 37:13; 38:7; Zc 14:10
[3] II.e. terror on every side aIs 8:3; Ho 1:4, 9 bJr 6:25; 20:10
[4] aJb 18:11-21; Jr 6:25; 46:5; Ezk 26:21 bJr 29:21; 39:6, 7 cJr 21:4-10; 25:9 dJr 13:10; 52:27
[5] aJr 15:13; 17:3 b2K 20:17, 18; 2Ch 36:10; Jr 27:21, 22
[6] aJr 20:1 bJr 20:4; 29:21 cJr 14:14, 15; Lm 2:14

Jeremiah’s Complaint

  7 ¶ O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived;
  You have aovercome me and prevailed.
  I have become a blaughingstock all day long;
  Everyone cmocks me.
  8 For each time I speak, I cry aloud;
  I aproclaim violence and destruction,
  Because for me the bword of the LORD has Iresulted
  In reproach and derision all day long.
  9 But if I say, “I will not aremember Him
  Or speak anymore in His name,”
  Then in bmy heart it becomes like a burning fire
  Shut up in my bones;
  And I am weary of holding [it] in,
  And cI cannot endure [it].
  10 For aI have heard the whispering of many,
  “bTerror on every side!
  cDenounce [him]; yes, let us denounce him!”
  IAll my dtrusted friends,
  Watching for my fall, say:
  “Perhaps he will be IIdeceived, so that we may eprevail against him
  And take our revenge on him.”
  11 But the aLORD is with me like a dread champion;
  Therefore my bpersecutors will stumble and not prevail.
  They will be utterly ashamed, because they have Ifailed,
  With an ceverlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
  12 Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who atest the righteous,
  Who see the Imind and the heart;
  Let me bsee Your vengeance on them;
  For cto You I have set forth my cause.
  13 aSing to the LORD, praise the LORD!
  For He has bdelivered the soul of the needy one
  From the hand of evildoers.

[7] aEzk 3:14 bJb 12:4; Lm 3:14 cPs 22:7; Jr 38:19
[8] ILit become aJr 6:7 b2Ch 36:16; Jr 6:10
[9] a1K 19:3, 4; Jna 1:2, 3 bJb 32:18-20; Ps 39:3; Jr 4:19; 23:9; Ezk 3:14; Ac 4:20 cJb 32:18-20
[10] ILit Every man of my peace IIOr persuaded aPs 31:13 bJr 6:25 cNe 6:6-13; Is 29:21; Jr 18:18 dPs 41:9 e1K 19:2
[11] ILit not succeeded; or not acted wisely aJr 1:8; 15:20; Ro 8:31 bDt 32:35, 36; Jr 15:15, 20; 17:18 cJr 23:40
[12] ILit kidneys aPs 7:9; 11:5; 17:3; 139:23; Jr 11:20; 17:10 bPs 54:7; 59:10; Jr 11:20 cPs 62:8
[13] aJr 31:7 bPs 34:6; 69:33; Jr 15:21

  14 ¶ Cursed be the aday when I was born;
  Let the day not be blessed when my mother bore me!
  15 Cursed be the man who brought the news
  To my father, saying,
  “A Iababy boy has been born to you!”
  [And] made him very happy.
  16 But let that man be like the cities
  Which the LORD aoverthrew without Irelenting,
  And let him hear an boutcry in the morning
  And a IIshout of alarm at noon;
  17 Because he did not akill me Ibefore birth,
  So that my mother would have been my grave,
  And her womb ever pregnant.
  18 Why did I ever come forth from the womb
  To alook on trouble and sorrow,
  So that my bdays have been spent in cshame?

[14] aJb 3:3-6; Jr 15:10
[15] ILit male child aGn 21:6, 7
[16] ILit being sorry IIOr trumpet blast aGn 19:25 bJr 18:22; 48:3, 4
[17] ILit from the womb aJb 3:10, 11, 16; 10:18, 19
[18] aJb 3:20; 5:7; 14:1; Jr 15:10; Lm 3:1 bPs 90:9; 102:3 cPs 69:19; Jr 3:25; 1Co 4:9-13


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Pashur, smiting Jeremiah, receiveth a new name, and a fearful doom.

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 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. 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 Magormissabib. 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. 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. 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.

[1] 2K 25:18; 1Ch 24:14; 2Ch 35:8; Ezr 2:37; Ne 7:40; Ac 4:1; 5:24.
[2] Dt 29:22; 1K 22:27; 2Ch 16:10; 24:21; Is 1:7; 10:19; Jr 1:19; 19:14; 26:8; 29:26; 36:26; 37:13, 15; 38:6, 7; Am 7:10; Zc 14:10; Mt 5:10; 21:35; 23:34; Ac 4:3; 5:18, 40; 7:52; 16:22; He 11:36; Rv 2:10; 17:6.
[3] Gn 17:5, 15; 32:28; Ps 31:13; Is 8:3; Jr 6:25; 7:32; 19:2, 6; 20:10; 29:29; 46:5; Lm 2:22; Ho 1:4; Ac 4:5; 16:30, 35.
[4] Dt 28:32, 65; 1S 2:33; 2K 25:7; Jb 18:11; 20:23; Ps 73:19; Jr 19:15; 21:4; 25:9; 29:21; 32:27; 39:6; Ezk 26:17; Mt 27:4.
[5] 2K 20:17; 24:12; 25:13; 2Ch 36:10, 17; Jr 3:24; 4:20; 12:12; 15:13; 24:8; 27:19; 32:3; 39:2, 8; 52:7; Lm 1:7, 10; 4:12; Ezk 22:25; Dn 1:2.
[6] Lv 26:17; Dt 28:25; Is 9:15; Jr 5:31; 6:13; 8:10; 14:14; 20:4; 23:14, 25, 32; 28:15; 29:21, 32; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:4, 22; 22:28; Mi 2:11; Zc 13:3; Ac 13:8; 2P 2:1.

Jeremiah complaineth of contempt,

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. 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. 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].

[7] Ex 5:22; Nu 11:11; 2K 2:23; Ps 22:6; 35:15; 69:9; Jr 1:6, 18; 15:10, 18; 17:16; 20:9; 29:26; Lm 3:14; Ezk 3:14; Ho 9:7; Mi 3:8; Lk 16:14; 22:63; 23:11, 35; Ac 17:18, 32; 1Co 4:9; 9:6; He 11:36.
[8] 2Ch 36:16; Jr 4:19; 5:1, 6, 15; 6:6, 10; 7:9; 13:13; 15:1, 13; 17:27; 18:16; 19:7; 20:7; 28:8; Lm 3:61; Lk 11:45; He 11:26; 13:13; 1P 4:14.
[9] 1K 19:3; Jb 32:18; Ps 39:3; Jr 6:11; Ezk 3:14; Lk 9:62; Jn 1:2; 4:2; Ac 4:20; 15:37; 17:16; 18:5; 1Co 9:16; 2Co 5:13.

of treachery,

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. 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 forgotten. 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. 13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

[10] 1K 19:2; 21:20; 22:8, 27; Ne 6:6; Jb 19:19; Ps 31:13; 41:9; 55:13; 57:4; 64:2; Pv 10:18; Is 29:21; Jr 18:18; 20:3; Ezk 22:9; Mt 26:59; Mk 6:19; Lk 11:53; 12:52; 20:20; Ac 5:33; 6:11; 7:54; 23:12; 24:1, 13.
[11] Dt 32:35; Ps 6:10; 27:1; 35:26; 40:14; 47:2; 65:5; 66:5; Is 41:10, 14; 45:16; Jr 1:8, 19; 15:20; 17:18; 23:40; Dn 12:2; Jn 18:4; Ro 8:31; 2Ti 4:17.
[12] 1S 1:15; 2Ch 24:22; Ps 7:9; 11:5; 17:3; 26:2; 54:7; 59:10; 62:8; 86:4; 109:6; 139:23; Is 37:14; 38:14; Jr 11:20; 12:8; 17:10, 18; 18:19; 1P 2:23; 4:19; Rv 2:23; 6:10; 18:20; 19:2.
[13] Ps 34:6; 35:9; 69:33; 72:4; 109:30; Is 25:4; Jm 2:5.

and of his birth.

14 ¶ Cursed [be] the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed. 15 Cursed [be] the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad. 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; 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]. 18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

[14] Jb 3:3; Jr 15:10.
[15] Gn 21:5; Jr 1:5; Lk 1:14.
[16] Gn 19:24; Dt 29:23; Jr 4:19; 18:8, 22; 26:13; 48:3; Ezk 21:22; Ho 10:14; 11:8; Am 1:14; 2:2; 4:11; Jna 3:4, 9; 4:2; Zp 1:16; 2:9; Lk 17:29; 2P 2:6; Jde 1:7.
[17] Jb 3:10, 16; 10:18; Ec 6:3.
[18] Gn 3:16; Jb 3:20; 14:1, 13; Ps 69:19; 90:10; Is 1:6; 51:7; Jr 8:18; Lm 1:12; 3:1; Jn 16:20; Ac 5:41; 1Co 4:9; 2Ti 1:12; He 10:36; 11:36; 12:2; 13:13; 1P 4:14.


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