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Jeremiah 20
New Living Translation

Jeremiah and Pashhur

20Now Pashhur son of Immer, the priest in charge of the Temple of the Lord, heard what Jeremiah was prophesying.H6583H1121H564H3548H6496H5057H1004H3068H8085H3414H5012H1697 2So he arrested Jeremiah the prophet and had him whipped and put in stocks at the Benjamin Gate of the Lord’s Temple.H6583H5221H3414H5030H5414H4115H5945H8179H1144H1004H3068 3The next day, when Pashhur finally released him, Jeremiah said, “Pashhur, the Lord has changed your name. From now on you are to be called ‘The Man Who Lives in Terror.’H4283H6583H3318H3414H4115H559H3414H3068H7121H8034H6583H4036 4For this is what the Lord says: ‘I will send terror upon you and all your friends, and you will watch as they are slaughtered by the swords of the enemy. I will hand the people of Judah over to the king of Babylon. He will take them captive to Babylon or run them through with the sword.H559H3068H5414H4032H157H5307H2719H341H5869H7200H5414H3063H3027H4428H894H1540H894H5221H2719 5And I will let your enemies plunder Jerusalem. All the famed treasures of the city—the precious jewels and gold and silver of your kings—will be carried off to Babylon.H5414H2633H5892H3018H3366H214H4428H3063H5414H3027H341H962H3947H935H894 6As for you, Pashhur, you and all your household will go as captives to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you prophesied that everything would be all right.’”H6583H3427H1004H3212H7628H935H894H4191H6912H157H5012H8267

Jeremiah’s Complaint

7O Lord, you misled me, and I allowed myself to be misled. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked every day; everyone laughs at me.H3068H6601H6601H2388H3201H7814H3117H3932 8When I speak, the words burst out. “Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the Lord have made me a household joke.H1767H1696H2199H7121H2555H7701H1697H3068H2781H7047H3117 9But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!H559H2142H1696H8034H3820H1197H784H6113H6106H3811H3557H3201 10I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say, “and then we will get our revenge on him.”H8085H1681H7227H4032H5439H5046H5046H582H7965H8104H6763H6761H6601H3201H3947H5360 11But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten.H3068H1368H6184H7291H3782H3201H3966H954H7919H5769H3639H7911 12O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you test those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you.H3068H6635H974H6662H7200H3629H3820H7200H5360H1540H7379 13Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors.H7891H3068H1984H3068H5337H5315H34H3027H7489 14Yet I curse the day I was born! May no one celebrate the day of my birth.H779H3117H3205H3117H517H3205H1288 15I curse the messenger who told my father, “Good news—you have a son!”H779H376H1319H1H559H2145H1121H3205H8055H8055 16Let him be destroyed like the cities of old that the Lord overthrew without mercy. Terrify him all day long with battle shouts,H376H5892H3068H2015H5162H8085H2201H1242H8643H6256H6672 17because he did not kill me at birth. Oh, that I had died in my mother’s womb, that her body had been my grave!H4191H7358H517H6913H7358H5769H2030 18Why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and shame.H3318H7358H7200H5999H3015H3117H3615H1322


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