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 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.
20:3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought
forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah to him,
The LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magor-missabib.
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 thy 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 its labors, and all its precious things, and all the
treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of
their enemies, who shall pillage them, and take them, and carry
them to Babylon.
20:6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thy 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 spoke, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil;
because the word of the LORD was made a reproach to me, and a
20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, 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 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], Perhaps he will be enticed,
and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge
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 to thee have I opened my cause.
20:13 Sing to the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath
delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evil-doers.
20:14 Cursed [be] the day in which I was born: let not the day
in which my mother bore me be blessed.
20:15 Cursed [be] the man who brought tidings to my father,
saying, A male child is born to 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 noon;
20:17 Because he slew me not at my birth; or that my mother
might have been my grave, and she had not been delivered.
20:18 Why was I brought into the world to see labor and sorrow,
that my days should be consumed with shame?