Jeremiah 20

Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur

1 Now a Pashhur the son of b Immer, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. 2 Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high c gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD. 3 And it happened on the next day that Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, "The LORD has not called your name Pashhur, but 1 MagorMissa'bib. 2 4 "For thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. I will d give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon and slay them with the sword. 5 'Moreover I e will deliver all the wealth of this city, all its produce, and all its precious things; all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who will plunder them, seize them, and f carry them to Babylon. 6 'And you, Pashhur, 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 g prophesied lies.' "

7 O LORD, You 3 induced me, and I was persuaded;
h You are stronger than I, and have prevailed.
i I am 4 in derision daily;
Everyone mocks me.
8 For when I spoke, I cried out;
j I shouted, "Violence and plunder!"
Because the word of the LORD was made to me
A reproach and a derision daily.
9 Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him,
Nor speak anymore in His name."
But His word was in my heart like a k burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And l I could not.
10 m For I heard many 5 mocking:
"Fear on every side!"
"Report," they say, "and we will report it!"
n All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying,
"Perhaps he can be induced;
Then we will prevail against him,
And we will take our revenge on him."
11 But the LORD is o with me as a mighty, awesome One.
Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not p prevail.
They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper.
Their q everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
12 But, O LORD of hosts,
You who r test the righteous,
And see the 6 mind and heart,
s Let me see Your vengeance on them;
For I have pleaded my cause before You.

13 Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD!
For t He has delivered the life of the poor
From the hand of evildoers.

14 u Cursed be the day in which I was born!
Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!
15 Let the man be cursed
Who brought news to my father, saying,
"A male child has been born to you!"
Making him very glad.
16 And let that man be like the cities
Which the LORD v overthrew, and did not relent;
Let him w hear the cry in the morning
And the shouting at noon,
17 x Because he did not kill me from the womb,
That my mother might have been my grave,
And her womb always enlarged with me.
18 y Why did I come forth from the womb to z see 7 labor and sorrow,
That my days should be consumed with shame?

  1. Cross References
    Ezra 2:37
    The sons of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two.
    Ezra 2:38
    The sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven.
  2. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 24:14
    The fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 37:13
    And when he was in the Gate of Benjamin, a captain of the guard was there whose name was Irijah the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "You are defecting to the Chaldeans!
    Zechariah 14:10
    All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin's Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses.
  4. Cross References
    Jeremiah 21:4 - 10
    Thus says the LORD God of Israel: "Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and I will assemble them in the midst of this city.
  5. Cross References
    2 Kings 20:17
    Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,' says the LORD.
    2 Chronicles 36:10
    At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim's brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
    Jeremiah 3:24
    For shame has devoured The labor of our fathers from our youth - Their flocks and their herds, Their sons and their daughters.
    Jeremiah 27:21
    Yes, thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the LORD, and in the house of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem:
    Jeremiah 27:22
    'They shall be carried to Babylon, and there they shall be until the day that I visit them,' says the LORD. 'Then I will bring them up and restore them to this place.'"
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 39:6
    Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,' says the LORD.
  7. Cross References
    Jeremiah 14:13 - 15
    Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.'
    Lamentations 2:14
    Your prophets have seen for you False and deceptive visions; They have not uncovered your iniquity, To bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 1:6
    Then said I: "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.
    Jeremiah 1:7
    But the LORD said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
  9. Cross References
    Job 12:4
    I am one mocked by his friends, Who called on God, and He answered him, The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
    Lamentations 3:14
    I have become the ridicule of all my people - Their taunting song all the day.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 6:7
    As a fountain wells up with water, So she wells up with her wickedness. Violence and plundering are heard in her. Before Me continually are grief and wounds.
  11. Cross References
    Job 32:18 - 20
    For I am full of words; The spirit within me co...
    Psalms 39:3
    My heart was hot within me; While I was musing,...
    Jeremiah 4:19
    O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very hear...
    Jeremiah 23:9
    My heart within me is broken Because of the pro...
    Ezekiel 3:14
    So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, an...
    Acts 4:20
    "For we cannot but speak the things which we ha...
  12. Cross References
    Job 32:18
    For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me.
    Jeremiah 6:11
    Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD. I am weary of holding it in. "I will pour it out on the children outside, And on the assembly of young men together; For even the husband shall be taken with the wife, The aged with him who is full of days.
    Acts 18:5
    When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 31:13
    For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life.
  14. Cross References
    Job 19:19
    All my close friends abhor me, And those whom I...
    Psalms 41:9
    Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, ...
    Psalms 55:13
    But it was you, a man my equal, My companion an...
    Psalms 55:14
    We took sweet counsel together, And walked to t...
    Luke 11:53
    And as He said these things to them, the scribe...
    Luke 11:54
    Lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him...
  15. Cross References
    Jeremiah 1:18
    For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land - Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.
    Jeremiah 1:19
    They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you," says the LORD, "to deliver you.
  16. Cross References
    Jeremiah 15:20
    And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; And they will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you," says the LORD.
    Jeremiah 17:18
    Let them be ashamed who persecute me, But do not let me be put to shame; Let them be dismayed, But do not let me be dismayed. Bring on them the day of doom, And destroy them with double destruction!
  17. Cross References
    Jeremiah 23:40
    'And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.'"
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 7:9
    Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an...
    Psalms 11:5
    The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked an...
    Psalms 17:3
    You have tested my heart; You have visited me i...
    Psalms 139:23
    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, an...
    Jeremiah 11:20
    But, O LORD of hosts, You who judge righteously...
    Jeremiah 17:10
    I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind,...
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 54:7
    For He has delivered me out of all trouble; And my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies.
    Psalms 59:10
    My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
    Jeremiah 15:15
    O LORD, You know; Remember me and visit me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In Your enduring patience, do not take me away. Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 35:9
    And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation.
    Psalms 35:10
    All my bones shall say, "LORD, who is like You, Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?
    Psalms 109:30
    I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.
    Psalms 109:31
    For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, To save him from those who condemn him.
  21. Cross References
    Job 3:3
    "May the day perish on which I was born, And the night in which it was said, 'A male child is conceived.'
    Jeremiah 15:10
    Woe is me, my mother, That you have borne me, A man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent for interest, Nor have men lent to me for interest. Every one of them curses me.
  22. Cross References
    Genesis 19:25
    So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
  23. Cross References
    Jeremiah 18:22
    Let a cry be heard from their houses, When You bring a troop suddenly upon them; For they have dug a pit to take me, And hidden snares for my feet.
  24. Cross References
    Job 3:10
    Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother's womb, Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
    Job 3:11
    Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?
  25. Cross References
    Job 3:20
    Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to the bitter of soul.
    Jeremiah 15:10
    Woe is me, my mother, That you have borne me, A man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent for interest, Nor have men lent to me for interest. Every one of them curses me.
  26. Cross References
    Lamentations 3:1
    I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
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