Jeremiah 20

1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest (kohen), who was also chief governor in the house of יהוה, heard that Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) prophesied these things.

2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin (Binyamin), which was by the house of יהוה.

3 And it came to pass on the next day, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) unto him, “יהוה hath not called your name Pashur, but Magormissabib.

4 For thus saith יהוה: “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 behold it; and I will give all Judah (Yehudah) into the hand of the king of Babylon (Bavel), and he shall carry them captive into Babylon (Bavel), 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 (Yehudah) will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon (Bavel).

6 And you, Pashur, and all that dwell in your house shall go into captivity; and you shalt come to Babylon (Bavel), and there you shalt die, and shalt be buried there, you, and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.’”

7 O יהוה, You have enticed me, and I was enticed: You are 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 יהוה 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.

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 on him.”

11 But יהוה is with me as a mighty, awesome 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 יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot), that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see Your vengeance on them; for unto You have I opened my cause.

13 Sing unto יהוה! Praise You יהוה, for He hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

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 you”; making him very glad.

16 And let that man be as the cities which יהוה overthrew, and regretted 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?