Pashur, smiting Jeremiah, receiveth a new name, and a fearful doom.
Jeremiah 20:1 Now Pashur the sonne of Immer the Priest, who [was] also chiefe gouernor in the house of the LORD, heard that Ieremiah prophecied these things. Jeremiah 20:2 Then Pashur smote Ieremiah the Prophet, and put him in the stockes that [were] in the high gate of Beniamin, which [was] by the house of the LORD. Jeremiah 20:3 And it came to passe on the morrow, that Pashur brought foorth Ieremiah out of the stockes. Then sayd Ieremiah vnto him, The LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magor-missabib. Jeremiah 20:4 For thus sayth the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terrour to thy selfe, and to all thy friends, and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold [it], and I will giue all Iudah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and hee shall cary them captiue into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword. Jeremiah 20:5 Moreouer, I will deliuer 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 Iudah will I giue into the hand of their enemies which shal spoile them, and take them and cary them to Babylon. Jeremiah 20:6 And thou Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house, shall goe into captiuitie, 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 prophecied lies.
Jeremiah complaineth of contempt,
Jeremiah 20:7 O LORD, thou hast deceiued me, and I was deceiued, thou art stronger then I, and hast preuailed: I am in derision daily, euery one mocketh me. Jeremiah 20:8 For since I spake I cryed out, I cried violence and spoyle; because the word of the LORD was made a reproch vnto me, and a derision daily? Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said; I will not make mention of him, nor speake any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart, as a burning fire shut vp in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not [stay].
Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, feare on euery side. Report, [say they], and wee will report it: all my familiars watched for my halting, [saying]; Peraduenture he will be enticed: and we shall preuaile against him, and we shall take our reuenge on him. Jeremiah 20:11 But the LORD [is] with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutours shall stumble, and they shall not preuaile, they shall be greatly ashamed, for they shall not prosper, [their] euerlasting confusion shall neuer be forgotten. Jeremiah 20:12 But O LORD of hostes, that tryest the righteous, [and] seest the reines and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for vnto thee haue I opened my cause. Jeremiah 20:13 Sing vnto the LORD, praise yee the LORD: for hee hath deliuered the soule of the poore from the hand of euill doers.
and of his birth.
Jeremiah 20:14 Cursed [be] the day wherein I was borne: let not the day wherein my mother bare mee, be blessed. Jeremiah 20:15 Cursed [be] the man who brought tidings to my father, saying: A man child is borne vnto thee, making him very glad. Jeremiah 20:16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD ouerthrew and repented not: and let him heare the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noonetide, Jeremiah 20:17 Because he slew me not from the wombe: or that my mother might haue beene my graue, and her wombe to be alwaies great [with me]. Jeremiah 20:18 Wherefore came I forth out of the wombe to see labour and sorrow, that my daies should be consumed with shame?