Get the free app for more features and content.
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur

1Now the priest Pashhur son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2Then Pashhur struck the prophet Jeremiah, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord. 3The next morning when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, The Lord has named you not Pashhur but “Terror-all-around.” 4For thus says the Lord: I am making you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon; he shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall kill them with the sword. 5I will give all the wealth of this city, all its gains, all its prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them, and seize them, and carry them to Babylon. 6And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house, shall go into captivity, and to Babylon you shall go; there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely.

Jeremiah Denounces His Persecutors

7Lord, you have enticed me,

and I was enticed;

you have overpowered me,

and you have prevailed.

I have become a laughingstock all day long;

everyone mocks me.

8For whenever I speak, I must cry out,

I must shout, “Violence and destruction!”

For the word of the Lord has become for me

a reproach and derision all day long.

9If I say, “I will not mention him,

or speak any more in his name,”

then within me there is something like a burning fire

shut up in my bones;

I am weary with holding it in,

and I cannot.

10For I hear many whispering:

“Terror is all around!

Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”

All my close friends

are watching for me to stumble.

“Perhaps he can be enticed,

and we can prevail against him,

and take our revenge on him.”

11But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;

therefore my persecutors will stumble,

and they will not prevail.

They will be greatly shamed,

for they will not succeed.

Their eternal dishonor

will never be forgotten.

12Lord of hosts, you test the righteous,

you see the heart and the mind;

let me see your retribution upon them,

for to you I have committed my cause.

13Sing to the Lord;

praise the Lord!

For he has delivered the life of the needy

from the hands of evildoers.

14Cursed be the day

on which I was born!

The day when my mother bore me,

let it not be blessed!

15Cursed be the man

who brought the news to my father, saying,

“A child is born to you, a son,”

making him very glad.

16Let that man be like the cities

that the Lord overthrew without pity;

let him hear a cry in the morning

and an alarm at noon,

17because he did not kill me in the womb;

so my mother would have been my grave,

and her womb forever great.

18Why did I come forth from the womb

to see toil and sorrow,

and spend my days in shame?

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Click here to learn more.

Featured Resources

Overview: Jeremiah

Overview: Jeremiah

Watch our overview video on the book of Jeremiah, which breaks down the liter...

BibleProject

90-Second Sermons #12 || Jeremiah 20:9 || “A Fire in My Bones”

90-Second Sermons #12 || Jeremiah 20:9 || “A Fi...

Many people know the famous passage in Jeremiah about the fire shut up in his...

Spoken Gospel

Introduction to Jeremiah

Introduction to Jeremiah

Dr. Carly Crouch introduces Jeremiah, exploring the freedom it demonstrates w...

Fuller Studio

What Is a Prophet: Seven Minute Seminary

What Is a Prophet: Seven Minute Seminary

Dr. Sandra Richter here explains the Old Testament prophet. See more at http...

Seedbed

Overview: TaNaK / Old Testament

Overview: TaNaK / Old Testament

Watch our overview video on the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible...

BibleProject

Response | Carly Crouch on Jeremiah and Trauma

Response | Carly Crouch on Jeremiah and Trauma

Carly Crouch, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, responds to The...

Fuller Studio

Explore Jeremiah 20