1Jeremiah was heard prophesying these things by the priest Pashhur, t Jer 21, 1 . son of Immer, chief officer in the house of the LORD. * 2So he had the prophet scourged and placed in the stocks at the upper Gate of Benjamin in the house of the LORD. u Jer 29, 26 . 3The next morning, after Pashhur had released Jeremiah from the stocks, the prophet said to him: v Jer 6, 25 . Instead of Pashhur, the LORD will name you “Terror on every side.”* 4For thus says the LORD: Indeed, I will deliver you to terror, you and all your friends. Your own eyes shall see them fall by the sword of their enemies. All Judah I will deliver to the king of Babylon,* who shall take them captive to Babylon or slay them with the sword. 5All the wealth of this city, all it has toiled for and holds dear, all the treasures of the kings of Judah, I will give as plunder into the hands of their foes, who shall seize it and carry it away to Babylon. w 2 Kgs 20, 17; 24, 12–16 . 6You, Pashhur, and all the members of your household shall go into exile. To Babylon you shall go, you and all your friends; there you shall die and be buried, because you have prophesied lies to them. x Jer 14, 13f; 28, 15 .
Jeremiah's Interior Crisis
7You duped me,* O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed. All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me. 8Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; The word of the LORD has brought me derision and reproach all the day. 9I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it. y Jer 6, 11; Jb 32, 18 . 10Yes, I hear the whisperings of many: “Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!” All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. “Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.” z Jb 19, 19; Ps 31, 13; Lk 20, 20 . 11But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. a Jer 1, 8; 15, 20 . 12O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause. b Jer 11, 20 . 13Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked! c Pss 35, 9f; 109, 30f . 14Cursed be the day* on which I was born! May the day my mother gave me birth never be blessed! d Jer 15, 10; Jb 3, 1–10; 10, 18 . 15Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father, saying, “A child, a son, has been born to you!” filling him with great joy. 16Let that man be like the cities which the LORD relentlessly overthrew; Let him hear war cries in the morning, battle alarms at noonday, e Gn 19, 25; Is 13, 19 . 17because he did not dispatch me in the womb! Then my mother would have been my grave, her womb confining me forever. f Jb 3, 10f; 10, 19 . 18Why did I come forth from the womb, to see sorrow and pain, to end my days in shame? g Jb 14, 1 .