Jeremiah 20

The prophet is beaten and imprisoned by the priest 1
Jeremiah delivers the Lord's message to him 3
The strength of the city will be given to enemies 5
Jeremiah feels deceived by the Lord 7
He resolves to speak no more in His name but observed people waiting for his failure 9
He praises the Lord 11
He curses the day of his birth 14
.1 ¶ Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.
.2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.
.3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib. 
 4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.
  2 - Jeremiah the prophet The full title may be to emphasize the evil of causing the Lord's messenger to suffer this pain and humiliation.
  2 - Stocks Hebrew mahpeketh, "a device to force crooked posture."
  3 - Mogormissabib The term means "terror on every side." See how it is translated in ps03113, je0625. He may have found comfort in Psalm 31.
.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 will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon.
 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: 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 prophesied lies.
  5 - Strength Should read "plunder" that the Babylonians would take.
  6 - Come to Babylon Everyone was taken except the "poorest sort of the people of the land" 2ki2414, 2ki2512, je4007.
  6 - Prophesied lies Then all would know that Pashur was a false prophet. He was among those who urged fighting the Babylonians depending on assistance from Egypt je0218, je0236, je1413, je3705.
.7 ¶ O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art 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 the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.
  7 - Deceived Jeremiah feels like a failure and fears that the Lord will not fulfill His word je0410, je0108ff.
  7 - Stronger He feels the constraint of the prophetic mission.
.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, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
  9 - His word ... fire shut up in my bones Jeremiah had not rejected the Lord. je0514.
  10 - Defaming Gossip works this way We need to fear saying things that would hurt the reputation of another unless we need to speak to avoid a greater problem. See ps03113, linked above.
.11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible 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 LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.
 13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
  11 - The Lord is with me is4301f.
  11 - Terrible one From 'aris which is derived from aras meaning "to tremble." Jeremiah's terrible enemies je1521 would not stand before the Lord.
  12 - Reins See on ps00709.
  13 - Sing unto the Lord An expression of hope and confidence. Though humans may overlook their responsibility to the poor, the divine attribute is to care about them je2118, ps03005.. 
.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 thee; making him very glad.
 16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented 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?
  14 - Cursed be the day Compare Job's despair jb0301-6. Compare ja0517.
  15 - Cursed ... brought tidings "Every failure on the part of the children of God is due to their lack of faith. When shadows encompass the soul, when we want light and guidance, we must look up; there is light beyond the darkness. David ought not to have distrusted God for one moment. He had cause for trusting in Him: he was the Lord's anointed, and in the midst of danger he had been protected by the angels of God; he had been armed with courage to do wonderful things; and if he had but removed his mind from the distressing situation in which he was placed, and had thought of God's power and majesty, he would have been at peace even in the midst of the shadows of death; he could with confidence have repeated the promise of the Lord, 'The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed.' Isaiah 54:10." (Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 657). 


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