A Message for Pashhur
1Now Pashhur, the son of Immer, the priest who was officer in charge in the temple of Yahweh, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Gate of Benjamin, which was by the temple of Yahweh. 3And then#Literally “And it was” on the next day, when Pashhur brought Jeremiah out from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “Yahweh will not call your name Pashhur, but#Literally “but if” Terror From All Around. 4For thus says Yahweh, ‘Look, I am making you a terror to yourself and to all your friends, and they will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes will be seeing it.#Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation And all Judah I will give into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will deport them to Babylon, and he will strike them with the sword. 5And I will give all the wealth of this city, and all its acquisitions, and all its precious items, and all of the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, and they will seize them, and they will bring them to Babylon. 6And you, Pashhur, and all those who live in your house will go into captivity, and you will go to Babylon, and there you will die, and there you will be buried, you, and all your friends to whom you have prophesied falsely.#Literally “in the lie”’ ”
Jeremiah’s Lament
7You have persuaded me, O Yahweh, and I was persuaded.
You have overpowered me, and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all day long.
Everyone#Literally “All of him” is mocking me.
8For as often as#Literally “from enough” I speak,
I must cry out violence and destruction.
I must shout, for the word of Yahweh has become for me
a disgrace and derision all day long.
9But if I say, “I will not mention him
and I will no longer speak in his name,”
then it becomes in my heart like a fire burning,
locked up in my bones,
and I struggle to contain it,#Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
and I am not able.
10For I hear the rumor of many,
“Terror is from all around, denounce him,#Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
yes, let us denounce him!”
All my close friends#Literally “All the human being of my peace” are watchers of my stumbling,
saying, “perhaps he can be persuaded,
and we can prevail over him,
and we can take our revenge on him.”
11But Yahweh is with me like a powerful warrior.
Therefore#Literally “Unto thus” my persecutors will stumble and will not prevail.
They will be very ashamed, for they will not achieve success.
Their everlasting insult#Literally “insult of eternity” will not be forgotten.
12Yet, O Yahweh of hosts, who tests the righteous,
who sees the heart#Literally “kidneys” and the mind,#Literally “heart”
let me see your retribution upon them,
for to you I have revealed my legal case.
13Sing to Yahweh, praise Yahweh,
for he has delivered the life of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
14Cursed be the day on which I was born,
let not the day on which my mother gave birth to me be blessed.
15Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
saying,#Literally “to say” “A child is born to you, a son!”
and he made him very glad.
16And let that man be like the cities
that Yahweh demolished without regret,
and let him hear a cry for help in the morning,
and an alarm at the time of noon.
17Because he did not kill me in the womb,
so that my mother would have been for me my grave,
and her womb would be pregnant forever.
18Why#Literally “To what this” did I come out from the womb,
to see toil, and sorrow, and to end my days in shame?#Literally “my days will come to an end in shame”
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