Jeremiah’s Complaint

You deceived[a](A) me, Lord, and I was deceived[b];
    you overpowered(B) me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed(C) all day long;
    everyone mocks(D) me.

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  1. Jeremiah 20:7 Or persuaded
  2. Jeremiah 20:7 Or persuaded

10 Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth,(A)
    a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!(B)
I have neither lent(C) nor borrowed,
    yet everyone curses(D) me.

11 The Lord said,

“Surely I will deliver you(E) for a good purpose;
    surely I will make your enemies plead(F) with you
    in times of disaster and times of distress.

12 “Can a man break iron—
    iron from the north(G)—or bronze?

13 “Your wealth(H) and your treasures
    I will give as plunder,(I) without charge,(J)
because of all your sins
    throughout your country.(K)
14 I will enslave you to your enemies
    in[a] a land you do not know,(L)
for my anger will kindle a fire(M)
    that will burn against you.”

15 Lord, you understand;
    remember me and care for me.
    Avenge me on my persecutors.(N)
You are long-suffering(O)—do not take me away;
    think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.(P)
16 When your words came, I ate(Q) them;
    they were my joy and my heart’s delight,(R)
for I bear your name,(S)
    Lord God Almighty.
17 I never sat(T) in the company of revelers,
    never made merry with them;
I sat alone because your hand(U) was on me
    and you had filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain unending
    and my wound grievous and incurable?(V)
You are to me like a deceptive brook,
    like a spring that fails.(W)

19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“If you repent, I will restore you
    that you may serve(X) me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
    you will be my spokesman.(Y)
Let this people turn to you,
    but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall(Z) to this people,
    a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
    but will not overcome(AA) you,
for I am with you
    to rescue and save you,”(AB)
declares the Lord.
21 “I will save(AC) you from the hands of the wicked(AD)
    and deliver(AE) you from the grasp of the cruel.”(AF)

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  1. Jeremiah 15:14 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 17:4); most Hebrew manuscripts I will cause your enemies to bring you / into

Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,(A)
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.

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Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them(A) against the rocks.

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