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Jeremiah 20:7-13New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

Jeremiah’s complaint

You deceived[a] me, Lord, and I was deceived;[b]
    you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
    everyone mocks me.
Whenever I speak, I cry out
    proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the Lord has brought me
    insult and reproach all day long.
But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word
    or speak any more in his name,’
his word is in my heart like a fire,
    a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
    indeed, I cannot.
10 I hear many whispering,
    ‘Terror on every side!
    Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!’
All my friends
    are waiting for me to slip, saying,
‘Perhaps he will be deceived;
    then we will prevail over him
    and take our revenge on him.’

11 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;
    so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
    their dishonour will never be forgotten.
12 Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous
    and probe the heart and mind,
let me see your vengeance on them,
    for to you I have committed my cause.

13 Sing to the Lord!
    Give praise to the Lord!
He rescues the life of the needy
    from the hands of the wicked.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 20:7 Or persuaded
  2. Jeremiah 20:7 Or persuaded
New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

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