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Jeremiah 20 New Century Version (NCV)

Pashhur Will Be Captured

20 Pashhur son of Immer was a priest and the highest officer in the Temple of the Lord. When he heard Jeremiah prophesying in the Temple courtyard, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten. And he locked Jeremiah’s hands and feet between large blocks of wood at the Upper Gate of Benjamin of the Lord’s Temple. The next day when Pashhur took Jeremiah out of the blocks of wood, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord’s name for you is not Pashhur. Now his name for you is Terror on Every Side. This is what the Lord says: ‘I will soon make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. You will watch enemies killing your friends with swords. And I will give all the people of Judah to the king of Babylon, who will take them away as captives to Babylon and then will kill them with swords. I will give all the wealth of this city to its enemies—its goods, its valuables, and the treasures of the kings of Judah. The enemies will carry all those valuables off to Babylon. And Pashhur, you and everyone in your house will be taken captive. You will be forced to go to Babylon, where you will die and be buried, you and your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.’”

Jeremiah’s Fifth Complaint

Lord, you tricked me, and I was fooled.
    You are stronger than I am, so you won.
I have become a joke;
    everyone makes fun of me all day long.
Every time I speak, I shout.
    I am always shouting about violence and destruction.
I tell the people about the message I received from the Lord,
    but this only brings me insults.
    The people make fun of me all day long.
Sometimes I say to myself,
    “I will forget about the Lord.
    I will not speak anymore in his name.”
But then his message becomes like a burning fire inside me,
    deep within my bones.
I get tired of trying to hold it inside of me,
    and finally, I cannot hold it in.
10 I hear many people whispering about me:
    “Terror on every side!
    Tell on him! Let’s tell the rulers about him.”
My friends are all just waiting for me to make some mistake.
    They are saying,
“Maybe we can trick him
    so we can defeat him
    and pay him back.”

11 But the Lord is with me like a strong warrior,
    so those who are chasing me will trip and fall;
    they will not defeat me.
They will be ashamed because they have failed,
    and their shame will never be forgotten.

12 Lord All-Powerful, you test good people;
    you look deeply into the heart and mind of a person.
I have told you my arguments against these people,
    so let me see you give them the punishment they deserve.

13 Sing to the Lord!
    Praise the Lord!
He saves the life of the poor
    from the power of the wicked.

Jeremiah’s Sixth Complaint

14 Let there be a curse on the day I was born;
    let there be no blessing on the day when my mother gave birth to me.
15 Let there be a curse on the man
    who brought my father the news:
“You have a son!”
    This made my father very glad.
16 Let that man be like the towns
    the Lord destroyed without pity.
Let him hear loud crying in the morning
    and battle cries at noon,
17 because he did not kill me before I was born.
    Then my mother would have been my grave;
    she would have stayed pregnant forever.
18 Why did I have to come out of my mother’s body?
    All I have known is trouble and sorrow,
    and my life will end in shame.

New Century Version (NCV)

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Jeremiah 20 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Pashhur Persecutes Jeremiah

20 Now Pashhur the son of Immer, the priest, who was [also] chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks that were at the upper Benjamin Gate by the house of the Lord. And the next day Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord does not call your name Pashhur, but Magor-missabib (terror on every side). For thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; they will fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon; he will carry them away to Babylon as captives and will slaughter them with the sword. Moreover, I will hand over all the riches of this city, all the result of its labor, all its precious things; even all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will hand over to their enemies, and they will plunder them, and take them away and carry them to Babylon. And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into captivity; you will go to Babylon, and there you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have falsely prophesied.’”

Jeremiah’s Complaint

[Jeremiah said,] O Lord, You have persuaded me and I was deceived;
You are stronger than I and You have prevailed.
I am a laughingstock all day long;
Everyone mocks me.

For whenever I speak, I must shout out;
I shout violence and destruction,
Because the word of the Lord has become to me
A reprimand and a mockery and has brought me insult all day long.

If I say, “I will not remember Him
Or speak His name anymore,”
Then my heart becomes a burning fire
Shut up in my bones.
And I am weary of enduring and holding it in;
I cannot endure it [nor contain it any longer].
For I have heard the whispering and defaming words of many,
“Terror on every side!
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
All my familiar and trusted friends,
[Those who are] watching for my fall, say,
“Perhaps he will be persuaded and deceived; then we will overcome him,
And take our revenge on him.”
But the Lord is with me as a dread champion [one to be greatly feared];
Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not overcome [me].
They will be completely shamed, for they have not acted wisely and have failed [in their schemes];
Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.
But, O Lord of hosts, You who examine the righteous,
Who see the heart and the mind,
Let me see Your vengeance on them;
For to You I have committed my cause.
Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
For He has rescued the life of the needy one
From the hand of evildoers.

Cursed be the day on which I was born;
Do not bless the day on which my mother gave birth to me!
Cursed be the man who brought the news
To my father, saying,
“A son has been born to you!”
Making him very glad.
And let that man be like the cities
Which the Lord overthrew without regret.
Let him hear an outcry in the morning
And a shout of alarm at noon;
Because he did not kill me before my birth,
So that my mother might have been my grave,
And her womb always pregnant.
Why did I come out of the womb
To see trouble and sorrow,
So that my days have been filled with shame?

Amplified Bible (AMP)

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Jeremiah 20 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Pashhur Arrests Jeremiah

20 Pashhur son of Immer was a priest and the chief of temple security. He heard what I had said, and so he hit me.[a] Then he had me arrested and put in chains[b] at the Benjamin Gate in the Lord’s temple.[c] The next day, when Pashhur let me go free, I told him that the Lord had said:

No longer will I call you Pashhur. Instead, I will call you Afraid-of-Everything.[d] You will be afraid, and you will bring fear to your friends as well. You will see enemies kill them in battle. Then I will have the king of Babylonia take everyone in Judah prisoner, killing some and dragging the rest away to Babylonia. He will clean out the royal treasury and take everything else of value from Jerusalem.

Pashhur, you are guilty of telling lies and claiming they were messages from me. That’s why I will have the Babylonians take you, your family, and your friends as prisoners to Babylonia, where you will all die and be buried.

Jeremiah Complains to the Lord

You tricked me, Lord,
    and I was really fooled.
You are stronger than I am,
    and you have defeated me.
People never stop sneering
    and insulting me.
You have let me announce
    only destruction and death.
Your message has brought me
nothing but insults
    and trouble.
Sometimes I tell myself
not to think about you, Lord,
    or even mention your name.
But your message burns
in my heart and bones,
    and I cannot keep silent.

10 I heard the crowds whisper,
    “Everyone is afraid.
Now’s our chance
    to accuse Jeremiah!”
All of my so-called friends
are just waiting
    for me to make a mistake.
They say, “Maybe Jeremiah
    can be tricked.
Then we can overpower him
    and get even at last.”

11 But you, Lord,
are a mighty soldier,
    standing at my side.
Those troublemakers
will fall down and fail—
    terribly embarrassed,
    forever ashamed.

12 Lord All-Powerful,
    you test those who do right,
and you know every heart
    and mind.
I have told you my complaints,
so let me watch you
    take revenge on my enemies.
13 I sing praises to you, Lord.
You rescue the oppressed
    from the wicked.

14 Put a curse on the day I was born!
    Don’t bless my mother.
15 Put a curse on the man
who told my father,
“Good news!
    You have a son.”
16 May that man be like the towns
    you destroyed without pity.
Let him hear shouts of alarm
in the morning
    and battle cries at noon.
17 He deserves to die
for not killing me
    before I was born.
Then my mother’s body
    would have been my grave.
18 Why did I have to be born?
Was it just to suffer
    and die in shame?


  1. 20.2 hit me: Or “beat me up” or “had me beaten up.”
  2. 20.2 in chains: Or “in the stocks” (a wooden frame with holes for the hands, neck, or feet of a prisoner) or “in a prison cell.”
  3. 20.2 the Benjamin Gate in the Lord’s temple: The Hebrew text has “the upper Benjamin Gate in the temple”; the lower Benjamin Gate may have been the city gate of that name.
  4. 20.3 Afraid-of-Everything: Hebrew “Magor-Missabib.”
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