[But Jeremiah said] O Lord, You have persuaded and deceived me, and I was persuaded and deceived; You are stronger than I am and You have prevailed. I am a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me.
Lord, you ·tricked [enticed; seduced] me, and I was ·fooled [tricked; enticed; seduced]. You ·are stronger than I am [overpowered me], so you won. I have become a ·joke [laughing-stock]; everyone ·makes fun of [ridicules] me all day long.
You pushed me into this, God, and I let you do it. You were too much for me. And now I’m a public joke. They all poke fun at me. Every time I open my mouth I’m shouting, “Murder!” or “Rape!” And all I get for my God-warnings are insults and contempt. But if I say, “Forget it! No more God-Messages from me!” The words are fire in my belly, a burning in my bones. I’m worn out trying to hold it in. I can’t do it any longer! Then I hear whispering behind my back: “There goes old ‘Danger-Everywhere.’ Shut him up! Report him!” Old friends watch, hoping I’ll fall flat on my face: “One misstep and we’ll have him. We’ll get rid of him for good!”
O Eternal, You deceived me into being Your prophet, and I went along and allowed it to happen! Your strength is too much for me, and so You win; I speak Your words.Just look at what I have become: a laughingstock; all day long people mock me.
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