Jeremiah Chapter 20 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Pashur smiting Ieremiah, receiueth a newe name, and a fearefull doome. 7 Ieremiah complaineth of contempt, 10 of treachery, 14 and of his birth.
4 For thus sayth the Lord, Behold, I will make thee a terrour to thy selfe, and to all thy friends, and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it, and I will giue all Iudah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and hee shall cary them captiue into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.
5 Moreouer, I will deliuer all the strength of this city, and all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and all the treasures of the kings of Iudah will I giue into the hand of their enemies which shal spoile them, and take them and cary them to Babylon.5
6 And thou Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house, shall goe into captiuitie, and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou and all thy friends to whom thou hast prophecied lies.
9 Then I said; I will not make mention of him, nor speake any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart, as a burning fire shut vp in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.9
10 ¶ For I heard the defaming of many, feare on euery side. Report, say they, and wee will report it: all my familiars watched for my halting, saying; Peraduenture he will be enticed: and we shall preuaile against him, and we shall take our reuenge on him.10
11 But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutours shall stumble, and they shall not preuaile, they shall be greatly ashamed, for they shall not prosper, their euerlasting confusion shall neuer be forgotten.11
View Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah Chapter 20
20:1 Immer - The course of Immer was the sixteenth course of the priests, #1Chron 24:14|. Pashur was his son, that is descended from him.
20:3 Not called - God's meaning was, not that he should by men be no longer called Pashur, but that his condition should not answer that name Pashur, which signifies, a flourishing priest; but Magor - missabib, that is, fear and terror on all sides.
20:7 Hast prevailed - Thou prevailedst against me. Jeremiah at first excused himself to God, chap.#1:6|, but the Lord prevailed against him replying, ver.#1:7|, Say not, I am a child, for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak, ver.#1:9|. This is all that is here meant, namely, God's over - ruling him contrary to his own inclinations.
20:8 Since - Since I first began to be a prophet, I have faithfully discharged my office, and that with warmth and zeal. Spoil - I have prophesied that violence and spoil was coming. Because - Because of that scorn and derision with which they treated him.
20:9 I said - He did not speak this openly, but in his heart. But - He found in his heart a constraint to go on.
20:10 Prevail - Desiring nothing more than that I might be enticed to speak or do something which they might make matter of a colourable accusation.
20:11 But - The prophet recovering himself out of his fit of passion, encourageth himself in his God, whom he calls the mighty and terrible one, so declaring his faith in the power of God, as one able to save him, and in the promise and good will of God toward him; therefore he saith, The Lord is with me; such was the promise of God to this prophet, when he first undertook the prophetical office, chap.#1:8|. Be not afraid of their faces, for I am with thee to deliver thee saith the Lord: from hence be concludes, that though he had many that pursued after his life, yet they should stumble in their ways of violence, and should not prevail. Ashamed - That they should be ashamed of what they had done, or be brought to shame for what they had done; for prosper they should not: or they acted like fools, and did not deal prudently for themselves (so this word is translated, #Isa 52:13|,) yea, they should become a reproach, and their reproach should be a lasting perpetual reproach that should not be forgotten.
20:14 Cursed - This sudden change makes some think that these words proceeded from Jeremiah rather as a repetition of a former passion into which the abuses of his enemies had put him, than as the immediate product of his spirit at this time.
20:16 The cities - Sodom and Gomorrah; by the cry in the morning and shouting at noon, he means the shouts and noises that enemies make when they break in upon a place.
Jeremiah Chapter 20 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 1. Chro. 24.14.
3 That is, feare round about.
5 2.Kings 20.17.
7 Or, enticed.
9 Psal.39.3. , Iob 32.18.
10 Heb. euery man of my peace.
11 Chap. 17. 18. and 15. 20. , Chap. 23. 40.
12 Chap. 11. 20. and 17. 10.
15 Iob.3.3. chap. 15.10.
16 Gen.19. 25.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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