20 When the priest Pashhur son of Immer,(A) the official(B) in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,2 he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten(C) and put in the stocks(D) at the Upper Gate of Benjamin(E) at the Lord’s temple.3 The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord’s name(F) for you is not Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side.(G)4 For this is what the Lord says: ‘I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes(H) you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will give(I) all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry(J) them away to Babylon or put them to the sword.5 I will deliver all the wealth(K) of this city into the hands of their enemies—all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away(L) as plunder and carry it off to Babylon.6 And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied(M) lies.’”
7 You deceived[a](N) me, Lord, and I was deceived[b]; you overpowered(O) me and prevailed. I am ridiculed(P) all day long; everyone mocks(Q) me. 8 Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction.(R) So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach(S) all day long. 9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,”(T) his word is in my heart like a fire,(U) a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;(V) indeed, I cannot. 10 I hear many whispering, “Terror(W) on every side! Denounce(X) him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends(Y) are waiting for me to slip,(Z) saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail(AA) over him and take our revenge(AB) on him.”
11 But the Lord(AC) is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors(AD) will stumble and not prevail.(AE) They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;(AF) their dishonor will never be forgotten. 12 Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind,(AG) let me see your vengeance(AH) on them, for to you I have committed(AI) my cause.
13 Sing(AJ) to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues(AK) the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.(AL)
14 Cursed be the day I was born!(AM) May the day my mother bore me not be blessed! 15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, who made him very glad, saying, “A child is born to you—a son!” 16 May that man be like the towns(AN) the Lord overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing(AO) in the morning, a battle cry at noon. 17 For he did not kill me in the womb,(AP) with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever. 18 Why did I ever come out of the womb(AQ) to see trouble(AR) and sorrow and to end my days in shame?(AS)
God Rejects Zedekiah’s Request
21 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah(AT) sent to him Pashhur(AU) son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah(AV) son of Maaseiah. They said:2 “Inquire(AW) now of the Lord for us because Nebuchadnezzar[c](AX) king of Babylon(AY) is attacking us. Perhaps the Lord will perform wonders(AZ) for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us.”
3 But Jeremiah answered them, “Tell Zedekiah,4 ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turn(BA) against you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babylonians[d] who are outside the wall besieging(BB) you. And I will gather them inside this city.5 I myself will fight(BC) against you with an outstretched hand(BD) and a mighty arm(BE) in furious anger and in great wrath.6 I will strike(BF) down those who live in this city—both man and beast—and they will die of a terrible plague.(BG)7 After that, declares the Lord, I will give Zedekiah(BH) king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague,(BI) sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon(BJ) and to their enemies(BK) who want to kill them.(BL) He will put them to the sword;(BM) he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’(BN)
8 “Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life(BO) and the way of death.9 Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague.(BP) But whoever goes out and surrenders(BQ) to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives.(BR)10 I have determined to do this city harm(BS) and not good, declares the Lord. It will be given into the hands(BT) of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.’(BU)
11 “Moreover, say to the royal house(BV) of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord.12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:
“‘Administer justice(BW) every morning; rescue from the hand of the oppressor(BX) the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(BY) because of the evil(BZ) you have done— burn with no one to quench(CA) it. 13 I am against(CB) you, Jerusalem, you who live above this valley(CC) on the rocky plateau, declares the Lord— you who say, “Who can come against us? Who can enter our refuge?”(CD) 14 I will punish you as your deeds(CE) deserve, declares the Lord. I will kindle a fire(CF) in your forests(CG) that will consume everything around you.’”
4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,(A) and in view of his appearing(B) and his kingdom, I give you this charge:(C)2 Preach(D) the word;(E) be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke(F) and encourage(G)—with great patience and careful instruction.3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.(H) Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.(I)4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.(J)5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,(K) do the work of an evangelist,(L) discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,(M) and the time for my departure is near.(N)7 I have fought the good fight,(O) I have finished the race,(P) I have kept the faith.8 Now there is in store for me(Q) the crown of righteousness,(R) which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day(S)—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.(T)
9 Do your best to come to me quickly,(U)10 for Demas,(V) because he loved this world,(W) has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.(X) Crescens has gone to Galatia,(Y) and Titus(Z) to Dalmatia.11 Only Luke(AA) is with me.(AB) Get Mark(AC) and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.12 I sent Tychicus(AD) to Ephesus.(AE)13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas,(AF) and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander(AG) the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.(AH)15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.(AI)17 But the Lord stood at my side(AJ) and gave me strength,(AK) so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.(AL) And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.(AM)18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack(AN) and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.(AO) To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.(AP)
19 Greet Priscilla[a] and Aquila(AQ) and the household of Onesiphorus.(AR)20 Erastus(AS) stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus(AT) sick in Miletus.(AU)21 Do your best to get here before winter.(AV) Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.[b]
22 The Lord be with your spirit.(AW) Grace be with you all.(AX)
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.