Bible: Jer 20:7-9

Jeremiah Complains about the Reaction to His Ministry

20:7 Lord, you coerced me into being a prophet,

and I allowed you to do it.

You overcame my resistance and prevailed over me. 1 

Now I have become a constant laughingstock.

Everyone ridicules me.

20:8 For whenever I prophesy, 2  I must cry out, 3 

“Violence and destruction are coming!” 4 

This message from the Lord 5  has made me

an object of continual insults and derision.

20:9 Sometimes I think, “I will make no mention of his message.

I will not speak as his messenger 6  any more.”

But then 7  his message becomes like a fire

locked up inside of me, burning in my heart and soul. 8 

I grow weary of trying to hold it in;

I cannot contain it.

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