20:2 Then Pashur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the a stocks that [were] in the high gate of Benjamin, which [was] by the house of the LORD.
(a) Thus we see that the thing which neither the
king nor the princes nor the people dared to undertake against the prophet of
God, this priest as a chief instrument of Satan first attempted, read (Jeremiah
And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thy house shall go into captivity: and
thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there,
thou, and all thy b friends, to whom
thou hast prophesied lies.
(b) Who have allowed themselves to be abused by
your false prophecies.
20:7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was c
deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast d
prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.
(c) In this appears the impatiency which often
overcomes the servants of God when they do not see their labours profit, and
also feel their own weakness. See Jeremiah
(d) You thrust me forth to this work against my
20:8 For since I spoke, I cried out, I cried
violence and e spoil; because the word
of the LORD was made a reproach to me, and a derision, daily.
(e) He shows that he did his office in that he
reproved the people of their vices and threatened them with God's judgments:
but because he was derided and persecuted for this, he was discouraged, and
would have stopped preaching, except that God's spirit forced him to it.
20:10 For I heard the
defaming of many, fear on every side. f
Report, [say they], and we will report it. All my friends watched for my fall,
[saying], Perhaps he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we
shall take our revenge on him.
(f) Thus the enemies conferred together to know
what they had heard him say, that they might accuse him of it, read (Isaiah
But the LORD [is] with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors
shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for
they shall not prosper: [their] everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.
(g) Here he shows how his faith strove against
temptation and sought the Lord for strength.
h Cursed [be] the day in which I was
born: let not the day in which my mother bore me be blessed.
(h) How the children of God are overcome in this
battle of the flesh and the Spirit, and into what inconveniences they fall
till God raises them up again: read (Job
20:16 And let that man be
as the i cities which the LORD
overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the
shouting at noon;
(i) Alluding to the destruction of Sodom and
20:17 Because he slew me not at my birth; or that
my mother might have been my grave, and she had not been k
(k) Meaning that the fruit of it might never come