14 Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
14 Cursed be the day on which I was born! The day when my mother bore me, let it not be blessed!
14 Curse the day I was born! The day my mother bore me - a curse on it, I say!
14 Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!
14 Yet I curse the day I was born! May no one celebrate the day of my birth.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jeremiah 20:14
Commentary on Jeremiah 20:14-18
(Read Jeremiah 20:14-18)
When grace has the victory, it is good to be ashamed of our folly, to admire the goodness of God, and be warned to guard our spirits another time. See how strong the temptation was, over which the prophet got the victory by Divine assistance! He is angry that his first breath was not his last. While we remember that these wishes are not recorded for us to utter the like, we may learn good lessons from them. See how much those who think they stand, ought to take heed lest they fall, and to pray daily, Lead us not into temptation. How frail, changeable, and sinful is man! How foolish and unnatural are the thoughts and wishes of our hearts, when we yield to discontent! Let us consider Him who endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, lest we should be at any time weary and faint in our minds under our lesser trials.