Jer 20:2
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 Jer 18:18.

Jer 20:6
20:6 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

Jer 20:7
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 Geneva "Jer 15:18"\\
     (d) You thrust me forth to this work against my will.

Jer 20:8
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.

Jer 20:10
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 Isa 29:21.

Jer 20:11
20:11 {g} 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

      (g) Here he shows how his faith strove against temptation
          and sought the Lord for strength.

Jer 20:14
20:14 {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 3:1, Jer 15:10.

Jer 20:16
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 Gomorrah,
          Ge 19:25.

Jer 20:17
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 to