Jeremiah 20:18
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New International Version
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?

New Living Translation
Why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and shame.

English Standard Version
Why did I come out from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame?

New American Standard Bible
Why did I ever come forth from the womb To look on trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been spent in shame?

King James Bible
Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why did I come out of the womb to see only struggle and sorrow, to end my life in shame?

International Standard Version
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow, and to finish my life living in shame?

NET Bible
Why did I ever come forth from my mother's womb? All I experience is trouble and grief, and I spend my days in shame.

New Heart English Bible
Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why did I come out of the womb? All I've seen is trouble and grief. I will finish my days in shame.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore came I forth out of the womb To see labour and sorrow, That my days should be consumed in shame?

New American Standard 1977
Why did I ever come forth from the womb
            To look on trouble and sorrow,
            So that my days have been spent in shame?



Jubilee Bible 2000
Why did I come forth out of the womb? To see labour and sorrow that my days should be consumed with shame?

King James 2000 Bible
Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

American King James Version
Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

American Standard Version
Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why came I out of the womb, to see labour and sorrow, and that my days should be spent in confusion?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore came I forth from the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed in shame?

English Revised Version
Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why was I brought into the world to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

World English Bible
Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

Young's Literal Translation
Why is this? from the womb I have come out, To see labour and sorrow, Yea, consumed in shame are my days!

Study Bible
Jeremiah's Complaint
17Because he did not kill me before birth, So that my mother would have been my grave, And her womb ever pregnant. 18Why did I ever come forth from the womb To look on trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been spent in shame?
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:9
For it seems to me that God has displayed us apostles at the end of the procession, like prisoners appointed for death. We have become a spectacle to the whole world, to angels as well as to men.

Job 3:20
"Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,

Job 5:7
For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1
"Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

Psalm 69:19
You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor; All my adversaries are before You.

Psalm 90:9
For all our days have declined in Your fury; We have finished our years like a sigh.

Psalm 90:10
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

Psalm 102:3
For my days have been consumed in smoke, And my bones have been scorched like a hearth.

Jeremiah 3:25
"Let us lie down in our shame, and let our humiliation cover us; for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day. And we have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God."

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me.
Treasury of Scripture

Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

came.

Job 3:20 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul;

Job 14:1,13 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble…

Lamentations 3:1 I AM the man that has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

to see.

Jeremiah 8:18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.

Genesis 3:16-19 To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your …

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason …

Lamentations 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? behold, and see if there …

John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

with.

Psalm 69:19 You have known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: my adversaries …

Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness …

Isaiah 61:7 For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall …

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

1 Peter 4:14-16 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the …

(18) Wherefore came I forth . . .?--Like the preceding verse, this is in its tone, almost in its words, an echo of Job 3:11-12; Job 3:20.

Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow,.... "Labour" in performing his work and office as a prophet; and "sorrow" in suffering reproach, contempt, and persecution for it; which to avoid, he wishes he had never been born: a sign of a very fretful and impatient spirit, and of a carnal frame. Jarchi thinks this refers to the destruction of the temple;

that my days should be consumed with shame? through the bad usage of him, the reproach that was cast upon him, and the contempt he was had in for prophesying in the name of the Lord. All this shows that there is sin in the best of men, and what they are when left to themselves; how weak, foolish, and sinful they appear. And Jeremiah recording these his sins and failings, is an argument of the uprightness and sincerity of the man, and of the truth of Scripture. 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.
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