Jeremiah 20:18
Good News Translation
Why was I born? Was it only to have trouble and sorrow, to end my life in disgrace?

Contemporary English Version
Why did I have to be born? Was it just to suffer and die in 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?

New American Bible
Why did I come forth from the womb, to see sorrow and pain, to end my days in shame?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

came.

Job 3:20 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?

Job 14:1,13 Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries. . . .

Lamentations 3:1 Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation.

to see.

Jeremiah 8:18 My sorrow is above sorrow, my heart mourneth within me.

Genesis 3:16-19 To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee. . . .

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years in them are threescore and ten years. But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.

Lamentations 1:12 Lamed. O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow: for he hath made a vintage of me, as the Lord spoke in the day of his fierce anger.

John 16:20 Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Hebrews 10:36 For patience is necessary for you: that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise.

with.

Psalm 69:19 Thou knowest my reproach, and my confusion, and my shame.

Isaiah 1:6 From the sole of the foot unto the top of the head, there is no soundness therein: wounds and bruises and swelling sores: they are not bound up, nor dressed, nor fomented with oil.

Isaiah 61:7 For your double confusion and shame, they shall praise their part: therefore shall they receive double in their land, everlasting joy shall be unto them.

Acts 5:41 And they indeed went from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death. We are made a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men. . . .

2 Timothy 1:12 For which cause, I also suffer these things: but I am not ashamed. For I know whom I have believed and I am certain that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him, against that day.

Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of mockeries and stripes: moreover also of bands and prisons.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who, having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.

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, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory and power of God, and that which is his Spirit resteth upon you. . . .

Context
Jeremiah's Complaint
17Who slew me not from the womb, that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb an everlasting conception. 18Why came I out of the womb, to see labour and sorrow, and that my days should be spent in confusion?
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:9
For I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death. We are made a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men.

Job 3:20
Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?

Job 5:7
Man is born to labour, and the bird to fly.

Job 14:1
Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries.

Psalm 69:19
Thou knowest my reproach, and my confusion, and my shame.

Psalm 90:9
For all our days are spent; and in thy wrath we have fainted away. Our years shall be considered as a spider:

Psalm 90:10
The days of our years in them are threescore and ten years. But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.

Psalm 102:3
For my days are vanished like smoke, and my bones are grown dry like fuel for the fire.

Jeremiah 3:25
We shall sleep in our confusion, and our shame shall cover us, because we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers from our youth even to this day, and we have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe is me, my mother: why hast thou borne me a man of strife, a man of contention to all the earth? I have not lent on usury, neither hath any man lent to me on usury: yet all curse me.

Lamentations 3:1
Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his indignation.

Habakkuk 1:3
Why hast thou shewn me iniquity and grievance, to see rapine and injustice before me? and there is a judgment, but opposition is more powerful.

Additional Translations
Why did I come out of the womb to see only trouble and sorrow, and to end my days in shame?Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

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

Why is it that I came forth of the womb to see troubles and distresses, and my days are spent in shame?

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

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

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

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

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