Jeremiah 20:18
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?

Berean Study Bible
Why did I come out of the womb to see only trouble and sorrow, and to end 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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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 in the womb so that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb forever enlarged. 18Why did I come out of the womb to see only trouble and sorrow, and to end my days 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 the miserable, and life to the bitter of soul,

Job 5:7
Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1
Man, who is born of woman, is short of days and full of trouble.

Psalm 69:19
You know my reproach, my shame and disgrace. All my adversaries are before You.

Psalm 90:9
For all our days decline in Your fury; we finish our years with a sigh.

Psalm 90:10
The length of our days is seventy years--or eighty if we are strong--yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke, and my bones burn like glowing embers.

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

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and conflict in all the land. I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.

Lamentations 3:1
I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath.

Habakkuk 1:3
Why do You make me see iniquity? Why do You tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict abounds.

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
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto 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 hath 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
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee…

Psalm 90:10
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

with.

Psalm 69:19
Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

Isaiah 1:6
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

Isaiah 61:7
For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.







Lexicon
Why
לָ֤מָּה (lām·māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

did I come out
יָצָ֔אתִי (yā·ṣā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

of the womb
מֵרֶ֣חֶם (mê·re·ḥem)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7358: The womb

to see
לִרְא֥וֹת (lir·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

only trouble
עָמָ֖ל (‘ā·māl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5999: Toil, wearing effort, worry, wheth, of body, mind

and sorrow,
וְיָג֑וֹן (wə·yā·ḡō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3015: Grief, sorrow

and to end
וַיִּכְל֥וּ (way·yiḵ·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

my days
יָמָֽי׃ (yā·māy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

in shame?
בְּבֹ֖שֶׁת (bə·ḇō·šeṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1322: Shame, shameful thing
(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.

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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