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?

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

New King James Version
Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow, That my days should be consumed with shame?

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

NASB 1995
Why did I ever come forth from the womb To look on trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been spent in shame?

NASB 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?

Amplified Bible
Why did I come out of the womb To see trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been filled 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?

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why have I proceeded from the womb to see labor and misery, and my days are finished in 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?

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?

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

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?

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

Literal Standard Version
Why [is] this? I have come out from the womb To see labor and sorrow, Indeed, my days are consumed in shame!

New American Bible
Why did I come forth from the womb, to see sorrow and pain, to end my days 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 Revised Standard Version
Why did I come forth from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and 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?

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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.


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.











(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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

and to end
וַיִּכְל֥וּ (way·yiḵ·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 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 3117: A day

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


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