Pastor Ron Roddey
"Why We Can't Quit"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Sunday Evening, May 27, 2012
Jeremiah Chapters 19 & 20
19:1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take
of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
19:2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the
entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell
19:3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever
heareth, his ears shall tingle.
19:4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and
have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their
fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place
with the blood of innocents;
19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons
with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor
spake it, neither came it into my mind:
19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place
shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but
The valley of slaughter.
19:7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this
place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies,
and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will
I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the
19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that
passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues
19:9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh
of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend
in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek
their lives, shall straiten them.
19:10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go
19:11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so
will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter's
vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in
Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
19:12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the
inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah,
shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon
whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and
have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
19:14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him to
prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD's house; and said to all
19:15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will
bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have
pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they
might not hear my words.
20:1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest,
who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that
Jeremiah prophesied these things.
20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks
that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the
20:3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth
Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The LORD hath
not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib.
20:4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to
thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of
their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah
into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive
into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.
20:5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all the
labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and all the
treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their
enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to
20:6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine 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 friends, to whom thou hast
20:7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art
stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one
20:8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because
the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.
20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in
his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my
bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say
they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting,
saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against
him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
20:11 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 forgotten.
20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the
reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee
have I opened my cause.
20:13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the
soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
20:14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my
mother bare me be blessed.
20:15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man
child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
20:16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and
repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting
20:17 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have
been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.
20:18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow,
that my days should be consumed with shame?