Armiya 20

Now Pashhur Ibn Immer the priest, who was chief officer in the house of Allah, heard Armiya prophesying these things. 2Then Pashhur struck Armiya the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Binyamin, which was in the house of Allah. 3It happened on the next day, that Pashhur brought forth Armiya out of the stocks. Then Armiya said to him, Allah has not called your name Pashhur, but Magormissabib. 4For thus says Allah, Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself, and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it; and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall kill them with the sword. 5Moreover I will give all the riches of this city, and all its products, and all its precious things, yes, all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies; and they shall make them a prey, and take them, and carry them to Babylon. 6You, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house shall go into captivity; and you shall come to Babylon, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you, and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely. 7Allah, you have persuaded me, and I was persuaded; you are stronger than I, and have prevailed: I have become a laughing-stock all the day, every one mocks me. 8For as often as I speak, I cry out; I cry, Violence and destruction! Because the word of Allah is made a reproach to me, and a derision, all the day. 9If I say, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name, then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with forbearing, and I cannot contain. 10For I have heard the defaming of many, terror on every side. Denounce, and we will denounce him, say all my familiar friends, those who watch for my fall; perhaps he will be persuaded, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. 11But Allah is with me as an awesome mighty one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail; they shall be utterly disappointed, because they have not dealt wisely, even with an everlasting dishonour which shall never be forgotten. 12But, Allah, Lord of the universe, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance on them; for to you have I revealed my cause. 13Sing to Allah, praise Allah; for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hand of evil-doers. 14Cursed be the day in which I was born: do not let the day in which my mother bore me be blessed. 15Cursed be the man who brought news to my father, saying, A man-child is born to you; making him very glad. 16Let that man be as the cities which Allah overthrew, and did not relent: and let him hear a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontime; 17because he didn’t kill me from the womb; and so my mother would have been my grave, and her womb always great. 18Why did I come forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?


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