Old Testament

Wisdom and Poetical Books

What were some of Jeremiah’s complaints to God about being a moral person and prophet?

“Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (NIV, Jeremiah 12:1)

“What sadness is mine, my mother, Oh, that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go.” (NLT, Jeremiah 15:10)

“For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’ For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and a derision all day long. If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (NRSV, Jeremiah 20:9)

“Why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and shame?” (NLT, Jeremiah 20:18)


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