In our readings from Jeremiah we have skipped this passage from Chapter 20. Let's look at it.
Jeremiah, 20: 7-10
7.You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter,
everyone mocks me.
8. Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
violence and outrage is my message;
the word of the Lord has brought me
derision and reproach all the day.
9. I say to myslf, “I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning
In my heart, imprisoned in my bones.
I grow weary holding it in.
I cannot endure it.
10. Yes, I hear the whisperings of many;
“Terror on every side,
Denounce, let us denounce him.”
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail;
and take our vengeance on him.”