“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.” - Jeremiah 20:10.
On account of his prophecies in which he spoke of the impending calamities that were to befall the land of Judah, he was imprisoned, and put in the stocks, an instrument of torture in which one had to stay in an awkward position for a long while. However, as the sufferings took its toll on him, Jeremiah spoke with pain after his release, of the persistence of his enemies in looking for faults with which to kill him. Each person, including those who were pretending to love him or have sympathy for him, was willing to be part of the grand conspiracy to destroy the prophet, as stated in the text for today. The defamatory words were such that he thought of refraining from preaching the word to the people. Of course this was not possible as the spirit of God continually moved him to speak. (Jeremioah 20: 7-10), Jeremiah not only pronounced more woes on the nation but also on his persecutor, Pashur, chief governor of the temple Pashur, is family and friends.
God declared through Jeremiah the propht,“Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou was not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee: when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.” – Isaiah 33:1.