Jeremiah is put in the stocks and beaten, probably whipped, by one of the priests. His humiliation occurs in one of the most prominent parts of the city, next to the temple.
We see his pubic and private response. In public he is unmoved. He continues preaching it from the moment he is released.
Privately he is devastated. He talks about his deep desire to stop preaching, but complains that when he does the message burns in his bones.
This is my favourite part of the chapter and worth a song “burn in my bones Lord!”
He compares himself to a bride seduced under false pretences into an abusive marriage.
He really hits rock bottom with the final miserable poem about wishing he’d never been born.
The language is so extreme. He curses his father essentially for not aborting him as a fetus because if his mother’s womb had been his grave it would have been forever praised instead of cursed.
That’s someone who really wishes they hadn’t been born.
And that’s where he’s left for today. The are 30 more chapters so I’m guessing he carries on.
But it’s worth considering when you let the promptings of the holy spirit slip by, when you don’t say or do that action that would increase God’s grace in someone’s life. You aren’t the first person to ask “why me”? But the question doesn’t justify letting yourself off the hook. Unfortunately, most likely, it is you.