Jeremiah 20

2 This is a true testimony of the poor spiritual condition of Israel. The head religious leader refused to listen and obey the word of God. Pashhur was convinced in his own mind that God would not say, much less do, the things Jeremiah was prophesying. He felt that Jeremiah was speaking blasphemy to stir up the people for no apparent reason. The beating was a physical punishment, and the stocks were for public humiliation. He wanted to discredit Jeremiah's teaching and make it clear that such ideas would not be tolerated.
3 Pashhur means "torn to pieces," and Magor-missabib means "terror on every side."
4 God reaffirms that what He said before would surely come to pass. Furthermore, Pashhur would see his friends and family killed in the war that was to come. He would see his beloved city destroyed. He would be taken captive and would never see his homeland again. In fact, he would not even have the honor of being buried in the Promised Land, but rather in an "unclean," gentile land.
6 When Jeremiah was prophesying the destruction of Judah in the name of God, the people were certainly asking Pashhur's opinion on the matter. He had probably countered Jeremiah's words with the idea that God would never destroy His people or His Promised Land, but rather would give them peace and prosperity. This would prove to be a false prophecy, and Pashhur would have to live with the humiliation of being proven wrong, and not being the man of God he had claimed to be.
7 Most of the prophets in the Bible had "disappointing" ministries. Utterly exasperation at people's refusal to listen to God coupled with intense persecution easily leads to despair. Here Jeremiah pours his heart out. As he struggles with his emotions he is completely honest with God about how he feels.

Jeremiah's complaint centers on God's promise to protect him from harm (Jer 1:6-8, 18-19). The beating and public humiliation seemed, in Jeremiah's eyes, a violation of this promise.

8 People should honor those who speak God's word, but when God's message is not pleasing to them, they often persecuted the messenger instead.
9 No one likes to be rejected, and Jeremiah had contemplated abandoning his ministry because of public opinion against him. However, God's mission for Jeremiah was so compelling that he could not stop.
10 The Christian's hope should be that people would see the difference between right and wrong and turn to God for forgiveness. Yet, when a Christian tell others that certain activities are wrong in God's eyes the response is often, "you are being judgmental." They feel that this retort should silence the Christian. What they fail to realize is that it is not the Christian who is judgmental, but God.

When someone is told they are wrong about something the response is often defensive, even if the accused would agree with the accuser if he looked at the situation objectively. The accused will sometimes feel personally attacked and will seek revenge. The situation can become more intense when someone must confront a dear friend or someone who they grew up with.

11 Even though Jeremiah was verbally and physically attacked, he knew that God would have the final say. Even if the persecutors were to "win" now, they would be humiliated and punished on Judgement day.
12 Even though Jeremiah knows that he will be vindicated in the end, his recent humiliation has led him to desire seeing God's prophesies come true while he was still alive.
13 In a moment of hope Jeremiah sees that God will vindicate the righteous and the helpless that depend on God.
14 But immediately he returns to self-pity and curses the day he was born. When we forget the good things God has given us and our place in heaven, we can feel that life is not worth living. The best thing we can do during these times is to confess our feelings and then look to God for comfort and purpose.