37 1And Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned as king, instead of Coniah
the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the
land of Judah.
2But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the
land, did hearken unto the words of Jehovah, which he spake by the prophet
3And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and
Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
Pray now unto Jehovah our God for us.
4Now Jeremiah came in and went out
among the people; for they had not put him into prison.
army was come forth out of Egypt; and when the Chaldeans that were besieging
Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they brake up from Jerusalem.
the word of Jehovah unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
Jehovah, the God of Israel, Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent
you unto me to inquire of me: Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to
help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.
8And the Chaldeans
shall come again, and fight against this city; and they shall take it, and
burn it with fire.
9Thus saith Jehovah, Deceive not yourselves, saying,
The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us; for they shall not depart.
10For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight
against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yea would they
rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.
came to pass that, when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from
Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
12then Jeremiah went forth out of
Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to receive his portion there, in
the midst of the people.
13And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a
captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah,
the son of Hananiah; and he laid hold on Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou
art falling away to the Chaldeans.
14Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I
am not falling away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him; so Irijah
laid hold on Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.
15And the princes
were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house
of Jonathan the scribe; for they had made that the prison.
Jeremiah was come into the dungeon-house, and into the cells, and Jeremiah
had remained there many days;
17Then Zedekiah the king sent, and fetched
him: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any
word from Jehovah? And Jeremiah said, There is. He said also, Thou shalt be
delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
18Moreover Jeremiah said
unto king Zedekiah, Wherein have I sinned against thee, or against thy
servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
now are your prophets that prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon
shall not come against you, nor against this land?
20And now hear, I pray
thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be presented
before thee, that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the
scribe, lest I die there.
21Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they
committed Jeremiah into the court of the guard; and they gave him daily a
loaf of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was
spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.