Jeremiah 37


37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of
 Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of
 Babylon made king in the land of Judah.
37:2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the
 land, hearkened to the words of the LORD, which he spoke by the
 prophet Jeremiah.
37:3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and
 Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet
 Jeremiah, saying, Pray now to the LORD our God for us.
37:4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for
 they had not put him into prison.
37:5 Then Pharaoh's army had come from Egypt: and when the
 Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they
 departed from Jerusalem.
37:6 Then came the word of the LORD to the prophet Jeremiah,
 saying,
37:7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say
 to the king of Judah, that sent you to me to inquire of me;
 Behold, Pharaoh's army, which hath come forth to help you,
 shall return to Egypt into their own land.
37:8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this
 city, and take it, and burn it with fire.
37:9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The
 Chaldeans will surely depart from us: for they will not depart.
37:10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans
 that fight against you, and there remained [but] wounded men
 among them, [yet] would they rise up every man in his tent, and
 burn this city with fire.
37:11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans
 was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
37:12 Then Jeremiah went out of Jerusalem to go into the land of
 Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the
 people.
37:13 And 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 took Jeremiah the
 prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
37:14 Then said Jeremiah, [It is] false; I fall not away to the
 Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took
 Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.
37:15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and beat
 him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe:
 for they had made that the prison.
37:16 When Jeremiah had entered into the dungeon, and into the
 cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
37:17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the
 king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there [any]
 word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he,
 thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said to king Zedekiah, In what have I
 offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this
 people, that ye have put me in prison?
37:19 Where [are] now your prophets who prophesied to you,
 saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor
 against this land?
37:20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let
 my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that
 thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the
 scribe, lest I die there.
37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit
 Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should
 give him daily a piece of bread out of the baker's street,
 until all the bread in the city should be consumed. Thus
 Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
 
 

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