Jeremiah Threatened With Death
26:1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the
son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD,
26:2 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD's
house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to
worship in the LORD's house, all the words that I command
thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
26:3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from
his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I
purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
26:4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If
ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have
set before you,
26:5 To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets,
whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending
them, but ye have not hearkened;
26:6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make
this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
26:7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people
heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the
26:8 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of
speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto
all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all
the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.
26:9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD,
saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall
be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were
gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
26:10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then
they came up from the king's house unto the house of the
LORD, and sat down in the entry of the new gate of the
26:11 Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the
princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to
die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have
heard with your ears.
26:12 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all
the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against
this house and against this city all the words that ye have
26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and
obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will
repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
26:14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as
seemeth good and meet unto you.
26:15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death,
ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and
upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a
truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these
words in your ears.
26:16 Then said the princes and all the people unto the
priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die:
for he hath spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
26:17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and
spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,
26:18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of
Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of
Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be
plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and
the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at
all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the
LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had
pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil
against our souls.
26:20 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name
of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim,
who prophesied against this city and against this land
according to all the words of Jeremiah.
26:21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men,
and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put
him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and
fled, and went into Egypt;
26:22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely,
Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into
26:23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and
brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the
sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common
26:24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan
was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the
hand of the people to put him to death.