Jeremiah in Prison
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, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he
spake 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 unto the LORD our God
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 was come forth out of 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 unto the prophet
37:7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye
say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire
of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is 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 shall surely depart from us: for they shall
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 should 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
37:12 Then Jeremiah went forth 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
smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan
the scribe: for they had made that the prison.
37:16 When Jeremiah was 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
37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, 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 which prophesied unto
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 bakers'
street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus
Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.