Jeremiah Threatened with Death
261 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, hath this word been from Jehovah, saying: 2 'Thus said Jehovah, Stand thou in the court of the house of Jehovah, and thou hast spoken unto all 'those of' the cities of Judah who are coming in to bow themselves in the house of Jehovah, all the words that I have commanded thee to speak unto them, thou dost not diminish a word. 3 If so be they hearken, and turn back each from his evil way, then I have repented concerning the evil that I am thinking of doing to them, because of the evil of their doings. 4 'And thou hast said unto them: Thus said Jehovah, If ye do not hearken unto Me, to walk in My law, that I set before you, 5 To hearken to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I am sending unto you, yea, rising early and sending, and ye have not hearkened, 6 Then I have given up this house as Shiloh, and this city I give up for a reviling to all nations of the earth.'
7 And the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, hear Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of Jehovah, 8 And it cometh to pass, at the completion of Jeremiah's speaking all that Jehovah hath commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests, and the prophets, and all the people catch him, saying, Thou dost surely die, 9 Wherefore hast thou prophesied in the name of Jehovah, saying, 'As Shiloh this house shall be, and this city is wasted, without inhabitant?' and all the people are assembled unto Jeremiah in the house of Jehovah. 10 And the heads of Judah hear these things, and they go up from the house of the king 'to' the house of Jehovah, and sit in the opening of the new gate of Jehovah. 11 And the priests and the prophets speak unto the heads, and unto all the people, saying, 'Judgment of death 'is' for this man, for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.' 12 And Jeremiah speaketh unto all the heads, and unto all the people, saying, 'Jehovah sent me to prophesy concerning this house, and concerning this city, all the words that ye have heard; 13 And now, amend your ways, and your doings, and hearken to the voice of Jehovah your God, and Jehovah doth repent concerning the evil that He hath spoken against you. 14 'And I, lo, I 'am' in your hand, do to me as is good and as is right in your eyes; 15 Only, know ye certainly, that if ye are putting me to death, surely innocent blood ye are putting on yourselves, and on this city, and on its inhabitants; for truly hath Jehovah sent me unto you to speak in your ears all these words.'
16 And the heads and all the people say unto the priests and unto the prophets, 'There is not for this man a judgment of death, for in the name of Jehovah our God he hath spoken unto us.' 17 And certain of the elders of the land rise up, and speak unto all the assembly of the people, saying, 18 'Micah the Morashtite hath been prophesying in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and he saith unto all the people of Judah, saying: Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Zion is a plowed field, and Jerusalem is heaps, And the mountain of the house is for high places of a forest. 19 'Put him at all to death did Hezekiah king of Judah, and all Judah? Did he not fear Jehovah? yea, he appeaseth the face of Jehovah, and Jehovah repenteth concerning the evil that He spake against them; and we are doing great evil against our souls. 20 'And also there hath been a man prophesying in the name of Jehovah, Urijah son of Shemaiah, of Kirjath-Jearim, and he prophesieth against this city, and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah, 21 And the king Jehoiakim, and all his mighty ones, and all the heads, hear his words, and the king seeketh to put him to death, and Urijah heareth, and feareth, and fleeth, and goeth in to Egypt. 22 And the king Jehoiakim sendeth men to Egypt—Elnathan son of Achbor, and men with him unto Egypt— 23 And they bring out Urijah from Egypt, and bring him in unto the king Jehoiakim, and he smiteth him with a sword, and casteth his corpse unto the graves of the sons of the people.' 24 Only, the hand of Ahikam son of Shaphan hath been with Jeremiah so as not to give him up into the hand of the people to put him to death.
The Lesson from the Yoke-bars
271 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, hath this word been unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, 2 'Thus said Jehovah unto me, Make to thee bands and yokes, 3 And thou hast put them on thy neck, and hast sent them unto the king of Edom, and unto the king of Moab, and unto the king of the sons of Ammon, and unto the king of Tyre, and unto the king of Zidon, by the hand of messengers who are coming in to Jerusalem, unto Zedekiah king of Judah; 4 And thou hast commanded them for their lords, saying, Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, 5 Thus do ye say unto your lords, I—I have made the earth with man, and the cattle that 'are' on the face of the earth, by My great power, and by My stretched-out arm, and I have given it to whom it hath been right in Mine eyes. 6 'And now, I—I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and also the beast of the field I have given to him to serve him; 7 And served him have all the nations, and his son, and his son's son, till the coming in of the time of his land, also it; and done service for him have many nations and great kings. 8 And it hath come to pass, the nation and the kingdom that do not serve him—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon—and that which putteth not its neck into the yoke of the king of Babylon, with sword, and with famine, and with pestilence, I lay a charge on that nation—an affirmation of Jehovah—till I consume them by his hand. 9 'And ye, ye do not hearken unto your prophets, and unto your diviners, and unto your dreamers, and unto your observers of clouds, and unto your sorcerers who are speaking unto you, saying, Ye do not serve the king of Babylon,— 10 For falsehood they are prophesying to you, so as to remove you far from off your ground, and I have driven you out, and ye have perished. 11 And the nation that causeth its neck to enter into the yoke of the king of Babylon, and hath served him—I have left it on its ground—an affirmation of Jehovah—and it hath tilled it, and dwelt in it.'
12 And unto Zedekiah king of Judah I have spoken according to all these words, saying, 'Cause your necks to enter into the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. 13 Why do ye die, thou and thy people, by sword, by famine, and by pestilence, as Jehovah hath spoken concerning the nation that doth not serve the king of Babylon? 14 'And ye do not hearken unto the words of the prophets who are speaking unto you, saying, Ye do not serve the king of Babylon,—for falsehood they are prophesying to you. 15 For I have not sent them—an affirmation of Jehovah—and they are prophesying in My name falsely, so as to drive you out, and ye have perished, ye, and the prophets who are prophesying to you.' 16 And unto the priests, and unto all this people, I have spoken, saying, 'Thus said Jehovah, Ye do not hearken unto the words of your prophets, who are prophesying to you, saying, Lo, the vessels of the house of Jehovah are brought back from Babylon now in haste, for falsehood they are prophesying to you. 17 Ye do not hearken unto them, serve the king of Babylon, and live. Why is this city a waste? 18 'And, if they be prophets, and if a word of Jehovah be with them, let them intercede, I pray you, with Jehovah of Hosts, so that the vessels that are left in the house of Jehovah, and 'in' the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem, have not gone into Babylon. 19 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts concerning the pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning the rest of the vessels that are left in this city, 20 That Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath not taken, in his removing Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim king of Judah from Jerusalem to Babylon with all the freemen of Judah and Jerusalem, 21 Surely thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, concerning the vessels that are left of the house of Jehovah, and of the house of the king of Judah, and 'in' Jerusalem: 22 To Babylon they are brought, and there they are till the day of My inspecting them—an affirmation of Jehovah; then I have brought them up, and have brought them back unto this place.'
Hananiah's False Prophecy
281 And it cometh to pass, in that year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, spoken unto me hath Hananiah son of Azur the prophet, who 'is' of Gibeon, in the house of Jehovah, before the eyes of the priests, and all the people, saying, 2 'Thus spake Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon; 3 Within two years of days I am bringing back unto this place all the vessels of the house of Jehovah that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath taken from this place, and doth carry to Babylon, 4 And Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the removed of Judah, who are entering Babylon, I am bringing back unto this place—an affirmation of Jehovah; for I do break the yoke of the king of Babylon.' 5 And Jeremiah the prophet saith unto Hananiah the prophet, before the eyes of the priests, and before the eyes of all the people who are standing in the house of Jehovah, 6 Yea, Jeremiah the prophet saith, 'Amen! so may Jehovah do; Jehovah establish thy words that thou hast prophesied, to bring back the vessels of the house of Jehovah and all the removal from Babylon, unto this place. 7 'Only, hear, I pray thee, this word that I am speaking in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people. 8 The prophets who have been before me, and before thee, from of old, even they prophesy concerning many lands, and concerning great kingdoms, of battle, and of evil, and of pestilence. 9 The prophet who doth prophesy of peace—by the coming in of the word of the prophet, known is the prophet that Jehovah hath truly sent him.'
10 And Hananiah the prophet taketh the yoke from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet, and breaketh it, 11 And Hananiah speaketh before the eyes of all the people, saying, 'Thus said Jehovah, Thus I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, within two years of days, from off the neck of all the nations;' and Jeremiah the prophet goeth on his way. 12 And there is a word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah after the breaking, by Hananiah the prophet, of the yoke from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 13 'Go, and thou hast spoken unto Hananiah, saying, Thus said Jehovah, Yokes of wood thou hast broken, and I have made instead of them yokes of iron; 14 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, A yoke of iron I have put on the neck of all these nations to serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they have served him, and also the beast of the field I have given to him.' 15 And Jeremiah the prophet saith unto Hananiah the prophet, 'Hear, I pray thee, O Hananiah; Jehovah hath not sent thee, and thou hast caused this people to trust on falsehood. 16 Therefore thus said Jehovah, Lo, I am casting thee from off the face of the ground; this year thou diest, for apostacy thou hast spoken concerning Jehovah.' 17 And Hananiah the prophet dieth in that year, in the seventh month.
Jeremiah's Letter to the Captives
291 And these 'are' words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the remnant of the elders of the removal, and unto the priests, and unto the prophets, and unto all the people—whom Nebuchadnezzar removed from Jerusalem to Babylon, 2 After the going forth of Jeconiah the king, and the mistress, and the officers, heads of Judah and Jerusalem, and the artificer, and the smith, from Jerusalem— 3 By the hand of Eleasah son of Shaphan, and Gemariah son of Hilkijah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon—to Babylon, saying, 4 'Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, to all the removal that I removed from Jerusalem to Babylon, 5 Build ye houses, and abide; and plant ye gardens, and eat their fruit; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take for your sons wives, and your daughters give to husbands, and they bear sons and daughters; and multiply there, and ye are not few; 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have removed you, and pray for it unto Jehovah, for in its peace ye have peace.
8 'For thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, Let not your prophets who 'are' in your midst, and your diviners, lift you up, nor hearken ye unto their dreams, thay ye are causing 'them' to dream; 9 For with falsehood they are prophesying to you in My name; I have not sent them, an affirmation of Jehovah. 10 'For thus said Jehovah, Surely at the fulness of Babylon—seventy years—I inspect you, and have established towards you My good word, to bring you back unto this place. 11 For I have known the thoughts that I am thinking towards you—an affirmation of Jehovah; thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give to you posterity and hope. 12 'And ye have called Me, and have gone, and have prayed unto Me, and I have hearkened unto you, 13 And ye have sought Me, and have found, for ye seek Me with all your heart; 14 And I have been found of you—an affirmation of Jehovah; and I have turned back 'to' your captivity, and have gathered you out of all the nations, and out of all the places whither I have driven you—an affirmation of Jehovah—and I have brought you back unto the place whence I removed you.
15 'Because ye have said, Jehovah hath raised up to us prophets in Babylon, 16 Surely thus said Jehovah concerning the king who is sitting on the throne of David, and concerning all the people that is dwelling in this city, your brethren who went not forth with you in the removal; 17 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, Lo, I am sending among them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and I have given them up as figs that 'are' vile, that are not eaten for badness. 18 And I have pursued after them with sword, with famine, and with pestilence, and have given them for a trembling to all kingdoms of the earth, for a curse and for an astonishment, and for a hissing, and for a reproach among all the nations whither I have driven them, 19 Because that they have not hearkened unto My words—an affirmation of Jehovah—that I sent unto them by My servants the prophets, rising early and sending, and ye hearkened not—an affirmation of Jehovah. 20 'And ye, hear ye a word of Jehovah, all ye of the captivity that I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon, 21 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, concerning Ahab son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying to you in My name falsehood: Lo, I am giving them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he hath smitten them before your eyes, 22 And taken from them hath been a reviling by all the removed of Judah that 'are' in Babylon, saying, Jehovah doth set thee as Zedekiah, and as Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted with fire; 23 Because that they have done folly in Israel, and commit adultery with the wives of their neighbours, and speak a word in My name falsely that I have not commanded them, and I 'am' He who knoweth and a witness—an affirmation of Jehovah.
24 'And unto Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou dost speak, saying, 25 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, saying, Because that thou hast sent in thy name letters unto all the people who 'are' in Jerusalem, and unto Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, and unto all the priests, saying, 26 Jehovah hath made thee priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, for there being inspectors of the house of Jehovah, for every one mad and making himself a prophet, and thou hast put him unto the torture and unto the stocks. 27 And now, why hast thou not pushed against Jeremiah of Anathoth, who is making himself a prophet to you? 28 Because that he hath sent unto us to Babylon, saying, It 'is' long, build ye houses, and abide; and plant ye gardens, and eat their fruit.' 29 And Zephaniah the priest readeth this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet. 30 And there is a word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah, saying, 31 'Send unto all the removal, saying, Thus said Jehovah concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite, Because that Shemaiah prophesied to you, and I—I have not sent him, and he doth cause you to trust on falsehood, 32 Therefore, thus said Jehovah, Lo, I am seeing after Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and after his seed, he hath none dwelling in the midst of this people, nor doth he look on the good that I am doing to My people—an affirmation of Jehovah—for apostacy he hath spoken against Jehovah.'