Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur1, Jehucala2 son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said,
"This is what the LORD says: 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague,3 but whoever goes over to the Babyloniansb will live. He will escape with his life; he will live.'43
And this is what the LORD says: 'This city will certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.' "54
Then the officials6 said to the king, "This man should be put to death.7 He is discouraging8 the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin."