Then the officials1 and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man should not be sentenced to death!2 He has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people,
"Micah3 of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: " 'Zion4 will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,5 the temple hill6 a mound overgrown with thickets.'a719
"Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah8 fear the LORD and seek9 his favor? And did not the LORD relent,10 so that he did not bring the disaster11 he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster12 on ourselves!"
(Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim13 was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did.
When King Jehoiakim14 and all his officers and officials15 heard his words, the king sought to put him to death.16 But Uriah heard of it and fled17 in fear to Egypt.
King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan18 son of Acbor to Egypt, along with some other men.
They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword19 and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)2024
Furthermore, Ahikam21 son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.