Jeremiah received the LORD's word in the tenth year of Judah's King Zedekiah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar's rule.
At that time, the army of the Babylonian king had surrounded Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined to the prison quarters in the palace of Judah's king.
Judah's King Zedekiah had Jeremiah sent there after questioning him: "Why do you prophesy, ‘This is what the LORD says: I'm handing this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will occupy it;
and Judah's King Zedekiah will be captured and handed over to the king of Babylon; he will speak to the king of Babylon personally and see him with his very own eyes.
And Zedekiah will be carried off to Babylon to live out his days until I punish him, declares the LORD. If you make war against the Babylonians, you will fail.'"
Jeremiah said, The LORD's word came to me: