At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakima son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord:
"This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard of the Lord's temple and speak all the words I have commanded you to speak to all Judah's cities that are coming to worship there. Do not hold back a word.b3
Perhaps they will listen and return-each from his evil way of life-so that I might relentc concerning the disaster that I plan to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.
You are to say to them: This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen to Me by living according to My law that I set before you
and by listening to the words of My servants the prophets I have been sending you time and time again,d though you did not listen,
I will make this temple like Shiloh.e I will make this city an object of cursing for all the nations of the earth."
The priests, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the temple of the Lord.
He finished the address the Lord had commanded him to deliver to all the people. Then the priests, the prophets, and all the people took hold of him, yelling, "You must surely die!
How dare you prophesy in the name of the Lord, 'This temple will become like Shiloh and this city will become an uninhabited ruin'!" Then all the people assembled against Jeremiah at the Lord's temple.
When the officials of Judah heard these things, they went up from the king's palace to the Lord's temple and sat at the entrance of the New Gate.fg11
Then the priests and prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man deserves the death sentence because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears."
Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and the people, "The Lord sent me to prophesy all the words that you have heard against this temple and city.
So now, correct your ways and deedsh and obey the voice of the Lord your God so that He might relent concerning the disaster that He warned about.
As for me, here I am in your hands; do to me what you think is good and right.
But know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent bloodi on yourselves, on this city, and on its residents, for it is certain the Lord has sent me to speak all these things directly to you."
Then the officials and all the people told the priests and prophets, "This man doesn't deserve the death sentence, for he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God!"
Some of the elders of the land stood up and said to all the assembled people,
"Micah the Moreshitej prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judahk and said to all the people of Judah, 'This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become ruins, and the temple mount a forested hill.'l19
Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all [the people of] Judah put him to death? Did he not fear the Lord and plead for the Lord's favor,m and did not the Lord relent concerning the disaster He had pronounced against them? We are about to bring great harm on ourselves!"
Another man was also prophesying in the name of the Lord-Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim. He prophesied against this city and against this land in words like all those of Jeremiah.
King Jehoiakim, all his warriors, and all the officials heard his words, and the king tried to put him to death. When Uriah heard, he fled in fear and went to Egypt.
But King Jehoiakim sent men to Egypt: Elnathan son of Achbor and [certain other] men with him [went] to Egypt.
They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who executed him with the sword and threw his corpse into the burial place of the common people.n24
But Ahikamo son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.