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Jeremiah 26:16-24 (English Standard Version)

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Jeremiah Spared from Death

16 1Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, 2"This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God." 17 3And certain of 4the elders of the land arose and spoke to all the assembled people, saying, 18 "Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and said to all the people of Judah: 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, 5"'Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.' 19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? 6Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, 7and did not the LORD relent of the disaster that he had pronounced against them? 8But we are about to bring great disaster upon ourselves." 20 There was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from 9Kiriath-jearim. He prophesied against this city and against this land in words like those of Jeremiah. 21 And when 10King Jehoiakim, with all his warriors and all the officials, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But when Uriah heard of it, he was afraid and fled and escaped to Egypt. 22 Then 11King Jehoiakim sent to Egypt certain men, 12Elnathan the son of 13Achbor and others with him, 23 and they took Uriah from Egypt and brought him to King Jehoiakim, 14who struck him down with the sword and dumped his dead body into the burial place of the common people. 24 But the hand of 15Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death.
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