King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Zedekiah, son of Josiah, to be king of Judah. Zedekiah succeeded Jehoiakin, son of Jehoiakim.
But Zedekiah, his administrators, and the common people didn't listen to what the LORD had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah.
King Zedekiah sent Jehucal (son of Shelemiah) and the priest Zephaniah (son of Maaseiah) to the prophet Jeremiah. They asked him, "Please pray to the LORD our God for us."
Jeremiah was still free to come and go among the people. The people of Jerusalem hadn't put him in prison yet.
Pharaoh's army had come from Egypt, and when the Babylonians who were blockading Jerusalem heard this news, they retreated from Jerusalem.
The LORD spoke his word to the prophet Jeremiah. He said,