Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man should be sentenced to death1 because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!"212
Then Jeremiah said to all the officials3 and all the people: "The LORD sent me to prophesy4 against this house and this city all the things you have heard.513
Now reform6 your ways and your actions and obey7 the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent8 and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.
As for me, I am in your hands;9 do with me whatever you think is good and right.
Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood10 on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words11 in your hearing."
Then the officials12 and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man should not be sentenced to death!13 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,
"Micah14 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: " 'Zion15 will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,16 the temple hill17 a mound overgrown with thickets.'a1819
"Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah19 fear the LORD and seek20 his favor? And did not the LORD relent,21 so that he did not bring the disaster22 he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster23 on ourselves!"
(Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim24 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 Jehoiakim25 and all his officers and officials26 heard his words, the king sought to put him to death.27 But Uriah heard of it and fled28 in fear to Egypt.