Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood1 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 words2 in your hearing."
Then the officials3 and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man should not be sentenced to death!4 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,
"Micah5 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: " 'Zion6 will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,7 the temple hill8 a mound overgrown with thickets.'a919
"Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah10 fear the LORD and seek11 his favor? And did not the LORD relent,12 so that he did not bring the disaster13 he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster14 on ourselves!"
(Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim15 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 Jehoiakim16 and all his officers and officials17 heard his words, the king sought to put him to death.18 But Uriah heard of it and fled19 in fear to Egypt.
King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan20 son of Acbor to Egypt, along with some other men.
They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword21 and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)2224
Furthermore, Ahikam23 son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.