The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD.
But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded1 him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized2 him and said, "You must die!39
Why do you prophesy in the LORD's name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?"4 And all the people crowded5 around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
When the officials6 of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the LORD and took their places at the entrance of the New Gate7 of the LORD's house.
Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man should be sentenced to death8 because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!"912
Then Jeremiah said to all the officials10 and all the people: "The LORD sent me to prophesy11 against this house and this city all the things you have heard.1213
Now reform13 your ways and your actions and obey14 the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent15 and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.
As for me, I am in your hands;16 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 blood17 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 words18 in your hearing."