Even if you were to defeat the entire Babyloniana army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn1 this city down."
After the Babylonian army had withdrawn2 from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's army,
Jeremiah started to leave the city to go to the territory of Benjamin to get his share of the property3 among the people there.
But when he reached the Benjamin Gate,4 the captain of the guard, whose name was Irijah son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah, arrested him and said, "You are deserting to the Babylonians!"514
"That's not true!" Jeremiah said. "I am not deserting to the Babylonians." But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested6 Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.
They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten7 and imprisoned8 in the house9 of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.
Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time.
Then King Zedekiah sent10 for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked11 him privately,12 "Is there any word from the LORD?" "Yes," Jeremiah replied, "you will be handed over13 to the king of Babylon."
Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "What crime14 have I committed against you or your officials or this people, that you have put me in prison?
Where are your prophets15 who prophesied to you, 'The king of Babylon will not attack you or this land'?
But now, my lord the king, please listen. Let me bring my petition before you: Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, or I will die there."16