After the Babylonian army had withdrawn1 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 property2 among the people there.
But when he reached the Benjamin Gate,3 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!"414
"That's not true!" Jeremiah said. "I am not deserting to the Babylonians." But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested5 Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.
They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten6 and imprisoned7 in the house8 of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.