Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention1 to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.
King Zedekiah, however, sent2 Jehucal3 son of Shelemiah with the priest Zephaniah4 son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: "Please pray5 to the LORD our God for us."
Now Jeremiah was free to come and go among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison.65
Pharaoh's army had marched out of Egypt,7 and when the Babyloniansa who were besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they withdrew8 from Jerusalem.96
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet:
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire10 of me, 'Pharaoh's army, which has marched11 out to support you, will go back to its own land, to Egypt.128
Then the Babylonians will return and attack this city; they will capture13 it and burn14 it down.'
"This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive15 yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not!
Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonianb army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn16 this city down."
After the Babylonian army had withdrawn17 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 property18 among the people there.