Then the officials and all the people1said to the priests and to the prophets, "No2deathsentence for thisman ! For he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
Then 3some of the elders of the landrose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,
"a4Micah of Moreshethprophesied in the days of Hezekiahking of Judah ; and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, 'Thus the LORD of hosts has said, "5Zion will be plowed as a field, And Jerusalem will becomeruins, And the 6mountain of the house as the bhighplaces of a forest."'
"Did Hezekiahking of Judah and allJudahput him to death ? Did he not 7fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, and 8the LORDcchanged His mindabout the misfortunewhich He had pronouncedagainst them? But we are 9committing a greatevilagainstourselves."
20Indeed, there was also a man who prophesied in the name of the LORD, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from 10Kiriath-jearim ; and he prophesiedagainstthiscity and againstthislandwords similar to all those of Jeremiah.
When KingJehoiakim and all his mightymen and all the officialsheard his words, then the 11kingsought to put him to death ; but Uriahheard it, and he was afraid and 12fled and went to Egypt.
Then KingJehoiakimsentmen to Egypt : 13Elnathan the son of Achbor and certain men with him went into Egypt.
And they broughtUriah from Egypt and led him to KingJehoiakim, who 14slew him with a sword and cast his deadbody into the dburialplace of the ecommonpeople.
But the hand of 15Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, so that he was 16not given into the hands of the people to put him to death.