Jeremiah 26:1-9

Jeremiah Threatened With Death

1 Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the LORD:
2 “This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word.
3 Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from their evil ways. Then I will relent and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.
4 Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you,
5 and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened),
6 then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city a curse[a] among all the nations of the earth.’ ”
7 The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD.
8 But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, “You must die!
9 Why do you prophesy in the LORD’s name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?” And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.

Jeremiah 26:1-9 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives an account of Jeremiah's preaching; of his being apprehended by the people; of his defence of himself, and acquittance upon it. The time when, place where, and persons to whom the prophet delivered his discourse, are pointed at in Jer 26:1,2; the substance of it was, that if the people of the Jews would repent of their sins and turn from them, the Lord would avert the evil he had threatened them with; but if not, he would make their temple like Shiloh, and their city a curse to all the earth, Jer 26:3-6; upon hearing which the people seized him, and vowed he should die, because he had prophesied of the destruction of their city and temple, Jer 26:7-9; which the princes hearing of, came from the king's house to one of the gates of the temple, and sat as a court of judicature; to whom the priests and prophets accused Jeremiah of the above things as worthy of death, Jer 26:10,11; and before whom the prophet made his defence, alleging his mission and orders from the Lord; and therefore, instead of recanting, repeats his exhortation; and as for himself, he was not careful what they did to him; but advises them not to shed innocent blood, since it would bring evil upon them, Jer 26:12-15; upon which the princes acquit him, and declare him innocent, Jer 26:16; and this is confirmed by a like instance of Micah the prophet, in the times of Hezekiah, who prophesied of the destruction of Jerusalem, and yet was not put to death, Jer 26:17-19; and by a contrary instance of Uriah, in the then present reign of Jehoiakim, who had been put to death for the like, but wrongly, Jer 26:20-23; and, in the issue, Jeremiah, through the good office of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, particularly, was saved from being put to death, Jer 26:24.

Cross References 17

  • 1. 2 Kings 23:36
  • 2. Jeremiah 19:14
  • 3. S Jeremiah 17:19
  • 4. S ver 12; S Jeremiah 1:17; Matthew 28:20; Acts 20:27
  • 5. Deuteronomy 4:2
  • 6. Deuteronomy 30:2; 2 Chronicles 33:12-13; Isaiah 55:7; Jeremiah 35:15; Jeremiah 36:7
  • 7. S Jeremiah 18:8
  • 8. Leviticus 26:14; Jeremiah 25:3
  • 9. Ex 20:1-23:33; S 1 Kings 9:6; S Jeremiah 11:8
  • 10. S Proverbs 1:24; S Isaiah 65:12; Jeremiah 25:4; Jeremiah 44:5
  • 11. S Joshua 18:1; S Judges 18:31
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 28:25; S 2 Kings 22:19
  • 13. Jeremiah 43:1
  • 14. Acts 6:12; Acts 21:27
  • 15. Leviticus 24:15-16; S Nehemiah 9:26; S Jeremiah 11:21
  • 16. S Leviticus 26:32; S Jeremiah 9:11
  • 17. Acts 21:32

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. That is, its name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that it is cursed.
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