Jeremiah 37

Jeremiah Warns against Trust in Pharaoh

2 But 4neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the LORD which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.
3 Yet 5King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and 6Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "7Please pray to the LORD our God on our behalf."
4 Now Jeremiah was still coming in and going out among the people, for they had not yet 8put him in the prison *.
5 Meanwhile, 9Pharaoh's army had set out from Egypt; and when the Chaldeans who had been besieging * Jerusalem heard the report about them, they 10lifted the siege from Jerusalem.
6 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
7 "Thus says the LORD God of Israel, '11Thus you are to say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me: "Behold, 12Pharaoh's army which has come out for your assistance is going to return to its own land of Egypt.
8 "The Chaldeans will also 13return and fight against this city, and they will capture it and burn it with fire."'
9 "Thus says the LORD, 'Do not 14deceive yourselves, saying, "The Chaldeans will surely go away from us," for they will not go.
10 'For 15even if you had defeated the entire army of Chaldeans who were fighting against you, and there were only wounded men left among them, each man in his tent, they would rise up and 16burn this city with fire.' "

Jeremiah Imprisoned

11 Now it happened when the army of the Chaldeans had lifted the siege from Jerusalem because * of Pharaoh's army,
12 that Jeremiah went out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin in order to 17take possession of some property there * among the people.
13 While he was at the 18Gate of Benjamin, a captain of the guard whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah the son of Hananiah was there; and he 19arrested Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "You are going over to the Chaldeans!"
14 But Jeremiah said, "20A lie! I am not going over to the Chaldeans "; yet he would not listen to him. So Irijah arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.
15 Then the officials were 21angry at Jeremiah and beat him, and they 22put him in jail * in the house of Jonathan the scribe, which they had made into the prison *.
16 For Jeremiah had come into the 23dungeon, that is, the vaulted cell; and Jeremiah stayed there many days.
17 Now King Zedekiah sent and took him out; and in his palace the king 24secretly asked him and said, "Is there a 25word from the LORD?" And Jeremiah said, "There is!" Then he said, "You will be 26given into the hand of the king of Babylon!"
18 Moreover Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "27In what way have I sinned against you, or against your servants, or against this people, that you have put me in prison *?
19 "28Where then are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, 'The 29king of Babylon will not come against you or against this land '?
20 "But now, please listen, O my lord the king; please let my 30petition come before you and do not make me return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, that I may not die there."
21 Then King Zedekiah gave commandment, and they committed Jeremiah to the 31court of the guardhouse and gave him a loaf of 32bread daily from the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was 33gone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guardhouse.
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