|Jeremiah 26 |
1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying,
2 "Thus says the Lord; Stand in the court of the LORD's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD's house, all the words that I command you to speak to them; diminish not a word.
3 So that they might listen to and heed me so that every man turns from his evil way, and I would change my mind of the destruction that I intend to do to them because of the evil of their doings.
4 And you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord; If you will not heed me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you;
5 If you will not listen to and obey the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you urgently and continually, though you have not listened;
6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh,1 and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.'"
7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
8 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, "You shall surely die.
9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant?'" And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD, and sat down in the entry of the new gate of the LORD's house.
11 Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes and to all the people, saying, "This man is worthy to die for he has prophesied against this city as you have heard with your ears."2
12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and to all the people, saying, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city with all the words that you have heard.
13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the destruction that he has pronounced against you.
14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand; do with me as seems good and fit to you.
15 But know for certain, that if you put me to death, you shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, upon this city, and upon the inhabitants of it, for it is true the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears."
16 Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets; "This man is not worthy to die because he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
17 Then certain of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,
18 "Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? Did he not fear the LORD, and seek the LORD? And the LORD repented him of the destruction that he had pronounced against them? Therefore [by killing Jeremiah] we might bring great evil against our souls."
20 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah.
21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death; but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;
22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and other men with him into Egypt.
23 And they brought Urijah out of Egypt, and took him to Jehoiakim the king who slew him with the sword and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people.
24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.
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1 The Amplified Bible explains: Shiloh was the home of the Tent of Meeting, abandoned and later destroyed after the ark was captured by the Philistines.
2 Notice how godly Jeremiah's opponents are by invoking the law of Moses calling for the death of false prophets. This people thought they were pleasing to God. They had been totally fooled; so much so, that they were willing to execute one of the greatest prophets of all time. And yet, this occurred time and time again, that the people of Jerusalem killed the true prophets of God, critical of their ways; the people were so sure of their righteousness that they killed the only righteous one in their midst. Just as they later killed Jesus; just as the Roman Catholics executed 9,000,000 people in the middle ages; just as the Protestant Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Congregationalist Puritans killed the early Quakers because those born of the flesh will always persecute those born of the spirit.
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