Jeremiah 26 ©

1 Jeremiah exhorting the people with severe threats to repentance 8 is apprehended, and indicted before the princes for so doing: 12 his apology: 16 he is acquitted by the example of Micah and Urijah, and the assistance of Ahikam.


IN athe beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying,


Thus saith the LORD; Stand bin the court of the LORD's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which ccome to worship in the LORD's house, dall the words that I command thee to speak unto them; ediminish not a word:

e De. 4.2.

fIf so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that gI may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

g v.13,19.

And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; hIf ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,


To ihearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;


Then will I make this house jlike Shiloh, and will make this city ka curse to all the nations of the earth.


So lthe priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.


¶Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that mthe priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.


Why nhast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate owithout an inhabitant? pAnd all the people were gathered against Jeremiah qin the house of the LORD.

o ch. 4.7.

¶When rthe princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king's house unto the house of the LORD, and sat down 1in the entry of the snew gate of the LORD's house.


Then tspake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, 2This man is worthy to die; for uhe hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.


¶Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, vThe LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.


Therefore now wamend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.


As for me, behold, xI am in your hand: do with me 3as seemeth good and *meet unto you.


But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, yye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.


zThen said the aprinces and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.


Then rose up certain of bthe elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,


cMicah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; dZion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and ethe mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

c Mi. 1.1.

Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? fdid he not fear the LORD, and besought 4the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.


And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of gKirjath-jearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah:


And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, hthe king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and ifled, and went into Egypt;

i 1Ki. 19.3, not as Mat. 10.23.

And Jehoiakim the king sent jmen into Egypt, namely, kElnathan the son of lAchbor, and certain men with him into Egypt.


And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who mslew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the 5common people.


Nevertheless the hand of nAhikam the son of oShaphan was with Jeremiah, pthat they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.