Jeremiah 37 ©
The Egyptians having caused the Chaldeans to raise the siege of Jerusalem, Zedekiah sendeth to desire Jeremiah's prayers. Jeremiah prophesieth the certain return and victory of the Chaldeans: he is taken up for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison: he assureth Zedekiah of the captivity, and entreating for his liberty obtaineth some indulgence.
And dZedekiah the king sent eJehucal the son of Shelemiah and fZephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, gPray now unto the LORD our God for us.
¶Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, lthat sent you unto me to enquire of me; mBehold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.
¶And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was 4broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
And when he was rin the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the *ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, sThou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
Then said Jeremiah, It is 6false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to tthe princes.
¶When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the 7cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him wsecretly in his house, and said, xIs there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, ythou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into ethe court of the prison, and that they fshould give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, guntil all the bread in the city were spent. hThus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.