Jeremiah 26



1 In the beginning of the kingdom of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah was this word from Jehovah, saying,

2 Thus says Jehovah: Stand in the court of the house of Jehovah, and speak against all the cities of Judah, coming to worship in the house of Jehovah, all the words that I command thee to speak against them; diminish not a word.

3 Perhaps they will hearken, and turn·​·back each·​·man from his evil way, and I may repent of the evil, which I am reckoning to do to them on·​·account·​·of the evil of their actions.

4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus says Jehovah: If you will not hearken to Me, to walk in My law, which I have given before you,

5 to hearken to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both getting·​·up·​·early, and sending them, but you have not hearkened,

6 and I will put this house as Shiloh, and will put this city for a reviling to all the nations of the earth.

7 And the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of Jehovah.

8 And it was, when Jeremiah had completed speaking all that Jehovah had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people caught·​·hold of him, saying, Dying thou shalt die.

9 Wherefore hast thou prophesied in the name of Jehovah, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be wasted with none dwelling in it? And all the people were assembled against Jeremiah in the house of Jehovah.

10 And the princes of Judah heard these words, and they went·​·up from the house of the king to the house of Jehovah, and sat in the entrance of the new gate of Jehovah’s house.

11 And the priests and the prophets said to the princes and to all the people, saying, The judgment of death is for this man; for he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.

12 And Jeremiah said to all the princes and to all the people, saying, Jehovah sent me to prophesy to this house and to this city all the words that you have heard.

13 And now make· your ways and your actions ·better, and hearken to the voice of Jehovah your God; and Jehovah will repent of the evil that He has spoken against you.

14 And I, behold, I am in your hand; do to me as is good and upright in your eyes.

15 Surely knowing you shall know, that if you put· me ·to·​·death, then you shall be putting innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city, and on those that dwell·​·in her; for in truth Jehovah has sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.

16 And the princes and all the people said unto the priests and to the prophets: This man is not worthy to die; for he has spoken to us in the name of Jehovah our God.

17 And men from the elders of the land rose·​·up, and said to all the assembly of the people, saying,

18 Micaiah* the Morasthite was prophesying in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and said to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus says Jehovah of Armies: Zion shall be plowed as 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 putting·​·to·​·death put· him ·to·​·death? Did he not fear Jehovah, and implore the face of Jehovah, and Jehovah repented of the evil which He had spoken against them? And we might do great evil against our souls.

20 And there was also a man who prophesied in the name of Jehovah, Uriah the son of Shemaiah of Kiriath-jearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according·​·to all the words of Jeremiah.

21 And Jehoiakim the king, and all his mighty·​·men, and all the princes, heard his words, and the king sought to·​·put· him ·to·​·death; but Uriah heard it, and he feared and ran·​·away, and went·​·into Egypt.

22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt.

23 And they brought· Uriah ·out from Egypt, and brought him to Jehoiakim the king; and he smote him with the sword, and cast his carcass into the graves of the sons of the people.

24 Surely 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.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.