Jeremiah Speaks in the Courtyard1 In the beginning of the reign of king Jehoiakim son of Josiah came this word from the lord. 2 Thus said the lord, Stand in the courtyard of the house of the lord! and you shall execute an order to all Judah, to the ones coming to do obeisance in the house of the lord, all the words which I ordered to you to execute to them; you should not remove a thing. 3 Perhaps they shall hear, and shall be turned each from [3way 1his 2evil], and I will cease from the bad things which I devise to do to them because of [2evil 3practices 1their]. 4 And you shall say, Thus said the lord, If you should not hearken to me to go by my laws which I put before your face, 5 to listen to the words of my servants the prophets whom I sent to you at dawn, (for I sent, and you hearkened not to me;) 6 then I will appoint this house as Shiloh, and this city I will appoint for a curse to all the nations of the earth. 7 And they heard (the priests, and the false prophets, and all the people) Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the lord.
Jeremiah Seized8 And it came to pass of Jeremiah ceasing speaking all which the lord ordered to him to say to all the people, that they seized him -- the priests, and the false prophets, and all the people, saying, To death he shall die, 9 for you prophesied in the name of the lord, saying, [3as 4Shiloh 2will be 1This house], and this city shall be made desolate of ones dwelling it. And [4held an assembly 1all 2the 3people] against Jeremiah in the house of the lord. 10 And [4heard 1the 2rulers 3of Judah] these words, and they ascended from the house of the king unto the house of the lord; and they sat in the thresholds [3gate 4of the lord 1of the 2new]. 11 And [6said 1the 2priests 3and 4the 5false prophets] to the rulers, and to all the people, The judgment of death belongs to this man, for he prophesied against this city, as you heard with your ears. 12 And Jeremiah said to all the rulers, and to all the people, saying, The lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words which you heard. 13 And now, [3better 1you make 2your ways], and your works, and hearken to the voice of the lord your God! and the lord will cease from the evils which he spoke against you. 14 And behold, I am in your hands; do to me as is advantageous to you, and as best for you! 15 But only in knowing know! that if you do away with me, [4blood 3innocent 1you 2have imputed] against you, and against this city, and against the ones dwelling in it. For in truth [2has sent 3me 1the lord] to you to speak into your ears all these words. 16 And [7said 1the 2rulers 3and 4all 5the 6people] to the priests and to the false prophets; There is not due to this man a judgment of death, for upon the name of the lord our God he spoke to us. 17 And there rose up men of the elders of the land, and they said to all the gathering of people, saying, 18 Micah the Morasthite was a prophet in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus said the lord of the forces; Zion [2as 3a field 1shall be plowed], and Jerusalem [2for 3a storehouse of fruits 1will be], and the mountain of the house shall be turned into a sacred grove. 19 Did, by doing away, [7do away with 8him 1Hezekiah 2king 3of Judah 4and 5all 6Judah]? Was it not they feared the lord, and they beseeched in front of the lord, and the lord ceased from the evils which he spoke against them? And we did [2evils 1great] against our souls. 20 And there was another man prophesying in the name of the lord, Urijah son of Shemaiah from Kirjath-jearim; and he prophesied concerning this city, and concerning this land according to all the words of Jeremiah. 21 And [7heard 1king 2Jehoiakim 3and 4all 5the 6rulers] all his words, and sought to kill him. And Urijah heard and feared and fled and entered into Egypt. 22 And [3sent 1the 2king] men into Egypt, Elnathan son of Achbor, and men with him into Egypt. 23 And they led him from there, and brought him to the king; and he struck him by the sword, and tossed him into the tomb of the sons of his people. 24 Only the hand of Ahikam son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, so as to not deliver him into the hands of the people so as to not do away with him.
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