Zedekiah's Vain Hope1 And [4reigned 1Zedekiah 2son 3of Josiah] instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom [4gave reign 1Nebuchadnezzar 2king 3of Babylon] to reign in the land of Judah. 2 And [2hearkened not 1he], and his servants, and the people of the land, of the words of the lord which he spoke by the hand of Jeremiah. 3 And [3sent 1king 2Zedekiah] Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest to Jeremiah, saying, Pray concerning us to the lord our God! 4 And Jeremiah came and went through the middle of the city, and they did not put him into prison. 5 And the force of Pharaoh came forth from out of Egypt. And [3heard 1the 2Chaldeans] the report of them, and they ascended unto Jerusalem. 6 And came to pass the word of the lord to Jeremiah, saying, 7 Thus said the lord, the God of Israel; Thus shall you say to the king of Judah, the one sending to you to inquire of me; Behold, the force of Pharaoh coming forth to you for help, they shall return into the land of Egypt. 8 and [4shall return 3themselves 1the 2Chaldeans], and they shall wage war against this city, and shall seize it, and shall burn it with fire. 9 For thus said the lord, You should not undertake the thought in your souls, saying, [6running 3shall depart 4from 5us 1The 2Chaldeans]. For in no way shall they depart. 10 And if you should strike all the force of the Chaldeans, the ones waging war against you, and there should be left behind a certain amount having been stabbed, each in his place, these shall rise up and shall burn this city by fire.
Jeremiah is Imprisoned11 And it came to pass when [5ascended 1the 2force 3of the 4Chaldeans] from Jerusalem from in front of the force of Pharaoh, 12 Jeremiah came forth from Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin to buy from there land in the midst of the people. 13 And he was himself in the gate of Benjamin. And there was there a man by whom he rested up, Irijah, son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah. And he seized Jeremiah, saying, [3to 4the 5Chaldeans 1You are 2fleeing]. 14 And he said, It is a lie, [2am not 4unto 5the 6Chaldeans 1I 3fleeing]. But he did not listen to him. And Irijah seized Jeremiah, and brought him to the rulers. 15 And [3were embittered 1the 2rulers] over Jeremiah, and they struck him, and they sent him into the house of the prison of Jonathan the scribe. For this they made into a house of a prison. 16 And Jeremiah came into the house of the pit, and into the confinement, and he stayed there [2days 1many]. 17 And Zedekiah sent and called him. And [3asked 4him 1the 2king] secretly, and said to him, Is there a word from the lord? And he said, It is into the hands of the king of Babylon you shall be delivered up. 18 And Jeremiah said to the king, How did I wrong you, and your servants, and this people, that you put me into [2house 1a prison]? 19 And where are your prophets, the ones prophesying to you, saying that, In no way shall [3come 1the king 2of Babylon] unto this land? 20 And now hear indeed O lord, O king! Let [2fall 1mercy] for me in front of you! And in no way should you return me unto the house of Jonathan the scribe, and in no way should I die there. 21 And [3ordered 1the 2king], and they put him in the house of the guard, and they gave to him [2bread loaf 1one] a day from outside of which they baked, until [3failed 1the 2bread loaves] from the city. And Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard.
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