Jeremiah 28

Hananiah’s False Prophecy

1Now in the same year a  in the beginning of the reign of b  Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month c  Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet, who was from d  Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the  Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, 2 e  Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3Within two years I am going to bring back to this place f  all the vessels of the  Lord’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. 4‘I am g  also going to bring back to this place h  Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the i  exiles of Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the  Lord, ‘for I will break the j  yoke of the king of Babylon.’”

5Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and in the presence of all the people who were standing in the k  house of the  Lord, 6and the prophet Jeremiah said l  Amen! May the  Lord do so; may the  Lord
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confirm your words which you have prophesied to bring back the vessels of the  Lord’s house and all the exiles, from Babylon to this place.
7Yet n  hear now this word which I am about to speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people! 8The prophets who were before me and before you from ancient times o  prophesied against many lands and against great kingdoms, of war and of calamity and of pestilence. 9The prophet who prophesies of peace, p  when the word of the prophet comes to pass, then that prophet will be known as one whom the  Lord has truly sent.”

10Then Hananiah the prophet took the q  yoke from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke it. 11Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying r  Thus says the  Lord, ‘Even so will I break within two full years the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations.’” Then the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

12The s  word of the  Lord came to Jeremiah after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 13Go and speak to Hananiah, saying, ‘Thus says the  Lord, “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made instead of them t  yokes of iron.” 14For thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “I have put a u  yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they will v  serve him. And w  I have also given him the beasts of the field.”’” 15Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen now, Hananiah, the  Lord has not sent you, and x  you have made this people trust in a lie. 16Therefore thus says the  Lord, ‘ y  Behold, I am about to
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remove you from the face of the earth. This year you are going to aa  die, because you have
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ac  counseled rebellion against the  Lord.’”

17So Hananiah the prophet died in the same year in the seventh month.
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