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Jeremiah 37 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jeremiah in Prison

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:1 - Zedekiah son of Josiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he reigned in place of Jehoiachin[fn] son of Jehoiakim.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:2 - Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:3 - King Zedekiah, however, sent Jehukal son of Shelemiah with the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: “Please pray to the LORD our God for us.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:4 - Now Jeremiah was free to come and go among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:5 - Pharaoh’s army had marched out of Egypt, and when the Babylonians[fn] who were besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they withdrew from Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:6 - Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet:

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:7 - “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of me, ‘Pharaoh’s army, which has marched out to support you, will go back to its own land, to Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:8 - Then the Babylonians will return and attack this city; they will capture it and burn it down.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:9 - “This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:10 - Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian[fn] army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:11 - After the Babylonian army had withdrawn from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh’s army,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:12 - Jeremiah started to leave the city to go to the territory of Benjamin to get his share of the property among the people there.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:13 - But when he reached the Benjamin Gate, the captain of the guard, whose name was Irijah son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah, arrested him and said, “You are deserting to the Babylonians!”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:14 - “That’s not true!” Jeremiah said. “I am not deserting to the Babylonians.” But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:15 - They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:16 - Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:17 - Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the LORD?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:18 - Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, “What crime have I committed against you or your attendants or this people, that you have put me in prison?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:19 - Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, ‘The king of Babylon will not attack you or this land’?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:20 - But now, my lord the king, please listen. Let me bring my petition before you: Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, or I will die there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 37:21 - King Zedekiah then gave orders for Jeremiah to be placed in the courtyard of the guard and given a loaf of bread from the street of the bakers each day until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew Koniah, a variant of Jehoiachin
Or Chaldeans; also in verses 8, 9, 13 and 14
Or Chaldean; also in verse 11
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