Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Jeremiah Saved from Death
Jeremiah 26:1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim (606/609 BC – 598 BC) the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord, saying,
Jeremiah 26:2 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word.
Jeremiah 26:3 Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.’
Jeremiah 26:4 And you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: “If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you,
Jeremiah 26:5 to heed the words of My servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded),
Jeremiah 26:6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.” ’ ”
- Gills commentary: Then will I make this house like Shiloh,…. Where the ark was until it was taken by the Philistines; and then the Lord forsook His tabernacle there, Psalm 78:60; and so He threatens to do the like to the temple at Jerusalem, should they continue in their disobedience to him; See Gill on Jeremiah 7:12 and See Gill on Jeremiah 7:14;
Jeremiah 26:7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord.
Jeremiah 26:8 Now it happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You will surely die!
Jeremiah 26:9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant’?” And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.
Jeremiah 26:10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the house of the Lord and sat down in the entry of the New Gate of the Lord’s house.
Jeremiah 26:11 And the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes and all the people, saying, “This man deserves to die! (Lit. A judgment of death to this man) For he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.”
- The priests and prophets condemned Jeremiah but the princes defended him.
Jeremiah 26:12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and all the people, saying: “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city with all the words that you have heard.
Jeremiah 26:13 Now therefore, amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will relent concerning the doom that He has pronounced against you.
Jeremiah 26:14 As for me, here I am, in your hand; do with me as seems good and proper (right) to you.
- Jeremiah knew the danger, especially after the death of Urijah who also prophesied against Jerusalem and whom Jehoiakim killed.
Jeremiah 26:15 But know for certain that if you put me to death, you will surely bring innocent blood on yourselves, on this city, and on its inhabitants; for truly the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”
Jeremiah 26:16 So the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve to die. For he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”
Jeremiah 26:17 Then certain of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying:
Jeremiah 26:18 “Micah of Moresheth (the author of the Book of Micah) prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah,
- Micah was from Moresheth-Gath
saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Zion shall be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
And the mountain of the temple (Lit. house)
Like the bare hills (Lit. high places) of the forest.” ’
- Micah 3:12 Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest.