Jeremiah, by promises and threatenings, exhorteth to repentance.
Jeremiah 26:1 In the beginning of the reigne of Iehoiakim the sonne of Iosiah king of Iudah, came this word from the LORD, saying; Jeremiah 26:2 Thus saith the LORD, Stand in the Court of the LORDS house, and speake vnto all the cities of Iudah, which come to worship in the LORDS house, all the wordes that I command thee to speake vnto them: diminish not a word; Jeremiah 26:3 If so bee they will hearken, and turne euery man from his euill way, that I may repent me of the euil which I purpose to doe vnto them, because of the euil of their doings. Jeremiah 26:4 And thou shalt say vnto them, Thus saith the LORD; If yee will not hearken to mee to walke in my Law, which I haue set before you, Jeremiah 26:5 To hearken to the wordes of my seruants the Prophets, whom I sent vnto you, both rising vp early and sending them, (but ye haue not hearkned:) Jeremiah 26:6 Then wil I make this house like Shiloh, and wil make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth. Jeremiah 26:7 So the priests and the prophets, and all the people heard Ieremiah speaking these wordes in the house of the LORD.
He is therefore apprehended,
Jeremiah 26:8 Now it came to passe when Ieremiah had made an ende of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speake vnto all the people, that the priests and the prophets, and all the people tooke him, saying; Thou shalt surely die. Jeremiah 26:9 Why hast thou prophecied in the Name of the LORD, saying, This house shalbe like Shiloh, and this city shalbe desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Ieremiah in the house of the LORD.
Jeremiah 26:10 When the Princes of Iudah heard these things, then they came vp from the kings house vnto the house of the LORD, and sate downe in the entrie of the new gate of the LORDS [house]. Jeremiah 26:11 Then spake the priests and the prophets vnto the Princes, and to all the people, saying; This man [is] worthy to die, for he hath prophecied against this citie, as yee haue heard with your eares.
Jeremiah 26:12 Then spake Ieremiah vnto all the Princes, and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophecie against this house, and against this citie, all the wordes that yee haue heard. Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore nowe amend your wayes, and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will repent him of the euill that he hath pronounced against you. Jeremiah 26:14 As for mee, behold, I [am] in your hand: doe with mee as seemeth good and meet vnto you. Jeremiah 26:15 But know ye for certaine, That if ye put mee to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood vpon your selues, and vpon this citie, and vpon the inhabitants thereof: for of a trueth the LORD hath sent mee vnto you, to speake all these words in your eares.
He is quit in judgment, by the example of Micah,
Jeremiah 26:16 Then said the Princes, and all the people, vnto the priests, and to the prophets; This man [is] not worthy to die: for hee hath spoken to vs in the Name of the LORD our God. Jeremiah 26:17 Then rose vp certaine of the Elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying; Jeremiah 26:18 Micah the Morashite prophecied in the dayes of Hezekiah king of Iudah, and spake to all the people of Iudah, saying; Thus saith the LORD of hostes, Zion shall be plowed [like] a field, and Ierusalem shall become heapes, and the mountaine of the house, the hie places of a forrest. Jeremiah 26:19 Did Hezekiah King of Iudah and all Iudah put him at all to death? did hee not feare the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD repented him of the euill which he had pronounced against them? thus might wee procure great euill against our soules.
and of Urijah,
Jeremiah 26:20 And there was also a man that prophecied in the Name of the LORD, Urijah the sonne of Shemaiah of Kiriath-iearim, who prophecied against this citie and against this land, according to all the words of Ieremiah. Jeremiah 26:21 And when Iehoiakim the king with all his mightie men, and all the princes heard his wordes, the king sought to put him to death; but when Urijah heard [it], he was afraid and fled, and went into Egypt. Jeremiah 26:22 And Iehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, [namely] Elnathan the sonne of Achbor, and [certeine] men with him, into Egypt. Jeremiah 26:23 And they fet foorth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him vnto Iehoiakim the king, who slewe him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graues of the common people.
and by the care of Ahikam.
Jeremiah 26:24 Neuerthelesse, the hand of Ahikam, the sonne of Shaphan, was with Ieremiah, that they should not giue him into the hand of the people, to put him to death.