The Egyptians having raised the siege of the Chaldeans, King Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to pray for the people.
Jeremiah 37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon having made him king in the land of Judah. Jeremiah 37:2 And neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, hearkened unto the words of Jehovah, which he had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah 37:3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto Jehovah our God for us. Jeremiah 37:4 And Jeremiah came in and went out among the people; for they had not put him into prison. Jeremiah 37:5 And Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt; and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they went up from Jerusalem.
Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' certain return and victory.
Jeremiah 37:6 And the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Jeremiah 37:7 Thus saith Jehovah the God of Israel: Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to inquire of me: Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. Jeremiah 37:8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire. Jeremiah 37:9 Thus saith Jehovah: Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans are certainly gone away from us; for they are not gone. Jeremiah 37:10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained [but] wounded men among them, [yet] should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.
He is taken for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison.
Jeremiah 37:11 And it came to pass when the army of the Chaldeans was gone up from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's army, Jeremiah 37:12 that Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to have his portion there among the people. Jeremiah 37:13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the guard was there whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he laid hold on the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Thou art deserting to the Chaldeans. Jeremiah 37:14 And Jeremiah said, It is false: I am not deserting to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him; and Irijah laid hold on Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. Jeremiah 37:15 And the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in the place of confinement in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.
He assureth Zedekiah of the captivity.
Jeremiah 37:16 When Jeremiah was come into the dungeon and into the vaults, and Jeremiah had remained there many days, Jeremiah 37:17 king Zedekiah sent and took him out. And the king asked of him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from Jehovah? And Jeremiah said, There is; and he said, Thou shalt be given into the hand of the king of Babylon.
Intreating for his liberty, he obtaineth some favour.
Jeremiah 37:18 And Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in the prison? Jeremiah 37:19 And where are your prophets that prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land? Jeremiah 37:20 And now hear, I pray thee, my lord, O king: let my supplication, I pray thee, come before thee; and cause me not to return into the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. Jeremiah 37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah into the court of the guard, and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was spent. And Jeremiah abode in the court of the guard.