Hananiah prophesieth falsely the return of the vessels, and of Jeconiah.
Jeremiah 28:1 And it came to pass in that year, in the beginning of the reign of Sedecias king of Juda, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, that Hananias the son of Azur, a prophet of Gabaon spoke to me, in the house of the Lord before the priests, and all the people, saying: Jeremiah 28:2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Jeremiah 28:3 As yet two years of days, and I will cause all the vessels of the house of the Lord to be brought back into this place, which Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon. Jeremiah 28:4 And I will bring back to this place Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Juda, and all the captives of Juda, that are gone to Babylon, saith the Lord: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Jeremiah, wishing it to be true, sheweth that the event will declare who are the true prophets.
Jeremiah 28:5 And Jeremias the prophet said to Hananias the prophet in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the Lord: Jeremiah 28:6 And Jeremias the prophet said: Amen, the Lord do so: the Lord perform thy words, which thou hast prophesied: that the vessels may be brought again into the house of the Lord, and all the captives may return out of Babylon to this place. Jeremiah 28:7 Nevertheless hear this word that I speak in thy ears, and in the ears of all the people: Jeremiah 28:8 The prophets that have been before me, and before thee from the beginning, and have prophesied concerning many countries, and concerning great kingdoms, of war, and of affliction, and of famine. Jeremiah 28:9 The prophet that prophesied peace: when his word shall come to pass, the prophet shall be known, whom the hath sent in truth.
Hananiah breaketh Jeremiah's yoke.
Jeremiah 28:10 And Hananias the prophet took the chain from the neck of Jeremias the prophet, and broke it. Jeremiah 28:11 And Hananias spoke in the presence of all the people, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Even so will I break the yoke of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon after two full years from off the neck of all the nations.
Jeremiah telleth of an iron yoke,
Jeremiah 28:12 And Jeremias the prophet went his way. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, after that Hananias the prophet had broken the chain from off the neck of Jeremias the prophet, saying: Jeremiah 28:13 Go, and tell Hananias: Thus saith the Lord: Thou hast broken chains of wood, and thou shalt make for them chains of iron. Jeremiah 28:14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, to serve Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and they shall serve him: moreover also I have given him the beasts of the earth.
and foretelleth Hananiah's death.
Jeremiah 28:15 And Jeremias the prophet said to Hananias the prophet: Hear now, Hananias: the Lord hath not sent thee, and thou hast made this people to trust in a lie. Jeremiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold I will send thee away from off the face of the earth: this year shalt thou die: for thou hast spoken against the Lord. Jeremiah 28:17 And Hananias the prophet died in that year, in the seventh month.