The Egyptians having raised the siege of the Chaldeans, King Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to pray for the people.
Jeremiah 37:1 Zedekiah þe sonne of Iosiah which was made kynge thorowe Nabuchodonosor kynge of Babylon, reigned in the lande of Iuda, in the steade of Cononiah the sonne of Iehoakim. Jeremiah 37:2 But nether he, ner hys seruauntes, ner the people in the lande wolde obeye the wordes of the Lorde, which he spake by the Prophet Ieremy. Jeremiah 37:3 Neuerthelesse, Zedekiah the kyng sent Iehucal þe sonne of Selemiah & Sophoniah the sonne of Maasiah the Prest to the Prophet Ieremy, saying: O praye thou vnto the Lorde oure God for vs Jeremiah 37:4 Nowe Ieremy walked fre amonge the people at that tyme, and was not put in preson as yet. Jeremiah 37:5 Pharaos hoste also was come out of Egypte: which when the Caldees that beseged Ierusalem perceaued, they departed from thence.
Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' certain return and victory.
Jeremiah 37:6 Then came the worde of the Lorde vnto Ieremy the Prophet, sayinge: Jeremiah 37:7 Thus sayeth the Lorde God of Israel, thys answere shall ye geue to the kynge of Iuda, that sent you vnto me for councell: Beholde, Pharaos hoste which is come forth to helpe you, shall returne to Egypte into his awne lande: Jeremiah 37:8 but the Caldees shall come agayne, and fyght agaynst thys cytie, wynne it, and sett fyre vpon it. Jeremiah 37:9 For thus sayeth the Lorde, disceaue not youre awne myndes, thynckinge on this maner: tush, the Caldees go now their waye from vs. No, they shall not go theyr waye. Jeremiah 37:10 For though ye had slayne the whole hoste of the Caldees, that besege you, and euery one of the slayne laye in his tente, yet shulde they stande vp, and set fyre vpon thys cyte.
He is taken for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison.
Jeremiah 37:11 Now when the hoste of the Caldees was broken vp from Ierusalem, for feare of the Egypcyans armye, Jeremiah 37:12 Ieremye went out of Ierusalem towarde the lande of BenIamin, to get hym from amonge the people. Jeremiah 37:13 And when he came vnder BenIamyns porte, there was a porter, called Ieriah, the sonne of Selemiah the sonne of Hananiah, which fell vpon him, and toke him sayinge: thy mynde is to runne to the Caldees. Jeremiah 37:14 Then sayde Ieremy: It is not so, I go not to the Caldees. Neuertheles, Ieriah wolde not beleue hym, but brought Ieremy bounde before the Princes. Jeremiah 37:15 Wherfore the princes were angrye with Ieremy, and smote him, and layed hym in preson in the house of Ionathas the scribe. For he was the rular of the preson.
He assureth Zedekiah of the captivity.
Jeremiah 37:16 Thus was Ieremy put into the dongeon and preson, and so laye there a longe tyme. Jeremiah 37:17 Then Zedekiah the kyng sent for him, and called him, and asked hym quyetly in his awne house, sayinge: thynkest thou this busynes (that now is in hande) commeth of the Lorde? Ieremy answered: yee, that it doth: and thou (sayed he) shalt be delyuered into the kynge of Babylons power.
Intreating for his liberty, he obtaineth some favour.
Jeremiah 37:18 Moreouer, Ieremy sayde vnto kynge Zedekiah. What haue I offended agaynst the, against thy seruauntes, or agaynst thys people, that ye haue put me in preson? Jeremiah 37:19 Where are youre prophetes which haue prophecyed vnto you, & sayde, that the kynge of Babylon shulde not come agaynst you & this lande? Jeremiah 37:20 And therfore heare nowe, O my Lorde the kynge: let my prayer be accepte before the, and sende me nomore into the house of Ionathas the Scrybe, that I dye not there. Jeremiah 37:21 Then Zedekias the kynge commaunded to put Ieremy in þe fore entrye of the preson, and dayly to be geuen hym a cake of bread out of the bakers streate vntyll all the bread in the cytie was eaten vp. Thus Ieremy remayned in the fore entry in the preson.