The Egyptians having raised the siege of the Chaldeans, King Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to pray for the people.
Jeremiah 37:1 Zedekiah the sonne of Iosiah, whiche was made kyng thorow Nabuchodonozor kinge of Babylon, reygned in the lande of Iuda in the head of Cononiah the sonne of Iehoakim. Jeremiah 37:2 But neyther he, nor hys seruauntes, nor the people in the lande woulde obeye the wordes of the Lord, which he spake by the Prophet Ieremye. Jeremiah 37:3 Neuerthelesse Zedekiah the Kynge sent Iehucal the sonne of Selemiah and Sophoniah the sonne of Maasiah the pryeste to the Prophet Ieremy, sayinge: O praye thou vnto the lord oure God for vs. Jeremiah 37:4 Now Ieremy walked fre among 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 perceyued, 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 kinge of Iuda, that sent you vnto me for councell: Beholde, Pharaos host whyche is come forthe to helpe you, shall returne to Egypte into hys owne lande: Jeremiah 37:8 but the Caldees shall come agayne, and fyght agaynst this cytye, wynne it, and set fyre vpon it. Jeremiah 37:9 For thus sayeth the Lord dysceyue not your owne myndes, thinckinge on thys maner: tush, the Caldees go now their waye from vs: No, they shall not go their 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 should they stande vp, and set fyre vpon this cytie.
He is taken for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison.
Jeremiah 37:11 Nowe when the Hoste of the Caldees was broken vp from Ierusalem, for feare of the Egypcians armye, Jeremiah 37:12 Ieremy went out of Ierusalem, towarde the lande of BenIamin to do certayne busines there amonge the people. Jeremiah 37:13 And when he came vnder BenIamins porte, there was a porter, called Ieriah, the sonne of Selemiah the sonne of Hananiah, whiche fell vpon him, and toke hym sayinge: thy mynde is to runne to the Caldees. Jeremiah 37:14 Then sayde Ieremy: It is not so, I go not to þe Caldees. Neuertheles Ieriah woulde not beleue him, but brought Ieremy bounde before the Prynces. Jeremiah 37:15 Wherfore the Prynces were angrye wyth Ieremye, causinge him to beaten, and to be layed in preson in the house of Ionathas the scribe. For he was þe ruler of the prison.
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 kinge sent for him, and called him, and asked hym quyetly in hys owne house, sayinge: thynkest thou this busynes (that now is in hande) commeth of the Lorde? Ieremye answered: yea that it doth: and thou (said he) shalt be delyuered in to the kinge 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, agaynste thy seruauntes, or agaynst this people, þt ye haue caused me to be put in preson? Jeremiah 37:19 Where are youre prophetes whych haue prophecied vnto you, and sayd, that the kinge of Babilon should not come against you & this lande? Jeremiah 37:20 And therfore heare now, O my Lord the Kinge: let my prayer be accepte before the and sende me no more into the house of Ionathas the Scrybe, that I dye not there. Jeremiah 37:21 Then Zedekiah the kinge commaunded to put Ieremye in the fore entrye of the preson, and dayly to be geuen him a cake of breade, & els no dighte meate, vntil al the breade in the cytie was eaten vp. Thus Ieremy remaineth in the fore entre of the preson.