The Egyptians having raised the siege of the Chaldeans, King Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to pray for the people.
Jeremiah 37:1 And Zedekiah son of Josiah, reigned as king, instead of Coniah son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, made king, in the land of Judah. Jeremiah 37:2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, had hearkened, unto the words of Yahweh, which he had spoken, through Jeremiah the prophet. Jeremiah 37:3 And King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, unto Jeremiah the prophet, saying,Pray thou, I beseech thee, in our behalf, unto Yahweh, our God. Jeremiah 37:4 Now, Jeremiah, was coming in and going out in the midst of the people, for they had not put him into prison. Jeremiah 37:5 And, the force of Pharaoh, had come forth out of Egypt,and, when the Chaldeans who were besieging Jerusalem heard the tidings of them, they went up from Jerusalem.
Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' certain return and victory.
Jeremiah 37:6 Then came the word of Yahweh unto Jeremiah the prophet, saying: Jeremiah 37:7 Thus, saith Yahweh, God of Israel, Thus, shall ye say unto the king of Judah, who sent you unto me to enquire of me,Lo! the force of Pharaoh, which is coming out to you to help, is about to return to its own land, to Egypt; Jeremiah 37:8 Then will the Chaldeans come back, and fight against this city,and capture it, and burn it with fire. Jeremiah 37:9 Thus, saith Yahweh,Let not your own souls deceive you, saying, The Chaldeans will, surely depart, from us! For they will not depart; Jeremiah 37:10 For, though ye had smitten all the force of the Chaldeans who are fighting with you, and there had remained of them only desperately wounded, men, yet, every man in his tent, should have arisen and burnt this city, with fire.
He is taken for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison.
Jeremiah 37:11 Now it came to pass, when the army of the Chaldeans, had gone up, from Jerusalem,because of the force of Pharaoh, Jeremiah 37:12 then went forth Jeremiah out of Jerusalem, to go into the land of Benjamin,to receive a portion from thence in the midst of the people. Jeremiah 37:13 And so it came to pass, he, being in the gate of Benjamin, and there being there, a ward-master whose name was Irijah son of Shelemiah son of Hananiah, that he seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Unto the Chaldeans, art thou, falling away! Jeremiah 37:14 Then said Jeremiah, False! I am not falling away unto the Chaldeans! Howbeit he hearkened not unto him,so Irijah seized Jeremiah, and brought him in unto the princes. Jeremiah 37:15 Then were the princes wroth, against Jeremiah, and smote him,and put him in prison, in the house of Jonathan the scribe, for, that, had they made the prison.
He assureth Zedekiah of the captivity.
Jeremiah 37:16 When Jeremiah had entered into the dungeon-house and into the cells, and Jeremiah, had remained there, many days, Jeremiah 37:17 then sent King Zedekiahand fetched him, and the king, asked him, in his own house, secretly, and said,Is, there a word from Yahweh? And Jeremiah said,There is, for (said he), Into the hand of the king of Babylon, shalt thou be delivered!
Intreating for his liberty, he obtaineth some favour.
Jeremiah 37:18 And Jeremiah said, unto King Zedekiah,What sin have I committed against thee, or, against thy servants, or, against this people, that ye have delivered me, up into prison? Jeremiah 37:19 Where, then are your prophets, who prophesied unto you, saying,The king of Babylon, shall not come, against you, nor against this land? Jeremiah 37:20 Now, therefore, hear, I beseech thee, O my lord the king,Let my supplication, I pray thee, fall prostrate before thee, and do not cause me to return unto the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there! Jeremiah 37:21 Then King Zedekiah gave command and they committed Jeremiah into the guard-court, and [said] that there should be given him a cake of bread daily, out of the bakers' street, until all the bread out of the city, should be spent. So Jeremiah remained, in the guard-court.