The Egyptians having raised the siege of the Chaldeans, King Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to pray for the people.
Jeremiah 37:1 And reign doth king Zedekiah son of Josiah instead of Coniah son of Jehoiakim whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had caused to reign in the land of Judah, Jeremiah 37:2 and he hath not hearkened, he, and his servants, and the people of the land, unto the words of Jehovah, that He spake by the hand of Jeremiah the prophet. Jeremiah 37:3 And Zedekiah the king sendeth Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, unto Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 'Pray, we beseech thee, for us unto Jehovah our God.' Jeremiah 37:4 And Jeremiah is coming in and going out in the midst of the people, (and they have not put him in the prison-house), Jeremiah 37:5 and the force of Pharaoh hath come out of Egypt, and the Chaldeans, who are laying siege against Jerusalem, hear their report, and go up from off Jerusalem.
Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' certain return and victory.
Jeremiah 37:6 And there is a word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah the prophet, saying: Jeremiah 37:7 'Thus said Jehovah, God of Israel, Thus do ye say unto the king of Judah, who is sending you unto Me, to seek Me: Lo, the force of Pharaoh that is coming out to you for help hath turned back to its land, to Egypt, Jeremiah 37:8 and the Chaldeans have turned back, and fought against this city, and captured it, and burnt it with fire. Jeremiah 37:9 'Thus said Jehovah: Lift not up your souls saying, The Chaldeans surely go from off us, for they do not go; Jeremiah 37:10 for though ye had smitten all the force of the Chaldeans who are fighting with you, and there were left of them wounded meneach in his tentthey rise, and have burnt this city with fire.'
He is taken for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison.
Jeremiah 37:11 And it hath come to pass, in the going up of the force of the Chaldeans from off Jerusalem, because of the force of Pharaoh, Jeremiah 37:12 that Jeremiah goeth out from Jerusalem to go [to] the land of Benjamin, to receive a portion thence in the midst of the people. Jeremiah 37:13 And it cometh to pass, he is at the gate of Benjamin, and there [is] a master of the wardand his name is Irijah son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiahand he catcheth Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 'Unto the Chaldeans thou art falling.' Jeremiah 37:14 And Jeremiah saith, 'FalsehoodI am not falling unto the Chaldeans;' and he hath not hearkened unto him, and Irijah layeth hold on Jeremiah, and bringeth him in unto the heads, Jeremiah 37:15 and the heads are wroth against Jeremiah, and have smitten him, and put him in the prison-housethe house of Jonathan the scribe, for it they had made for a prison-house.
He assureth Zedekiah of the captivity.
Jeremiah 37:16 When Jeremiah hath entered into the house of the dungeon, and unto the cells, then Jeremiah dwelleth there many days, Jeremiah 37:17 and the king Zedekiah sendeth, and taketh him, and the king asketh him in his house in secret, and saith, 'Is there a word from Jehovah?' And Jeremiah saith, 'There is,' and he saith, 'Into the hand of the king of Babylon thou art given.'
Intreating for his liberty, he obtaineth some favour.
Jeremiah 37:18 And Jeremiah saith unto the king Zedekiah, 'What have I sinned against thee, and against thy servants, and against this people, that ye have given me unto a prison-house? Jeremiah 37:19 And where [are] your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, The king of Babylon doth not come in against you, and against this land? Jeremiah 37:20 And now, hearken, I pray thee, my lord, O king, let my supplication fall, I pray thee, before thee, and cause me not to return [to] the house of Jonathan the scribe, that I die not there.' Jeremiah 37:21 And the king Zedekiah commandeth, and they commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, also to give to him a cake of bread daily from the bakers' street, till the consumption of all the bread of the city, and Jeremiah dwelleth in the court of the prison.