The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 26:1–24

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In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, came this word from YHWH, saying

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'Thus saith YHWH: Stand in the court of the YHWH'S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.

Jer33:2  Thus said the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and thou shalt declare to all the Jews, and to all that come to worship in the house of the Lord, all the words which I commanded thee to speak to them; abate not one word.

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It may be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way; that I may repent Me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

Jer33:3  Peradventure they will hear, and turn every one from his evil way: then I will cease from the evils which I purpose to do to them, because of their evil practices.

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And thou shalt say unto them: Thus saith YHWH: If ye will not hearken to Me, to walk in My law, which I have set before you,

And you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord: If you will not listen to me, so that you walk in my law, which I have given to you,

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to hearken to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I send unto you, even sending them betimes and often, but ye have not hearkened;

so that you listen to the words of my servants, the prophets, whom I have sent to you, who arise while it is still night, and though they give guidance, you do not listen,

And to hearken to the words of my servants the prophets whom I have sent to you, warning you in advance, but you have not hearkened;

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then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.'

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So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of YHWH.

Jer33:7  And the priests, and the false prophets, and all the people heard Jeremias speaking these words in the house of the Lord.

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Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that YHWH had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying: 'Thou shalt surely die.

Jer33:8  And it came to pass, when Jeremias had ceased speaking all that the Lord had ordered him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the false prophets and all the people took him, saying,

And when Jeremiah had completed speaking all that the Lord had instructed him to speak to all the people, then the priests, and the prophets, and all the people apprehended him, saying: “You shall be put to death.”

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Why hast thou prophesied in the name of YHWH, saying: This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant?' And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the YHWH.

Jer33:9  Thou shalt surely die, because thou hast prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be as Selo, and this city shall be made quite destitute of inhabitants. And all the people assembled against Jeremias in the house of the Lord.

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10  When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house unto the house of YHWH; and they sat in the entry of the new gate of the YHWH'S house.

Jer33:10  And the princes of Juda heard this word, and they went up out of the house of the king to the house of the Lord, and sat in the entrance of the new gate.

10  And the leaders of Judah heard these words. And they ascended from the house of the king to the house of the Lord, and they sat at the entrance by the new gate of the house of the Lord.

11  Then spoke the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying: 'This man is worthy of death; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.'

Jer33:11  Then the priests and the false prophets said to the princes and to all the people, The judgement of death is due to this man; because he has prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.

11  And the priests and the prophets spoke to the leaders and to all the people, saying: “A judgment of death is for this man. For he has prophesied against this city, just as you have heard with your own ears.”

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12  Then spoke Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying: 'YHWH sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.

12  And Jeremiah spoke to all the leaders and to the entire people, saying: “The Lord has sent me to prophesy, about this house and about this city, all the words that you have heard.

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13  Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and hearken to the voice of YHWH your God; and the YHWH will repent Him of the evil that He hath pronounced against you.

Jer33:13  And now amend your ways and your works, and hearken to the voice of the Lord; and the Lord shall cease from the evils which he has pronounced against you.

13  Now, therefore, make your ways and your intentions good, and heed the voice of the Lord your God. And then the Lord will repent of the evil that he has spoken against you.

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14  But as for me, behold, I am in your hand; do with me as is good and right in your eyes.

Jer33:14  And behold, I am in your hands; do to me as is expedient, and as it is best for you.

14  As for me, behold, I am in your hands; do with me as it seems right and proper to you.

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15  Only know ye for certain that, if ye put me to death, ye will bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof; for of a truth YHWH hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.'

15  Yet truly, know and understand this: if you kill me, you will be bringing innocent blood against yourselves, and against this city and its inhabitants. For in truth, the Lord sent me to you, so as to speak all these words in your hearing.”

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16  Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets: 'This man is not worthy of death; for he hath spoken to us in the name of YHWH our God.'

Jer33:16  Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and to the false prophets; Judgment of death is not due to this man; for he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.

16  And then the leaders and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets: “There is no judgment of death against this man. For he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

17  Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying

Jer33:17  And there rose up men of the elders of the land, and said to all the assembly of the people,

17  Then some of the elders of the land rose up. And they spoke to the entire assembly of the people, saying

18  'Micah the Morashtite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah; and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying: Thus saith YHWH of hosts: Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

Jer33:18  Michaeas the Morathite lived in the days of Ezekias king of Juda, and said to all the people of Juda, Thus saith the Lord; Sion shall be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become a desolation, and the mountain of the house shall be a thicket of trees.

18  “Micah from Moresheth was a prophet in the days of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying: ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: Zion will be ploughed like a field. And Jerusalem will be a pile of stones. And the mountain of the house will be like the forests of high places.’

19  Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear YHWH, and entreat the favour of the YHWH, and the LORD repented Him of the evil which He had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our own souls.'

Jer33:19  Did Ezekias and all Juda in any way slay him? Was it not that they feared the Lord, and they made supplication before the Lord, and the Lord ceased from the evils which he had pronounced against them? whereas we have wrought great evil against our own souls.

19  Did the king of Judah, Hezekiah, with all of Judah, condemn him to death? Did they not fear the Lord, and petition the face of the Lord? And so the Lord repented of the evil that he had spoken against them. Therefore, we are committing a great evil against our own souls.

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20  And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of YHWH, Uriah the son of Shemaiah of Kiriath-jearim; and he prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah;

Jer33:20  And there was another man prophesying in the name of the Lord, Urias the son of Samaeas of Cariathiarim; and he prophesied concerning this land according to all the words of Jeremias.

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21  and when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death; but when Uriah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;

Jer33:21  And king Joakim and all the princes heard all his words, and sought to slay him; and Urias heard it and went into Egypt.

21  And king Jehoiakim, with all his warriors and leaders, heard these words. And so the king sought to put him to death. And Uriah heard, and was afraid, and fled, and he entered into Egypt.

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22  and Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him, into Egypt;

Jer33:22  And the king sent men into Egypt;

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23  and they fetched forth Uriah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the children of the people.

Jer33:23  and they brought him thence, and brought him into the king; and he smote him with the sword, and cast him into the sepulchre of the children of his people.

23  And they led Uriah out of Egypt. And they brought him to king Jehoiakim, and he struck him down with the sword. And he cast his dead body among the graves of the common people.”

24  Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.

Jer33:24  Nevertheless the hand of Achicam son of Saphan was with Jeremias, to prevent his being delivered into the hands of the people, or being killed.

24  But the hand of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, was with Jeremiah, so that he would not be delivered into the hands of the people, and so that they would not put him to death.