NASB — Jeremiah 37 — KJV

Jeremiah Warns against Trust in Pharaoh

1 Now aZedekiah the son of Josiah whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had bmade king in the land of Judah, reigned as king in place of cConiah the son of Jehoiakim. 2 But aneither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the LORD which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.

[1] a2K 24:17; 1Ch 3:15; 2Ch 36:10 bEzk 17:12-21 c2K 24:12; 1Ch 3:16; 2Ch 36:9, 10; Jr 22:24, 28; 24:1; 52:31
[2] a2K 24:19, 20; 2Ch 36:12-16; Pv 29:12

3 ¶ Yet aKing Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and bZephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “cPlease pray to the LORD our God on our behalf.” 4 Now Jeremiah was [still] coming in and going out among the people, for they had not [yet] aput him in the prison. 5 Meanwhile, aPharaoh’s army had set out from Egypt; and when the Chaldeans who had been besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they blifted the [siege] from Jerusalem.

[3] aJr 21:1, 2 bJr 29:25; 52:24 c1K 13:6; Jr 2:27; 15:11; 21:1, 2; 42:1-4, 20; Ac 8:24
[4] aJr 32:2, 3; 37:15
[5] a2K 24:7; Jr 37:7; Ezk 17:15 bJr 37:11

6 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 7 “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘aThus you are to say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me: “Behold, bPharaoh’s army which has come out for your assistance is going to return to its own land of Egypt. 8 The Chaldeans will also areturn and fight against this city, and they will capture it and burn it with fire.”’ 9 Thus says the LORD, ‘Do not adeceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,” for they will not go. 10 For aeven if you had defeated the entire army of Chaldeans who were fighting against you, and there were [only] wounded men left among them, each man in his tent, they would rise up and bburn this city with fire.’”

[7] a2K 22:18; Jr 21:1, 2; 37:3 bIs 30:1-3; 31:1-3; Jr 2:18, 36; Lm 4:17; Ezk 17:17
[8] aJr 34:22; 38:23; 39:2-8
[9] aJr 29:8; Ob 3; Mt 24:4, 5; Ep 5:6
[10] aLv 26:36-38; Is 30:17; Jr 21:4, 5 bJr 37:8

Jeremiah Imprisoned

11 ¶ Now it happened when the army of the Chaldeans had lifted [the siege] from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh’s army, 12 that Jeremiah went out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin in order to atake Ipossession of [some] property there among the people. 13 While he was at the aGate of Benjamin, a captain of the guard whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah the son of Hananiah was there; and he barrested Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “You are Igoing over to the Chaldeans!” 14 But Jeremiah said, “aA lie! I am not Igoing over to the Chaldeans”; yet he would not listen to him. So Irijah arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials. 15 Then the officials were aangry at Jeremiah and beat him, and they bput him in jail in the house of Jonathan the scribe, which they had made into the prison. 16 For Jeremiah had come into the Iadungeon, that is, the vaulted cell; and Jeremiah stayed there many days.

[12] IOr part in a dividing aJr 32:8
[13] ILit falling aJr 38:7; Zc 14:10 bJr 18:18; 20:10; Lk 23:2; Ac 6:11; 24:5-9, 13
[14] ILit falling aPs 27:12; 52:1, 2; Jr 40:4-6; Mt 5:11, 12
[15] aJr 18:23; 20:1-3; 26:16; Mt 21:35 bGn 39:20; 2Ch 16:10; 18:26; Jr 38:26; Ac 5:18
[16] ILit house of the cistern-pit aJr 38:6

17 ¶ Now King Zedekiah sent and took him [out]; and in his palace the king asecretly asked him and said, “Is there a bword from the LORD?” And Jeremiah said, “There is!” Then he said, “You will be cgiven into the hand of the king of Babylon!” 18 Moreover Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, “a[In] what [way] have I sinned against you, or against your servants, or against this people, that you have put me in prison? 19 aWhere then are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, ‘The bking of Babylon will not come against you or against this land’? 20 But now, please listen, O my lord the king; please let my apetition Icome before you and do not make me return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, that I may not die there.” 21 Then King Zedekiah gave commandment, and they committed Jeremiah to the acourt of the guardhouse and gave him a loaf of bbread daily from the bakers’ street, until all the bread in the city was cgone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guardhouse.

[17] a1K 14:1-4; Jr 38:5, 14-16, 24-27 b1K 22:15, 16; 2K 3:11, 12; Jr 15:11; 21:1, 2; 37:3 cJr 21:7; 24:8; Ezk 12:12, 13; 17:19, 20
[18] a1S 24:9; 26:18; Dn 6:22; Jn 10:32; Ac 25:8, 11, 25
[19] aDt 32:37, 38; 2K 3:13; Jr 2:28 bJr 27:14; 28:1-4, 10-17
[20] ILit fall aJr 36:7; 38:26
[21] aJr 32:2; 38:13, 28 b1K 17:6; Jb 5:20; Ps 33:18, 19; Is 33:16 c2K 25:3; Jr 38:9; 52:6


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The Egyptians having raised the siege of the Chaldeans, King Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to pray for the people.

1 ¶ And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah. 3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us. 4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison. 5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.

[1] 2K 24:12, 17; 1Ch 3:15, 16; 2Ch 36:9, 10; Jr 22:24, 28; 24:1; 52:31; Ezk 17:12.
[2] Ex 4:13; Lv 8:36; 2S 10:2; 12:25; 1K 14:18; 16:7; 2K 24:19; 2Ch 36:12; Pv 26:6; 29:12; Ezk 21:25; Ho 12:10; 1Th 4:8.
[3] Ex 8:8, 28; 9:28; 10:17; Nu 21:7; 1S 12:19; 1K 13:6; Jr 2:27; 21:1; 29:21, 25; 42:2, 20; 52:24; Ac 8:24.
[4] Jr 32:2; 37:15.
[5] 2K 24:7; Jr 34:21; 37:7, 11; Ezk 17:15.

Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' certain return and victory.

6 ¶ Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. 8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire. 9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. 10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained [but] wounded men among them, [yet] should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.

[7] 2K 22:18; Pv 21:30; Is 30:1; 31:1; Jr 17:5; 21:2; 37:3; Lm 4:17; Ezk 17:17; 29:6, 16.
[8] Jr 32:29; 34:21; 38:23; 39:2.
[9] Ob 1:3; Mt 24:4; Ga 6:3, 7; Ep 5:6; 2Th 2:3; Jm 1:22.
[10] Lv 26:36; Is 10:4; 13:15; 14:19; 30:17; Jr 21:4; 49:20; 50:45; 51:4; Jol 2:11.

He is taken for a fugitive, beaten, and put in prison.

11 ¶ And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army, 12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people. 13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward [was] there, whose name [was] Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans. 14 Then said Jeremiah, [It is] false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. 15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.

[11] Jr 37:5.
[12] Jsh 21:17; 1K 19:3, 9; 1Ch 6:60; Ne 6:11; Jr 1:1; Mt 10:23; 1Th 5:22.
[13] Jr 18:18; 20:10; 21:9; 27:6, 12; 28:14; 36:12; 38:1, 4, 7, 10, 17; Am 7:10; Zc 14:10; Lk 23:2; Ac 6:11; 24:5, 13; 2Co 6:8.
[14] Ne 6:8; Ps 27:12; 35:11; 52:1; Jr 40:4; Mt 5:11; Lk 6:22, 26; 1P 3:16; 4:14.
[15] Gn 39:20; 2Ch 16:10; 18:26; Jr 20:1; 26:16; 37:20; 38:6, 26; Mt 21:35; 23:34; 26:67; Lk 20:10; 22:64; Jn 18:22; Ac 5:18, 28, 40; 12:4; 16:22; 23:2; 2Co 11:23; He 11:36; Rv 2:10.

He assureth Zedekiah of the captivity.

16 ¶ When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; 17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there [any] word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.

[16] Gn 40:15; Jr 38:6, 10; Lm 3:53, 55.
[17] 1K 14:1; 22:16; 2K 3:11; Jr 21:1, 7; 24:8; 29:16; 32:3; 34:21; 37:3; 38:5, 14, 24; 39:6; Ezk 12:12; 17:19; 21:25; Mk 6:20.

Intreating for his liberty, he obtaineth some favour.

18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison? 19 Where [are] now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land? 20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. 21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

[18] Gn 31:36; 1S 24:9; 26:18; Pv 17:13, 26; Jr 26:19; Dn 6:22; Jn 10:32; Ac 23:1; 24:16; 25:8, 11, 25; 26:31; Ga 4:16.
[19] Dt 32:36; 2K 3:13; Jr 2:28; 6:14; 8:11; 14:13; 23:17; 27:14; 28:1, 10; 29:31; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:10.
[20] Jr 26:15; 36:7; 38:6; Ac 23:16; 25:10; 28:18.
[21] Dt 28:52; 1K 17:4; 2K 25:3; Jb 5:20; Ps 33:18; 34:9; 37:3, 19; Pv 16:7; 21:1; Is 33:16; Jr 32:2, 8; 38:9, 13, 28; 39:14; 52:6; Lm 2:11, 19; 4:4, 9; 5:10; Mt 6:33; Ac 12:5; 24:27; 28:16, 30; Ep 4:1; 6:20; 2Ti 1:8; 2:9.


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