1In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from Yahweh, saying,
2“This is what Yahweh says: Stand in the court of Yahweh’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of Yahweh all the words that I command you to speak to them; do not hold back a word.
3It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way. Then I will change my mind about the evil that I am planning to do to them because of the evil of what they are doing.
4You are to tell them, ‘This is what Yahweh says: “If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you,
5and to listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have been sending to you, even rising up early and sending them again and again, but you have not listened,
6then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.”’”
7The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of Yahweh.
8It came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking everything that Yahweh had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying, “You must die, yes, die.
9Why have you prophesied in the name of Yahweh, saying, ‘This house will be like Shiloh, and this city will be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of Yahweh.
10When the leaders of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the house of Yahweh, and they sat in the entry of the new gate of Yahweh’s house.
11Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the leaders and to all the people, saying, “This man is worthy of death, for he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.”
12Then Jeremiah spoke to all the leaders and to all the people, saying, “Yahweh sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard.
13So now reform your ways and what you do and obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and Yahweh will change his mind about the evil that he has pronounced against you.
14But as for me, behold, I am in your hand; do with me what is good and right in your eyes.
15Only know, yes, know that if you put me to death you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and on its inhabitants, because truly, Yahweh has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.”
16Then the leaders and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets: “This man is not worthy of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of Yahweh our God.”
17Then certain of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the 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, ‘This is what Yahweh of Armies says: Zion will be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem will become heaps, and the Temple Mount like a forested hill.’
19Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Didn’t he fear Yahweh and entreat the favor of Yahweh, and then Yahweh changed his mind about the disaster that he had pronounced against them? We are about to bring great evil upon ourselves.”
20But there was also a man who prophesied in the name of Yahweh, Uriah the son of Shemaiah of Kiriath-jearim, and he prophesied against this city and against this land with words like all those of Jeremiah;
21and when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men and all the officials, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But when Uriah heard about it, he was afraid, and fled, and went to Egypt.
22But Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely Elnathan the son of Achbor and certain men with him, into Egypt,
23and they brought Uriah out of Egypt, and took him to Jehoiakim the king, who killed him with the sword and threw his dead body into the graves of the common people.
24But the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not turned over into the hand of the people to put him to death.