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Jeremiah 26

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1Soon after Jehoiakim became the king of Judah, Yahweh gave me this message:
2“This is what I, Yahweh, am telling you: Stand in the courtyard in front of my temple, and speak to all the people from the various towns in Judah who come there to worship me. Tell them everything that I tell you; do not omit anything.
3If you do tell them everything, perhaps they will pay attention, and each one of them will turn away from his evil behavior. Then I will change my mind, and not cause them to experience the disaster that I was planning to cause them to experience because of the evil things that they have done.
4Say to them, ‘This is what Yahweh says: I sent to you the prophets who serve me, to tell you what you should do. I sent them to you many times, but you have not paid attention to what they said. If you will not pay attention to what I say and do not obey the message that I have given to you, and if you do not pay attention to what the prophets say,
6I will destroy this temple like I destroyed Shiloh, the place where the Sacred Tent was put. And I will cause Jerusalem to be a place whose name people in every nation on the earth will say when they curse someone.’ ”
7When I did what Yahweh told me to do, the priests, the false prophets, and many other people listened to me as I told them that message outside the temple.
8But as soon as I finished telling them everything that Yahweh had commanded me to say, they all seized me and said, “You must be executed!
9Why RHQ are you prophesying that this temple will be destroyed like Shiloh was destroyed? Why are you saying that this city will be destroyed, and that no one will live here anymore? (OR, You should not be prophesying) RHQ” All the people surrounded me as I stood in front of the temple.
10When the officials of Judah heard about all this that was happening, they rushed from the palace and sat down at the gate of the temple named The New Gate, to judge my case.
11The priests and the false prophets told the officials and the other people who were there, “This man should be executed, because he has prophesied that this city will be destroyed, and you yourselves MTY have heard him say that!”
12Then I replied to the officials and the other people, saying, “Yahweh sent me to prophesy all the things that you heard me say about what will happen to this temple and this city.
13But if you change your behavior and stop sinning, and start to obey Yahweh our God, he will change his mind, and not cause you to experience the disasters that he said that he would send.
14As for me, I am not able to free myself from your grasp. So you can do to me whatever you want to do.
15But you need to know that if you kill me, you will be killing a man SYN who ◄is innocent/has not done anything wrong►. And you and everyone else in this city will be guilty, because the truth is that it was Yahweh who sent me to speak every word that you have heard me say.”
16Then the officials and the other people said to the priests and the false prophets, “This man does not deserve to be executed, because he has spoken to us the message MTY that Yahweh gave him!”
17Then some of the elders stood up and spoke to all the people who were gathered there.
18They said, “◄ Remember/Think about► what Micah, the prophet from Moresheth town, prophesied during the years that Hezekiah was the King of Judah. He told the people of Judah this: ‘This is what the Commander of the armies of angels says: Some day Zion Hill will be plowed like fields are plowed; Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins. There will be a large clump/group of trees on top of the hill where the temple is now.’
19But did RHQ King Hezekiah or anyone else in Judah kill Micah for saying that? No! Instead, Hezekiah revered Yahweh, and pleaded that he would ◄act mercifully toward/not destroy► them. So, Yahweh changed his mind about causing them to experience the terrible disaster that he said he would send. And now if we kill Jeremiah, we are going to cause ourselves to experienece a terrible disaster!”

20At that time, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-Jearim city was also prophesying/proclaiming messages MTY from Yahweh. He was predicting that the city and the rest of the land would experience the same disasters that I was predicting.
21When King Jehoiakim and his army officers and officials heard what Uriah was saying, the king sent someone to kill Uriah. But Uriah heard about it, and became very afraid, and he ◄escaped/ran away► to Egypt.
22Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan the son of Acbor along with several other men to Egypt.
23They captured Uriah and took him back to Jerusalem to King Jehoiakim. The king then had a soldier kill Uriah with a sword. Then they buried his corpse in a place where poor people are buried.
24However, Ahikam the son of Shaphan defended me, and persuaded the officials not to allow MTY the mob to murder me.