Old Testament

Jeremiah 26
Jeremiah Is Threatened With Death
261In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, the following word came from the Lord.
2This is what the Lord says. Stand in the courtyard of the Lord's house, and speak to people from the cities and towns of Judah who have come to worship at the House of the Lord. Tell them everything I have commanded you to tell them. Do not hold back a single word. 3Maybe they will listen, and everyone will turn from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring about the disaster that I was planning because of the evil things they have done.
4You are also to say this to him.
This is what the Lord says. If you will not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you, 5and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (but you have not listened), 6then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make the name of this city a curse word for all the nations of the earth.
7The priests, the prophets, and all the people listened as Jeremiah spoke these words at the House of the Lord. 8When Jeremiah had finished saying everything the Lord had commanded him to say to all the people, then the priests, the prophets, and all the people seized him and said, “You must die! 9Why do you prophesy in the name of the Lord that this house will be like Shiloh and that this city will be desolate with no one living here?” All the people crowded around Jeremiah in the House of the Lord.
10When the officials of Judah heard about these things, they came up from the king's house to the House of the Lord and sat in the entrance of the New Gate of the Lord's house.
11Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death because he has been prophesying against this city, as you heard with your own ears.”
12Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and to all the people, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the things that you have heard. 13Now reform your ways and your actions, and obey the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent and not bring about the disaster he has pronounced against you. 14But as for me, look, I am in your hands. Do with me whatever seems good and right in your eyes. 15But you can be certain of this. If you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live here, for it is true that the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”
16Then the officials and the people said to the priests and to the prophets, “This man does not deserve to die. He has spoken in the name of the Lord our God.”
17Some of the elders of the land got up and spoke to all the assembled people.
18Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He proclaimed this to all the people of Judah.
This is what the Lord of Armies says.
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a ruin,
and the temple mount will be a high place overgrown with trees.[]
19Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone at all in Judah put him to death? Didn't he fear the Lord and seek his favor? And didn't the Lord relent from the disaster he had pronounced against them? We would be committing a great evil against our own souls[] that way!
20(There had also been another man who prophesied in the name of the Lord, Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim. He prophesied against this city and against the land the same things that Jeremiah did. 21When King Jehoiakim, all his strong warriors, and all his officials heard his words, the king wanted to put him to death. But Uriah heard about it and fled in fear to Egypt. 22Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Akbor and some other men to Egypt. 23They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him put to death with a sword and had his body thrown into the grave of the common people.)
24But Ahikam son of Shaphan used his authority to protect Jeremiah, who was not handed over to the people to be put to death.