Jeremiah 26
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1  At the beginning of the reign of King Yehoyakim son of Yoshiyahu of Yehuda, this word came from Hashem:

א  בְּרֵאשִׁית מַמְלְכוּת יְהוֹיָקִים בֶּן־יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה הָיָה הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה מֵאֵת יְהֹוָה לֵאמֹר׃

2  “Thus said Hashem: Stand in the court of the House of Hashem, and speak to [the men of] all the towns of Yehuda, who are coming to worship in the House of Hashem, all the words which I command you to speak to them. Do not omit anything.

ב  כֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה עֲמֹד בַּחֲצַר בֵּית־יְהֹוָה וְדִבַּרְתָּ עַל־כָּל־עָרֵי יְהוּדָה הַבָּאִים לְהִשְׁתַּחֲוׂת בֵּית־יְהֹוָה אֵת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִיךָ לְדַבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם אַל־תִּגְרַע דָּבָר׃

3  Perhaps they will listen and turn back, each from his evil way, that I may renounce the punishment I am planning to bring upon them for their wicked acts.

ג  אוּלַי יִשְׁמְעוּ וְיָשֻׁבוּ אִישׁ מִדַּרְכּוֹ הָרָעָה וְנִחַמְתִּי אֶל־הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי חֹשֵׁב לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם מִפְּנֵי רֹעַ מַעַלְלֵיהֶם׃

4  “Say to them: Thus said Hashem: If you do not obey Me, abiding by the Teaching that I have set before you,

ד  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה אִם־לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ אֵלַי לָלֶכֶת בְּתוֹרָתִי אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לִפְנֵיכֶם׃

5  heeding the words of My servants the Neviim whom I have been sending to you persistently—but you have not heeded—

ה  לִשְׁמֹעַ עַל־דִּבְרֵי עֲבָדַי הַנְּבִאִים אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ אֲלֵיכֶם וְהַשְׁכֵּם וְשָׁלֹחַ וְלֹא שְׁמַעְתֶּם׃

6  then I will make this House like Shilo, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of earth.”

ו  וְנָתַתִּי אֶת־הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה כְּשִׁלֹה וְאֶת־הָעִיר הזאתה [הַזֹּאת] אֶתֵּן לִקְלָלָה לְכֹל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ׃

7  The Kohanim and Neviim and all the people heard Yirmiyahu speaking these words in the House of Hashem.

ז  וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַנְּבִאִים וְכָל־הָעָם אֶת־יִרְמְיָהוּ מְדַבֵּר אֶת־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה בְּבֵית יְהֹוָה׃

8  And when Yirmiyahu finished speaking all that Hashem had commanded him to speak to all the people, the Kohanim and the Neviim and all the people seized him, shouting, “You shall die!

ח  וַיְהִי כְּכַלּוֹת יִרְמְיָהוּ לְדַבֵּר אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהֹוָה לְדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־הָעָם וַיִּתְפְּשׂוּ אֹתוֹ הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַנְּבִאִים וְכָל־הָעָם לֵאמֹר מוֹת תָּמוּת׃

9  How dare you prophesy in the name of Hashem that this House shall become like Shilo and this city be made desolate, without inhabitants?” And all the people crowded about Yirmiyahu in the House of Hashem.

ט  מַדּוּעַ נִבֵּיתָ בְשֵׁם־יְהֹוָה לֵאמֹר כְּשִׁלוֹ יִהְיֶה הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה וְהָעִיר הַזֹּאת תֶּחֱרַב מֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב וַיִּקָּהֵל כָּל־הָעָם אֶל־יִרְמְיָהוּ בְּבֵית יְהֹוָה׃

10  When the officials of Yehuda heard about this, they went up from the king’s palace to the House of Hashem and held a session at the entrance of the New Gate of the House of Hashem.

י  וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ שָׂרֵי יְהוּדָה אֵת הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וַיַּעֲלוּ מִבֵּית־הַמֶּלֶךְ בֵּית יְהֹוָה וַיֵּשְׁבוּ בְּפֶתַח שַׁעַר־יְהֹוָה הֶחָדָשׁ׃

11  The Kohanim and Neviim said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the death penalty, for he has prophesied against this city, as you yourselves have heard.”

יא  וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַנְּבִאִים אֶל־הַשָּׂרִים וְאֶל־כָּל־הָעָם לֵאמֹר מִשְׁפַּט־מָוֶת לָאִישׁ הַזֶּה כִּי נִבָּא אֶל־הָעִיר הַזֹּאת כַּאֲשֶׁר שְׁמַעְתֶּם בְּאָזְנֵיכֶם׃

12  Yirmiyahu said to the officials and to all the people, “It was Hashem who sent me to prophesy against this House and this city all the words you heard.

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ אֶל־כָּל־הַשָּׂרִים וְאֶל־כָּל־הָעָם לֵאמֹר יְהֹוָה שְׁלָחַנִי לְהִנָּבֵא אֶל־הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה וְאֶל־הָעִיר הַזֹּאת אֵת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר שְׁמַעְתֶּם׃

13  Therefore mend your ways and your acts, and heed Hashem your God, that Hashem may renounce the punishment He has decreed for you.

יג  וְעַתָּה הֵיטִיבוּ דַרְכֵיכֶם וּמַעַלְלֵיכֶם וְשִׁמְעוּ בְּקוֹל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וְיִנָּחֵם יְהֹוָה אֶל־הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר עֲלֵיכֶם׃

14  As for me, I am in your hands: do to me what seems good and right to you.

יד  וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי בְיֶדְכֶם עֲשׂוּ־לִי כַּטּוֹב וְכַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵיכֶם׃

15  But know that if you put me to death, you and this city and its inhabitants will be guilty of shedding the blood of an innocent man. For in truth Hashem has sent me to you, to speak all these words to you.”

טו  אַךְ יָדֹעַ תֵּדְעוּ כִּי אִם־מְמִתִים אַתֶּם אֹתִי כִּי־דָם נָקִי אַתֶּם נֹתְנִים עֲלֵיכֶם וְאֶל־הָעִיר הַזֹּאת וְאֶל־יֹשְׁבֶיהָ כִּי בֶאֱמֶת שְׁלָחַנִי יְהֹוָה עֲלֵיכֶם לְדַבֵּר בְּאָזְנֵיכֶם אֵת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה׃

16  Then the officials and all the people said to the Kohanim and Neviim, “This man does not deserve the death penalty, for he spoke to us in the name of Hashem our God.”

טז  וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַשָּׂרִים וְכָל־הָעָם אֶל־הַכֹּהֲנִים וְאֶל־הַנְּבִיאִים אֵין־לָאִישׁ הַזֶּה מִשְׁפַּט־מָוֶת כִּי בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ דִּבֶּר אֵלֵינוּ׃

17  And some of the elders of the land arose and said to the entire assemblage of the people,

יז  וַיָּקֻמוּ אֲנָשִׁים מִזִּקְנֵי הָאָרֶץ וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל־כָּל־קְהַל הָעָם לֵאמֹר׃

18  “Micha the Morashtite, who prophesied in the days of King Chizkiyahu of Yehuda, said to all the people of Yehuda: ‘Thus said the lord of Hosts: Tzion shall be plowed as a field, Yerushalayim shall become heaps of ruins And the Har Habayit a shrine in the woods.’

יח  מיכיה [מִיכָה] הַמּוֹרַשְׁתִּי הָיָה נִבָּא בִּימֵי חִזְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ־יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־כָּל־עַם יְהוּדָה לֵאמֹר כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת צִיּוֹן שָׂדֶה תֵחָרֵשׁ וִירוּשָׁלַיִם עִיִּים תִּהְיֶה וְהַר הַבַּיִת לְבָמוֹת יָעַר׃

19  “Did King Chizkiyahu of Yehuda, and all Yehuda, put him to death? Did he not rather fear Hashem and implore Hashem, so that Hashem renounced the punishment He had decreed against them? We are about to do great injury to ourselves!”

he-ha-MAYT he-mi-TU-hu khiz-ki-YA-hu me-lekh y’-hu-DAH v’-khol y’-hu-DAH ha-LO ya-RAY et a-do-NAI vai-KHAL et p’-NAY a-do-NAI va-yi-na-KHEM a-do-NAI el ha-ra-AH a-sher di-BER a-lay-HEM va-a-NAKH-nu o-SEEM ra-AH g’-do-LAH al naf-sho-TAY-nu

יט  הֶהָמֵת הֱמִתֻהוּ חִזְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ־יְהוּדָה וְכָל־יְהוּדָה הֲלֹא יָרֵא אֶת־יְהֹוָה וַיְחַל אֶת־פְּנֵי יְהֹוָה וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהֹוָה אֶל־הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עֲלֵיהֶם וַאֲנַחְנוּ עֹשִׂים רָעָה גְדוֹלָה עַל־נַפְשׁוֹתֵינוּ׃

26:19   Did King Chizkiyahu of Yehuda, and all Yehuda, put him to death? 

Yirmiyahu is arrested by the officers and placed on trial as a false prophet. They claim that Yirmiyahu’s prophecies of destruction and exile contradict the eternal bond between Hashem and His people. However, the elders of Israel come to Yirmiyahu’s defense. A century earlier, at the time of the Assyrian invasion, the prophet Micha had also spoken against the city. Rather than feeling threatened, the righteous king Chizkiyahu had led the people in repentance, and God saved the people. Yirmiyahu is hoping that the people of his generation will have a similar response to his prophecies, that they will return to Hashem and be spared. The message is true for all time, as it says in Yechezkel 33:11: “As I live—declares Hashem—it is not My desire that the wicked shall die, but that the wicked [one] turn from his [evil] ways and live.”1 comment

20  There was also a man prophesying in the name of Hashem, Uriya son of Shemaya from Kiryat Ye’arim, who prophesied against this city and this land the same things as Yirmiyahu.

כ  וְגַם־אִישׁ הָיָה מִתְנַבֵּא בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה אוּרִיָּהוּ בֶּן־שְׁמַעְיָהוּ מִקִּרְיַת הַיְּעָרִים וַיִּנָּבֵא עַל־הָעִיר הַזֹּאת וְעַל־הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת כְּכֹל דִּבְרֵי יִרְמְיָהוּ׃

21  King Yehoyakim and all his warriors and all the officials heard about his address, and the king wanted to put him to death. Uriya heard of this and fled in fear, and came to Egypt.

כא  וַיִּשְׁמַע הַמֶּלֶךְ־יְהוֹיָקִים וְכָל־גִּבּוֹרָיו וְכָל־הַשָּׂרִים אֶת־דְּבָרָיו וַיְבַקֵּשׁ הַמֶּלֶךְ הֲמִיתוֹ וַיִּשְׁמַע אוּרִיָּהוּ וַיִּרָא וַיִּבְרַח וַיָּבֹא מִצְרָיִם׃

22  But King Yehoyakim sent men to Egypt, Elnathan son of Achbor and men with him to Egypt.

כב  וַיִּשְׁלַח הַמֶּלֶךְ יְהוֹיָקִים אֲנָשִׁים מִצְרָיִם אֵת אֶלְנָתָן בֶּן־עַכְבּוֹר וַאֲנָשִׁים אִתּוֹ אֶל־מִצְרָיִם׃

23  They took Uriya out of Egypt and brought him to King Yehoyakim, who had him put to the sword and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.

כג  וַיּוֹצִיאוּ אֶת־אוּרִיָּהוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם וַיְבִאֻהוּ אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ יְהוֹיָקִים וַיַּכֵּהוּ בֶּחָרֶב וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ אֶת־נִבְלָתוֹ אֶל־קִבְרֵי בְּנֵי הָעָם׃

24  However, Achikam son of Shafan protected Yirmiyahu, so that he was not handed over to the people for execution.

כד  אַךְ יַד אֲחִיקָם בֶּן־שָׁפָן הָיְתָה אֶת־יִרְמְיָהוּ לְבִלְתִּי תֵּת־אֹתוֹ בְיַד־הָעָם לַהֲמִיתוֹ׃

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