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
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.”