2 Neither he nor his courtiers nor the people of the land gave heed to the words which Hashem spoke through the navi Yirmiyahu.
ב וְלֹא שָׁמַע הוּא וַעֲבָדָיו וְעַם הָאָרֶץ אֶל־דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בְּיַד יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא׃
3 Yet King Tzidkiyahu sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah and Tzefanya son of the kohen Maaseiah to the navi Yirmiyahu, to say, “Please pray on our behalf to Hashem our God.”
4 (Yirmiyahu could still go in and out among the people, for they had not yet put him in prison.
ד וְיִרְמְיָהוּ בָּא וְיֹצֵא בְּתוֹךְ הָעָם וְלֹא־נָתְנוּ אֹתוֹ בֵּית הכליא [הַכְּלוּא׃]
ה וְחֵיל פַּרְעֹה יָצָא מִמִּצְרָיִם וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ הַכַּשְׂדִּים הַצָּרִים עַל־יְרוּשָׁלִַם אֶת־שִׁמְעָם וַיֵּעָלוּ מֵעַל יְרוּשָׁלִָם׃
6 Then the word of Hashem came to the navi Yirmiyahu:
ו וַיְהִי דְּבַר־יְהוָה אֶל־יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא לֵאמֹר׃
7 Thus said Hashem, the God of Yisrael: Thus shall you say to the king of Yehuda who sent you to Me to inquire of Me: “The army of Pharaoh, which set out to help you, will return to its own land, to Egypt.
8 And the Chaldeans will come back and attack this city and they will capture it and destroy it by fire.”
ח וְשָׁבוּ הַכַּשְׂדִּים וְנִלְחֲמוּ עַל־הָעִיר הַזֹּאת וּלְכָדֻהָ וּשְׂרָפֻהָ בָאֵשׁ׃
9 Thus said Hashem: Do not delude yourselves into thinking, “The Chaldeans will go away from us.” They will not.
ט כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה אַל־תַּשִּׁאוּ נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם לֵאמֹר הָלֹךְ יֵלְכוּ מֵעָלֵינוּ הַכַּשְׂדִּים כִּי־לֹא יֵלֵכוּ׃
10 Even if you defeated the whole army of the Chaldeans that are fighting against you, and only wounded men were left lying in their tents, they would get up and burn this city down!
י כִּי אִם־הִכִּיתֶם כָּל־חֵיל כַּשְׂדִּים הַנִּלְחָמִים אִתְּכֶם וְנִשְׁאֲרוּ בָם אֲנָשִׁים מְדֻקָּרִים אִישׁ בְּאָהֳלוֹ יָקוּמוּ וְשָׂרְפוּ אֶת־הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בָּאֵשׁ׃
יא וְהָיָה בְּהֵעָלוֹת חֵיל הַכַּשְׂדִּים מֵעַל יְרוּשָׁלִָם מִפְּנֵי חֵיל פַּרְעֹה׃
יב וַיֵּצֵא יִרְמְיָהוּ מִירוּשָׁלִַם לָלֶכֶת אֶרֶץ בִּנְיָמִן לַחֲלִק מִשָּׁם בְּתוֹךְ הָעָם׃
יג וַיְהִי־הוּא בְּשַׁעַר בִּנְיָמִן וְשָׁם בַּעַל פְּקִדֻת וּשְׁמוֹ יִרְאִיָּיה בֶּן־שֶׁלֶמְיָה בֶּן־חֲנַנְיָה וַיִּתְפֹּשׂ אֶת־יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא לֵאמֹר אֶל־הַכַּשְׂדִּים אַתָּה נֹפֵל׃
17 Then King Tzidkiyahu sent for him, and the king questioned him secretly in his palace. He asked, “Is there any word from Hashem?” “There is!” Yirmiyahu answered, and he continued, “You will be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon.”
18 And Yirmiyahu said to King Tzidkiyahu, “What wrong have I done to you, to your courtiers, and to this people, that you have put me in jail?
19 And where are those neviim of yours who prophesied to you that the king of Babylon would never move against you and against this land?
יט ואיו [וְאַיֵּה] נְבִיאֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר־נִבְּאוּ לָכֶם לֵאמֹר לֹא־יָבֹא מֶלֶךְ־בָּבֶל עֲלֵיכֶם וְעַל הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת׃
20 Now, please hear me, O lord king, and grant my plea: Don’t send me back to the house of the scribe Yehonatan to die there.”
כ וְעַתָּה שְׁמַע־נָא אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ תִּפָּל־נָא תְחִנָּתִי לְפָנֶיךָ וְאַל־תְּשִׁבֵנִי בֵּית יְהוֹנָתָן הַסֹּפֵר וְלֹא אָמוּת שָׁם׃
21 So King Tzidkiyahu gave instructions to lodge Yirmiyahu in the prison compound and to supply him daily with a loaf of bread from the Bakers’ Street—until all the bread in the city was gone. Yirmiyahu remained in the prison compound.
22 Now the king was sitting in the winter-house in the ninth month; and the brazier was burning before him.
v’-ha-ME-lekh yo-SHAYV bayt ha-KHO-ref ba-KHO-desh ha-t’-shee-EE v’-ET ha-AKH l’-fa-NAV m’-vo-A-ret
כב וְהַמֶּלֶךְ יוֹשֵׁב בֵּית הַחֹרֶף בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַתְּשִׁיעִי וְאֶת הָאָח לְפָנָיו מְבֹעָרֶת.
36:22 The king was sitting in the winter house
The dramatic showdown between the word of God, as dictated to Baruch by Yirmiyahu, and the unrepentant Yehoyakim, takes place in the king’s winter palace. The ninth month on the Hebrew calendar, the month of Kislev, occurs in the dead of winter. Kislev can be a cold, bitter month, with fierce rains and snow. The aristocracy and the wealthy class could afford to build winter homes heated by coal stoves. In this fire Yehoyakim mockingly burns Yirmiyahu’s scroll, sealing his own fate. Ruins of a palace found in Ramat Rachel, in south-east Jerusalem, have been identified as the winter palace of Yehoyakim.
23 And it came to pass, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.
כג וַיְהִי כִּקְרוֹא יְהוּדִי שָׁלֹשׁ דְּלָתוֹת וְאַרְבָּעָה יִקְרָעֶהָ בְּתַעַר הַסֹּפֵר וְהַשְׁלֵךְ אֶל הָאֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר אֶל הָאָח עַד תֹּם כָּל הַמְּגִלָּה עַל הָאֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר עַל הָאָח.
24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
כד וְלֹא פָחֲדוּ וְלֹא קָרְעוּ אֶת בִּגְדֵיהֶם הַמֶּלֶךְ וְכָל עֲבָדָיו הַשֹּׁמְעִים אֵת כָּל הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה.
25 Moreover Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had entreated the king not to burn the roll; but he would not hear them.
כה וְגַם אֶלְנָתָן וּדְלָיָהוּ וּגְמַרְיָהוּ הִפְגִּעוּ בַמֶּלֶךְ לְבִלְתִּי שְׂרֹף אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה וְלֹא שָׁמַע אֲלֵיהֶם.
26 And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Yirmiyahu the navi; but Hashem hid them.
כו וַיְצַוֶּה הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶת יְרַחְמְאֵל בֶּן הַמֶּלֶךְ וְאֶת שְׂרָיָהוּ בֶן עַזְרִיאֵל וְאֶת שֶׁלֶמְיָהוּ בֶּן עַבְדְּאֵל לָקַחַת אֶת בָּרוּךְ הַסֹּפֵר וְאֵת יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא וַיַּסְתִּרֵם יְהוָה.
29 And concerning Yehoyakim king of Yehudah thou shalt say: Thus saith Hashem: Thou hast burned this roll, saying: Why hast thou written therein, saying: The king of Bavel shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?
30 Therefore thus saith Hashem concerning Yehoyakim king of Yehudah: He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David; and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
31 And I will visit upon him and his seed and his servants their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, and upon the men of Yehudah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them, but they hearkened not.’
לא וּפָקַדְתִּי עָלָיו וְעַל זַרְעוֹ וְעַל עֲבָדָיו אֶת עֲוֹנָם וְהֵבֵאתִי עֲלֵיהֶם וְעַל יֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְאֶל אִישׁ יְהוּדָה אֵת כָּל הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי אֲלֵיהֶם וְלֹא שָׁמֵעוּ.
32 Then took Yirmiyahu another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Yirmiyahu all the words of the book which Yehoyakim king of Yehudah had burned in the fire; and there were added besides unto them many like words.