1 Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedalia son of Pashhur, Jucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malchiah heard what Yirmiyahu was saying to all the people:
2 “Thus said Hashem: Whoever remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but whoever surrenders to the Chaldeans shall live; he shall at least gain his life and shall live.
ב כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה הַיֹּשֵׁב בָּעִיר הַזֹּאת יָמוּת בַּחֶרֶב בָּרָעָב וּבַדָּבֶר וְהַיֹּצֵא אֶל־הַכַּשְׂדִּים יחיה [וְחָיָה] וְהָיְתָה־לּוֹ נַפְשׁוֹ לְשָׁלָל וָחָי׃
3 Thus said Hashem: This city shall be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon’s army, and he shall capture it.”
ג כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה הִנָּתֹן תִּנָּתֵן הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בְּיַד חֵיל מֶלֶךְ־בָּבֶל וּלְכָדָהּ׃
4 Then the officials said to the king, “Let that man be put to death, for he disheartens the soldiers, and all the people who are left in this city, by speaking such things to them. That man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm!”
ד וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַשָּׂרִים אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ יוּמַת נָא אֶת־הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה כִּי־עַל־כֵּן הוּא־מְרַפֵּא אֶת־יְדֵי אַנְשֵׁי הַמִּלְחָמָה הַנִּשְׁאָרִים בָּעִיר הַזֹּאת וְאֵת יְדֵי כָל־הָעָם לְדַבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם כַּדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה כִּי הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה אֵינֶנּוּ דֹרֵשׁ לְשָׁלוֹם לָעָם הַזֶּה כִּי אִם־לְרָעָה׃
5 King Tzidkiyahu replied, “He is in your hands; the king cannot oppose you in anything!”
va-YO-mer ha-ME-lekh tzid-ki-YA-hu hi-nay HU b’-yed-KHEM kee AYN ha-ME-lekh yu-KHAL et-KHEM da-VAR
ה וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ הִנֵּה־הוּא בְּיֶדְכֶם כִּי־אֵין הַמֶּלֶךְ יוּכַל אֶתְכֶם דָּבָר׃
6 So they took Yirmiyahu and put him down in the pit of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the prison compound; they let Yirmiyahu down by ropes. There was no water in the pit, only mud, and Yirmiyahu sank into the mud.
8 so Eved Melech left the king’s palace, and spoke to the king:
ח וַיֵּצֵא עֶבֶד־מֶלֶךְ מִבֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ וַיְדַבֵּר אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ לֵאמֹר׃
9 “O lord king, those men have acted wickedly in all they did to the navi Yirmiyahu; they have put him down in the pit, to die there of hunger.” For there was no more bread in the city.
ט אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ הֵרֵעוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵלֶּה אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ לְיִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא אֵת אֲשֶׁר־הִשְׁלִיכוּ אֶל־הַבּוֹר וַיָּמָת תַּחְתָּיו מִפְּנֵי הָרָעָב כִּי אֵין הַלֶּחֶם עוֹד בָּעִיר׃
va-yay-TZAY yir-mi-YA-hu mee-ru-sha-LA-yim la-LE-khet E-retz bin-ya-MIN la-kha-LIK mi-SHAM b’-TOKH ha-AM
37:12 And go to the territory of Binyamin
The Egyptians manage to temporarily repulse the Babylonian invaders, thus ending the siege of Yerushalayim. With the siege lifted, Yirmiyahu leaves the capital for the tribal land of Binyamin, to inherit a portion of land. The area of Binyamin encompasses the mountain ridges found to the immediate north of Yerushalayim, and included Yirmiyahu’s hometown, the priestly city Anatot. This has been identified with the contemporary Arab village of Anata, which is now a neighborhood of Jerusalem.Comment
14 King Tzidkiyahu sent for the navi Yirmiyahu, and had him brought to him at the third entrance of the House of Hashem. And the king said to Yirmiyahu, “I want to ask you something; don’t conceal anything from me.”
15 Yirmiyahu answered the king, “If I tell you, you’ll surely kill me; and if I give you advice, you won’t listen to me.”
16 Thereupon King Tzidkiyahu secretly promised Yirmiyahu on oath: “As Hashem lives who has given us this life, I will not put you to death or leave you in the hands of those men who seek your life.”
17 Then Yirmiyahu said to Tzidkiyahu, “Thus said Hashem, the God of Hosts, the God of Yisrael: If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down. You and your household will live.
18 But if you do not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be delivered into the hands of the Chaldeans, who will burn it down; and you will not escape from them.”
יח וְאִם לֹא־תֵצֵא אֶל־שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל וְנִתְּנָה הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בְּיַד הַכַּשְׂדִּים וּשְׂרָפוּהָ בָּאֵשׁ וְאַתָּה לֹא־תִמָּלֵט מִיָּדָם׃
19 King Tzidkiyahu said to Yirmiyahu, “I am worried about the Judeans who have defected to the Chaldeans; that they [the Chaldeans] might hand me over to them to abuse me.”
20 “They will not hand you over,” Yirmiyahu replied. “Listen to the voice of Hashem, to what I tell you, that it may go well with you and your life be spared.
כ וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ לֹא יִתֵּנוּ שְׁמַע־נָא בְּקוֹל יְהוָה לַאֲשֶׁר אֲנִי דֹּבֵר אֵלֶיךָ וְיִיטַב לְךָ וּתְחִי נַפְשֶׁךָ׃
21 For this is what Hashem has shown me if you refuse to surrender:
כא וְאִם־מָאֵן אַתָּה לָצֵאת זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר הִרְאַנִי יְהוָה׃