Jeremiah 37 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 37
The Message

In an Underground Dungeon

37King Zedekiah son of Josiah, a puppet king set on the throne by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the land of Judah, was now king in place of Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim.H4428H6667H1121H2977H4427H3659H1121H3079H5019H4428H894H4427H776H3063 2But neither he nor his officials nor the people themselves paid a bit of attention to the Message GOD gave by Jeremiah the prophet.H5650H5971H776H8085H1697H3068H1696H3027H5030H3414 3However, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "Pray for us—pray hard!—to the Master, our GOD."H6667H4428H7971H3081H1121H8018H6846H1121H4641H3548H5030H3414H559H6419H3068H430 4Jeremiah was still moving about freely among the people in those days. This was before he had been put in jail.H3414H935H3318H8432H5971H5414H1004H3628 5Pharaoh's army was marching up from Egypt. The Chaldeans fighting against Jerusalem heard that the Egyptians were coming and pulled back.H6547H2428H3318H4714H3778H6696H3389H8085H8088H5927H3389 6Then Jeremiah the prophet received this Message from GOD:H1697H3068H5030H3414H559 7"I, the GOD of Israel, want you to give this Message to the king of Judah, who has just sent you to me to find out what he should do. Tell him, 'Get this: Pharaoh's army, which is on its way to help you, isn't going to stick it out. No sooner will they get here than they'll leave and go home to Egypt.H559H3068H430H3478H559H4428H3063H7971H1875H6547H2428H3318H5833H7725H4714H776 8And then the Babylonians will come back and resume their attack, capture this city and burn it to the ground.H3778H7725H3898H5892H3920H8313H784 9I, GOD, am telling you: Don't kid yourselves, reassuring one another, "The Babylonians will leave in a few days." I tell you, they aren't leaving.H559H3068H5377H5315H559H3778H1980H3212H3212 10Why, even if you defeated the entire attacking Chaldean army and all that was left were a few wounded soldiers in their tents, the wounded would still do the job and burn this city to the ground.'"H5221H2428H3778H3898H7604H1856H582H6965H376H168H8313H5892H784 11When the Chaldean army pulled back from Jerusalem,H2428H3778H5927H3389H6440H6547H2428 12Jeremiah left Jerusalem to go over to the territory of Benjamin to take care of some personal business.H3414H3318H3389H3212H776H1144H2505H8432H5971 13When he got to the Benjamin Gate, the officer on guard there, Irijah son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah, grabbed Jeremiah the prophet, accusing him, "You're deserting to the Chaldeans!"H8179H1144H1167H6488H8034H3376H1121H8018H1121H2608H8610H3414H5030H559H5307H3778 14"That's a lie," protested Jeremiah. "I wouldn't think of deserting to the Chaldeans." But Irijah wouldn't listen to him. He arrested him and took him to the police.H559H3414H8267H5307H3778H8085H3376H8610H3414H935H8269 15The police were furious with Jeremiah. They beat him up and threw him into jail in the house of Jonathan the secretary of state. (They were using the house for a prison cell.)H8269H7107H3414H5221H5414H612H1004H3083H5608H6213H3608 16So Jeremiah entered an underground cell in a cistern turned into a dungeon. He stayed there a long time.H3414H935H1004H953H2588H3414H3427H7227H3117 17Later King Zedekiah had Jeremiah brought to him. The king questioned him privately, "Is there a Message from GOD?" "There certainly is," said Jeremiah. "You're going to be turned over to the king of Babylon."H6667H4428H7971H3947H4428H7592H5643H1004H559H1697H3068H3414H559H3426H559H5414H3027H4428H894 18Jeremiah continued speaking to King Zedekiah: "Can you tell me why you threw me into prison? What crime did I commit against you or your officials or this people?H3414H559H4428H6667H2398H5650H5971H5414H1004H3608 19And tell me, whatever has become of your prophets who preached all those sermons saying that the king of Babylon would never attack you or this land?H346H5030H5012H559H4428H894H935H776 20Listen to me, please, my master—my king! Please don't send me back to that dungeon in the house of Jonathan the secretary. I'll die there!"H8085H113H4428H8467H5307H6440H7725H1004H3083H5608H4191 21So King Zedekiah ordered that Jeremiah be assigned to the courtyard of the palace guards. He was given a loaf of bread from Bakers' Alley every day until all the bread in the city was gone. And that's where Jeremiah remained—in the courtyard of the palace guards.H6667H4428H6680H6485H3414H2691H4307H5414H3117H3603H3899H644H2351H3899H5892H8552H3414H3427H2691H4307


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