1. At the beginning* of the reign* of Jehoiakim,* son of Josiah,* king of Judea, there came this manifestation* upon Jeremiah from* the Lord, and he said,
2. Thus says the Lord, "Stand in the courtyard of the Lord's House and tell all the towns of Judea, who have come to worship in the House of the Lord all the instructions* that I order you to preach* to them; do not hold back* one single word.
3. "They may well listen and repent, each man from his evil ways, so as the evil that was intended to befall them may be set aside,* [the evil that was intended for them] on account of the evil of their works.
4. "And say to them," thus said the Lord, "If you do not listen to me and follow my Law that I placed* before you,
5. "And listen to the utterance of my servants the prophets whom I sent to you, those that I rose everyday and sent but that you did not listen to.
6. "I [allowed them] to make this house like Shiloh, and I shall give this town to be cursed by all the nations of the earth."
7. All the high priests, the lying prophets, and all the nations heard Jeremiah the Prophet as he uttered these instructions* in the House of the Lord.
8. And as Jeremiah concluded everything that the Lord had commanded him to say to all the people, the lying high priests, the lying prophets and all the people took him [aside] and said to him,
9. "The one who prophesies in the name of the Lord shall be killed,* [the one who says] this house here shall become like Shiloh and this town shall be destroyed [on account of] the residents."
10. Also,* the noblemen* of Judea heard these utterances, so they went up from the house of the king* to the House of the Lord,* and they sat at the entrance of the door to the House of the Lord.
11. And the lying high priests and the lying prophets said to the noblemen* and to all the nations to say, "This man who prophesies against this town and its inhabitants, as you have heard with your own ears, deserves* the judgment* of death."
12. Then Jeremiah said to all the noblemen and to all the nation, "It is the Lord who sent me to prophesy regarding* this town all these utterances that you heard.
13. "Now, then, make good your ways and listen to the voice of your Lord God, and the Lord shall rest from the evil that was pronounced over you.
14. "And I am now, behold, in your hands; do to me what is good and beautiful in your eyes.
15. "However, know this well,* that if you kill me, it is innocent blood that you will bring* upon yourselves, upon this town and its inhabitants, because truly it is the Lord who sent me to you, to utter into your ears all these prophesies."*
16. Then the noblemen and all the common people said to the lying high priests and the lying prophets, "This man does not deserve to die because it is in the name of our Lord God he commanded us."
17. And there rose men from the elders of the land who declared to all the people gathered,
18. "Micah Mearshayah* prophesied in the days of Hezekiah, King of Judea, who said to all the nation of Judah, 'Thus says the Lord, the Supreme God of Israel: Zion shall become a field to be had,* and Jerusalem shall become a ruin, and the mountain shall become home to [a nation of servants.*]'"
19. Why, then, did Hezekiah, King of Judea have him utterly killed?* Or, did all of Judea [call for his death?] But, no,* they submitted to the Lord and prayed on their knees before him, and the Lord refrained* from the evil that he had spoken of regarding them. Yet we want to bring this evil upon us.*
20. There was another man who prophesied in the name of the Lord -- Uriah son of Shimayah from the village of Naarin; he prophesied over this village and this land, the same as all the prophesies* of Jeremiah,
21. And King Jehoiakim, all his servants and all his noblemen heard his prophesies,* so the king wanted to kill him, but* Uriah heard about it and became frightened;* he fled and went to Egypt.
22. He ordered Uriah to be brought from Egypt, so they brought him to King Jehoiakim and he killed him with the sword and threw his body upon the graves of the people.*
23. However, the hand of Akhiqam son of Shapan was upn Jeremiah, so as he may not be delivered into the hands of the people to be killed.
*26:1.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Head." *26:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Kingship."
*26:1.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Youyieqam."
*26:1.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Youshieya."
*26:1.5 Lit. Ar. id.: "Utterance," "Oracle," or "instructions."
*26:1.6 Lit. Ar. id.: "From before."
*26:2.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Utterance," or "commandment."
*26:2.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "To say."
*26:2.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reduce."
*26:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Ended," or "calmed."
*26:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gave."
*26:7 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "present these arguments."
*26:9 NB! This was the reason why the lying high priests of Jerusalem decided to kill Jesus. It was the lying high priests that would call for the death of Jesus.
*26:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*26:10.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Great ones."
*26:10.3 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "The Palace."
*26:10.4 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "The Temple."
*26:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Great ones."
*26:11.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Sentence."
*26:11.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Is due."
*26:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Against."
*26:15.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Understand," or "knowingly know."
*26.15.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Think."
*26:15.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Instructions."
*26:18.1 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Of Moresheth."
*26:18.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Fetched," or "appropriated."
*26:18.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And mountain becomes house to house servant."
*26:19.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Killingly killed."
*26:19.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Except."
*26:19.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rested."
*26:19.4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And we, then, wanted that this evil should be performed against our souls."
*26:20 Lit. Ar. id.: "Predictions," or "instructions."
*26:21.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Predictions," or "instructions."
*26:21.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*26:21.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Submissive."
*26:22 Lit. Ar. id.: "Children of the Nation."
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