1. And there happened in that year, at the beginning* of the reign* of King Sidqaiah,* King of Judea, in the fourth year of the fifth month, there said to me Hananiah,* son of Azzur, a Lying Prophet from Gideon, in the House of the Lord, in spite of the high priest and in spite of all the people,
2. "Thus says the Almighty Lord, the God of Israel: I shall break the yoke of the King of Babylon.
3. "From here to two years, I shall bring to this country all the vessels of the House of the Lord that Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, took away from this country and that he took to Babylon,
4. "Together with Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, King of Judea, and all the captives of Judea that went to Babylon, I shall return them to this country," said the Lord, "because I shall break the yoke of the King of Babylon."
5. Then Jeremiah the Prophet said to Hananiah the Lying Prophet, in spite of the high priests and in spite of all the people that stood in the House of the Lord,
6. "Amen," said Jeremiah, "thus did the Lord; the Lord shall uphold the utterances you have prophesied, the return of the vessels of the House of the Lord, together with all the captives from Babylon to this country.
7. "However hear this utterance that I speak before you and before all the people here.
8. "The prophets that were before me and before the beginning of the world, who prophesied regarding great lands and great kingdoms [they did so with respect] to wars, evil and famine.
9. "[But] the prophet who prophesied [that there will be] peace, when that utterance of the prophet was fulfilled, that is the prophet the Lord truly did send."
10. Then the Lying Prophet removed the halter* from Jeremiah's neck, and he broke it.
11. Then Jeremiah said openly* before all the people, "Thus," said the Lord, "thus I shall break the yoke of Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, from now to two years, from the neck of all the nations," and thus Jeremiah the Prophet went on his way.
12. Thus the Manifestation* of the Lord came upon Jeremiah the Prophet after the Lying Prophet Hananiah broke the halter from Jeremiah the Prophet's neck:
13. "Go and tell Hananiah the Lying Prophet, thus said the Lord, 'The wooden halter that I broke, I shall make the yoke of steel in their stead.'
14. "For thus said the Almighty Lord, the God of Israel, a yoke of steel I have placed upon the necks of all these nations, to work for Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, and they shall work for him [indeed.] And the creatures of the wilderness I have also given them to work for him."
15. Then the Prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the Lying Prophet, "The Lord has not sent you and your testimony* to these people in vain.
16. "Because of that, thus said the Lord, 'Behold, I shall cast you from the face of the earth; this very year you shall die, as it was an abomination that which you spoke before the Lord.'"
17. Thus, Hananiah the Lying Prophet died in that year, in the seventh month.
*28:1.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Head." *28:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Kingdom."
*28:1.3 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Zedekiah."
*28:1.4 Lit. Aramaic name: "Hananiah."
*28:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Chokers."
*28:11 Lit. Ar. id.: "In spite."
*28:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Utterance."
*28:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "Affidavit."
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