Jeremiah 37

Jeremiah 37:13-17
37:13 But when he reached the Benjamin Gate [located on north wall of city on road leading to Benjamin], the captain of the guard, whose name was Irijah [name means “the Lord sees or provides”] son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah [not the false prophet who had challenged Jeremiah (cf. Jer. 28:1,10)], arrested him and said, “You are deserting [an understandable accusation since Jeremiah had urged others to desert (cf. Jer. 21: 9; 38:2); others had already defected to the enemy (cf. Jer. 38:19; 52:15)] to the Babylonians!”

37:14 “That’s not true!” Jeremiah said. “I am not deserting to the Babylonians.” But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

37:15 They [these officials showed no sympathy to Jeremiah] were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten and imprisoned in the house [presumably a large house] of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.

37:16 Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon [a filthy and unhealthy place], where he remained a long time [the exact duration not specified].

37:17 Then King Zedekiah [Zedekiah was a puppet king set up by Nebuchadnezzar after the exile of Jehoiachin (cf. Jer. 37:1)] sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately [Zedekiah was afraid of his officials], “Is there any word from the LORD?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied [note that Jeremiah did not compromise the truth, even under duress], “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.”

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