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The Prophet Jeremiah

The Prophet Jeremiah, the Destruction of the First Temple
(Jeremiah 37 1-3)

 King Zedekiah son if Josiah, whom Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylonia, enthroned in the land of Judah, reigned in place of Coniah son of Jehoiakim.  He did not listen, [neither] he [nor] the people of the land, to the words of Hashem, which He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.  King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the Kohen to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “Please pray on our behalf unto Hashem, our God.”   

(Jeremiah 38 1-6) 
Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malchiah heard the things that Jeremiah was speaking to all the people, saying:  Thus said Hashem: Whoever remains in this city will die by the sword, by the famine or by the pestilence, whereas whoever goes out and [in surrender] to the Chaldeans will live; he will have his life as a booty, and he will live.  Thus said Hashem:  This city will surely be delivered into the hand of the army of the king of Babylonia, and he will capture it.  And the[se] officers said to the king, “Let this man be put to death now, because he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking to them such things.  For this man does not seek the welfare of this people, but rather [their] detriment.”  King Zedekiah then said, “Behold, he is in your hands; for the king has no word to dispute you.”  So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the pit of Malchiah son the king which was in the Courtyard of Confinement; they lowered Jeremiah with ropes.  In the pit there was no water, only mud; and Jeremiah sank [partially] into the mud.

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