The confrontation with Jeremiah (Jer 26:8-26:9)

“When Jeremiah had finished

Speaking everything

That Yahweh had commanded him

To speak

To all the people,

Then the priests,

The prophets,

With all the people

Laid hold of him.

Saying.

‘You shall die!

Why have you prophesied

In the name of Yahweh?

Saying.

‘This house shall be

Like Shiloh.

This city shall be desolate,

Without inhabitants.’

All the people gathered

Around Jeremiah

In the house of Yahweh.”

When Jeremiah had finished speaking what Yahweh had asked him to say to the people of Judah, the priests and the prophets were upset. They said that Jeremiah should die. Why had he prophesied in the name of Yahweh? Why did he compare Jerusalem to Shiloh? Why did he say that Jerusalem would be an abandoned city? Thus all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the Temple to confront him.

 

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