“Thus says Yahweh.
‘Go down to the house
Of the king of Judah!
Speak there this word!’
‘Hear the word of Yahweh!
O King of Judah!
Sitting on the throne
Who enter these gates!’”
Yahweh sends Jeremiah to the king of Judah. He was to speak these words of Yahweh to the king who sat on the throne of David. The king, his servants, and all the people in Jerusalem were to listen to God’s word as proclaimed by Jeremiah. Jeremiah was to speak truth to power. This is more or less a reinforcement of the preceding chapter.
“Meanwhile all Judah stood before Yahweh, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then the Spirit of Yahweh came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the middle of the assembly. He said. ‘Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. Thus says Yahweh to you.
‘Do not fear!
Do not be dismayed at this great multitude!
The battle is not yours but God’s.
Tomorrow go down against them.
They will come up by the ascent of Ziz.
You will find them at the end of the valley,
Before the wilderness of Jeruel.
The battle is nor for you to fight.
Take your position.
See the victory of the Yahweh on your behalf,
O Judah and Jerusalem.
Do not fear!
Do not be dismayed.
Tomorrow go out against them.
Yahweh will be with you.’”
Suddenly all of Judah was in Jerusalem with King Jehoshaphat. Everyone had their whole family, wives and children. The Spirit of Yahweh came upon one of the Levite singers. Jahaziel son of Zechariah was not a traditional prophet. Although there others with this same name, this is the only time that he appears as a prophet. Yahweh will speak through him. He told the assembled people that they were not to be afraid or be dismayed. This was a battle of Yahweh and not the people of Judah. Yahweh would give them victory tomorrow because he is with them.