Jeremiah and Hananiah
1 Early in the reign of Ze dekiah, king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hana niah spoke to me. Hana niah son of Azzur from Gibeon proclaimed in Yahweh’s House in the presence of the priests and the people, 2 “This is what Yah weh the God of hosts and the God of Israel says: I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3 Within two years I will bring back to this place all the objects that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took away from Yah weh’s House and carried to Baby lon. 4 I will likewise bring back Jeko niah son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all who were taken from Judah and deported to Babylon. For I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon – word of Yahweh.”
5 Then Jeremiah replied to Hana niah in the presence of the priests and all the people, 6 “So be it! May Yahweh fulfill the words you have spoken and bring back from Baby lon to this place the objects taken from the House of Yahweh and all the exiles. 7 Yet hear now what I say in your hearing and the hearing of all the people.
8 The prophets who came before you and me continually proph esied war, disaster and plague to many nations and great kingdoms. 9 So the prophet who prophesies peace will not be recognized as truly sent by Yahweh, until his predictions are fulfilled.”
10 Then Hananiah took the yoke from the neck of Jeremiah and broke it. 11 Hananiah proclaimed in the presence of all the people, “Yah weh says this: In the same manner within two years will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar from the neck of all the nations.” Then Jere miah the prophet went on his way.
12 Some time later, a word of Yah weh came to Jeremiah, 13 “Go and tell this to Hananiah: This is what Yahweh says: You have broken a wooden yoke but in its place you will get a yoke of iron.
14 For this is what Yahweh the God of hosts and the God of Israel says: I am placing a yoke of iron on the neck of all the nations to make them serve Nebu chadnezzar king of Baby lon and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.”
15 Then Jeremiah said to Hana niah, “Listen! Hananiah, you have not been sent by Yahweh and yet you have deceived these people, giving them false hope with your lies. 16 That is why Yahweh says with regard to you: I am removing you from the face of the earth. You will die this very year because you have counseled rebellion against Yah weh.”
17 And in the seventh month of that year Hananiah died.
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