Jeremiah 28:1-17 NLT

Jeremiah 28:1-17 NLT [1] One day in late summer of that same year-the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah-Hananiah son of Azzur, a prophet from Gibeon, addressed me publicly in the Temple while all the priests and people listened. He said, [2] "This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says: 'I will remove the yoke of the king of Babylon from your necks. [3] Within two years I will bring back all the Temple treasures that King Nebuchadnezzar carried off to Babylon. [4] And I will bring back Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the other captives that were taken to Babylon. I will surely break the yoke that the king of Babylon has put on your necks. I, the LORD, have spoken!'" [5] Jeremiah responded to Hananiah as they stood in front of all the priests and people at the Temple. [6] He said, "Amen! May your prophecies come true! I hope the LORD does everything you say. I hope he does bring back from Babylon the treasures of this Temple and all the captives. [7] But listen now to the solemn words I speak to you in the presence of all these people. [8] The ancient prophets who preceded you and me spoke against many nations, always warning of war, disaster, and disease. [9] So a prophet who predicts peace must show he is right. Only when his predictions come true can we know that he is really from the LORD." [10] Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off Jeremiah's neck and broke it in pieces. [11] And Hananiah said again to the crowd that had gathered, "This is what the LORD says: 'Just as this yoke has been broken, within two years I will break the yoke of oppression from all the nations now subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.'" With that, Jeremiah left the Temple area. [12] Soon after this confrontation with Hananiah, the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah: [13] "Go and tell Hananiah, 'This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but you have replaced it with a yoke of iron. [14] The LORD of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, forcing them into slavery under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.'" [15] Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, "Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, but the people believe your lies. [16] Therefore, this is what the LORD says: 'You must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the LORD.'" [17] Two months later the prophet Hananiah died.

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