THE LORD HAS TRULY SENT ME TO YOU TO SAY ALL THESE WORDS.
The priests and prophets addressed the officials and all the people, “This man deserves to die, since he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.” Jeremiah, however, replied to the people as follows, “The Lord himself sent me to say all the things you have heard against this Temple and this city. So now amend your behaviour and actions, listen to the voice of the Lord your God: if you do, he will relent and not bring down on you the disaster he has pronounced against you. For myself, I am as you see in your hands. Do whatever you please or think right with me. But be sure of this, that if you put me to death, you will be bringing innocent blood on yourselves, on this city and on its citizens, since the Lord has truly sent me to you to say all these words in your hearing.”
The officials and all the people then said to the priests and prophets, “This man does not deserve to die: he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.” But Jeremiah had a protector in Ahikam son of Shaphan, so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.