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But Zedekiah, his officials, and everyone else in Judah ignored everything the Lord had told me.

3-5 Later, the Babylonian army attacked Jerusalem, but they left after learning that the Egyptian army[a] was headed in this direction.

One day, Zedekiah sent Jehucal and the priest Zephaniah[b] to talk with me. At that time, I was free to go wherever I wanted, because I had not yet been put in prison. Jehucal and Zephaniah said, “Jeremiah, please pray to the Lord our God for us.”

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Footnotes

  1. 37.3-5 Egyptian army: Led by King Apries, also known as Hophra.
  2. 37.3-5 Jehucal and the priest Zephaniah: Hebrew “Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah.”

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