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THE CHILDREN'S BIBLE
But when the public officials of Judah heard of these things, they came up from the palace to the temple of Jehovah and held court at the entrance, at the new gate of the temple. Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to the people, "This man should be put to death, for he has prophesied against this city as you have heard with your own ears." But Jeremiah answered the officials and all the people, "It was Jehovah who sent me to prophesy against this temple and city all that you have heard. Now there­fore change your ways and your deeds and listen to Jehovah your God; and he will not do the evil things that he has threatened to do to you. But as for me, see, I am in your power; do to me as you think right and proper. Only remember that, if you put me to death, you will bring upon yourselves and upon this city and upon its in­habitants guilt for shedding innocent blood, for Jehovah has indeed sent me to you to tell you all these things."
Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets, "This man does not deserve to die, for he has spoken to us in the name of Jehovah our God." Certain of the elders of the land rose and said to the assembly of the people, "Micah prophe­sied in the days when Hezekiah ruled over Judah, and said to the people of Judah, 'Jehovah of hosts says:
" Zion shall be ploughed as a field, Jerusalem shall become a ruin, The temple-mount an overgrown hill."'
"Did Hezekiah and the people of Judah put him to death? Did they not rather fear Jehovah and ask him to forgive them, so that he did not do the evil things that he had threatened to do to them ? But we are in danger of doing great harm to ourselves?"
THE SAD FATE OF A GUILTY NATION
Jerusalem was taken in the eleventh year of the rule of Zede-kiah, on the ninth day of the fourth month. An opening was made through the walls, and all the princes of the king of Babylon came and sat in the middle gate. When Zedekiah, the ruler of Judah, and all the warriors saw them, they fled and left the city by night by the way of the royal garden, through the gate between the two walls, and went out toward the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans
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