26:15 But you should take careful note of this: If you put me to death, you will bring on yourselves and this city and those who live in it the guilt of murdering an innocent man. For the Lord has sent me to speak all this where you can hear it. That is the truth!” 1
26:16 Then the officials and all the people rendered their verdict to the priests and the prophets. They said, 2 “This man should not be condemned to die. 3 For he has spoken to us under the authority of the Lord our God.” 4
1 tn Heb “For in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak in your ears all these words/things.”
2 tn Heb “Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets…”
3 sn Contrast v. 11.
4 tn Heb “For in the name of the Lord our God he has spoken to us.” The emphasis is on “in the name of…”
sn The priests and false prophets claimed that they were speaking in the Lord’s name (i.e., as his representatives and with his authority [see 1 Sam 25:9; 1 Kgs 21:8 and cf. the study note on Jer 23:27]) and felt that Jeremiah’s claims to be doing so were false (see v. 9). Jeremiah (and the Lord) charged that the opposite was the case (cf. 14:14-15; 23:21). The officials and the people, at least at this time, accepted his claims that the Lord had sent him (vv. 12, 15).