David told the entire assembly: “Praise the Lord your God!” So the entire assembly praised the Lord God of their ancestors; they bowed down and stretched out flat on the ground before the Lord and the king.
Let our leaders take steps 1 on behalf of all the assembly. Let all those in our towns who have married foreign women come at an appointed time, and with them the elders of each town and its judges, until the hot anger of our God is turned away from us in this matter.”
The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence? 1
Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 2 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
In fact, 1 I hear a cry like that of a woman in labor, a cry of anguish like that of a woman giving birth to her first baby. It is the cry of Daughter Zion 2 gasping for breath, reaching out for help, 3 saying, “I am done in! 4 My life is ebbing away before these murderers!”
The Lord said, 1 “Go up and down 2 through the streets of Jerusalem. 3 Look around and see for yourselves. Search through its public squares. See if any of you can find a single person who deals honestly and tries to be truthful. 4 If you can, 5 then I will not punish this city. 6
“Please ask the Lord to come and help us, 1 because King Nebuchadnezzar 2 of Babylon is attacking us. Maybe the Lord will perform one of his miracles as in times past and make him stop attacking us and leave.” 3
He said through them, 1 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 2 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 3
I also told them, 1 “If they are really prophets and the Lord is speaking to them, 2 let them pray earnestly to the Lord who rules over all. 3 Let them plead with him not to let the valuable articles that are still left in the Lord’s temple, in the royal palace, and in Jerusalem be taken away 4 to Babylon.
Then the prophet Jeremiah told the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord did not send you! You are making these people trust in a lie! 1
The officials may hear that I have talked with you. They may come to you and say, ‘Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you. 1 Do not hide anything from us. If you do, we will kill you.’ 2
Then Johanan son of Kareah spoke privately to Gedaliah there at Mizpah, “Let me go and kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah before anyone knows about it. Otherwise he will kill you 1 and all the Judeans who have rallied around you will be scattered. Then what remains of Judah will disappear.”
They said to him, “Please grant our request 1 and pray to the Lord your God for all those of us who are still left alive here. 2 For, as you yourself can see, there are only a few of us left out of the many there were before. 3