Baana son of Ahilud was in charge of Taanach and Megiddo, 1 as well as all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah and on past Jokmeam.
He prayed: 1 “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven above or on earth below! You maintain covenantal loyalty 2 to your servants who obey you with sincerity. 3
This happened because the Israelites sinned against the Lord their God, who brought them up from the land of Egypt and freed them from the power of 1 Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped 2 other gods;
Look up at the sky! Look at the earth below! For the sky will dissipate 1 like smoke, and the earth will wear out like clothes; its residents will die like gnats. But the deliverance I give 2 is permanent; the vindication I provide 3 will not disappear. 4
Ebed Melech 1 called down to Jeremiah, “Put these rags and worn-out clothes under your armpits to pad the ropes. 2 Jeremiah did as Ebed Melech instructed. 3