He took away all the gold and silver, all the items found in God’s temple that were in the care of Obed-Edom, the riches in the royal palace, and some hostages. Then he went back to Samaria.
So Hathach went to Mordecai at the plaza of the city in front of the king’s gate.
May their camp become desolate, their tents uninhabited! 1
If you are careful to 1 obey these commands, then the kings who follow in David’s succession and ride in chariots or on horses will continue to come through the gates of this palace, as will their officials and their subjects. 2
“‘For the Lord says concerning the palace of the king of Judah, “This place looks like a veritable forest of Gilead to me. It is like the wooded heights of Lebanon in my eyes. But I swear that I will make it like a wilderness whose towns have all been deserted. 1
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.
He went down to the chamber of the royal secretary in the king’s palace and found all the court officials in session there. Elishama 1 the royal secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, 2 Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials were seated there.
Then King Zedekiah had him brought to the palace. There he questioned him privately and asked him, 1 “Is there any message from the Lord?” Jeremiah answered, “Yes, there is.” Then he announced, 2 “You will be handed over to the king of Babylon.” 3
Then King Zedekiah ordered that Jeremiah be committed to the courtyard of the guardhouse. He also ordered that a loaf of bread 1 be given to him every day from the baker’s street until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah was kept 2 in the courtyard of the guardhouse.
‘Look, a time is 1 coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.
Now there happened to be a Jewish man in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai. 1 He was the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjaminite,
The couriers who were riding the royal horses went forth with the king’s edict without delay. 1 And the law was presented in Susa the citadel as well.
Does it make you any more of a king that you outstrip everyone else in 1 building with cedar? Just think about your father. He was content that he had food and drink. 2 He did what was just and right. 3 So things went well with him.