Jeremiah 38:26
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New International Version
then tell them, 'I was pleading with the king not to send me back to Jonathan's house to die there.'"

New Living Translation
If this happens, just tell them you begged me not to send you back to Jonathan's dungeon, for fear you would die there."

English Standard Version
then you shall say to them, ‘I made a humble plea to the king that he would not send me back to the house of Jonathan to die there.’”

New American Standard Bible
then you are to say to them, 'I was presenting my petition before the king, not to make me return to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"

King James Bible
Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
then you will tell them, 'I was bringing before the king my petition that he not return me to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"

International Standard Version
then you are to say to them, 'I was presenting my request to the king that I not be taken back to the house of Jonathan to die there.'"

NET Bible
If they do this, tell them, 'I was pleading with the king not to send me back to die in the dungeon of Jonathan's house.'"

New Heart English Bible
then you shall tell them, 'I presented my petition before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If they come to you, say to them, 'I asked the king not to send me back to Jonathan's house to die there.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
then thou shalt say unto them: I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.'

New American Standard 1977
then you are to say to them, ‘I was presenting my petition before the king, not to make me return to the house of Jonathan to die there.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

King James 2000 Bible
Then you shall say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

American King James Version
Then you shall say to them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

American Standard Version
then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt say to them: I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not command me to be carried back into the house of Jonathan, to die there.

Darby Bible Translation
then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

English Revised Version
then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then thou shalt say to them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

World English Bible
then you shall tell them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

Young's Literal Translation
then thou hast said unto them, I am causing my supplication to fall before the king, not to cause me to return to the house of Jonathan, to die there.'
Study Bible
Jeremiah Again Warns Zedekiah
25"But if the officials hear that I have talked with you and come to you and say to you, 'Tell us now what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us and we will not put you to death,' 26then you are to say to them, 'I was presenting my petition before the king, not to make me return to the house of Jonathan to die there.'" 27Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him. So he reported to them in accordance with all these words which the king had commanded; and they ceased speaking with him, since the conversation had not been overheard.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 37:15
Then the officials were angry at Jeremiah and beat him, and they put him in jail in the house of Jonathan the scribe, which they had made into the prison.

Jeremiah 37:20
"But now, please listen, O my lord the king; please let my petition come before you and do not make me return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, that I may not die there."

Jeremiah 38:27
Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him. So he reported to them in accordance with all these words which the king had commanded; and they ceased speaking with him, since the conversation had not been overheard.
Treasury of Scripture

Then you shall say to them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there.

Jeremiah 37:15,20 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put …

Jeremiah 42:2 And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech you, our supplication …

Esther 4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given …

Then thou shalt say unto them,.... Here the king puts words into the prophet's mouth, what he should say to the princes, to put them off from inquiring further, and so keep the matter a secret:

I presented my supplication before the king; or "caused it to fall" (d); delivered it in an humble and submissive manner:

that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan's house, to die there; this he had entreated of the king before, Jeremiah 37:20; and now, no doubt, renewed his request, having this fair opportunity with the king alone to do it; or, however, it is highly probable he did it upon this hint of the king. This shows how much the king stood in fear of his princes in this time of his distress; and that he had only the name of a king, and had not courage and resolution enough to act of himself, according to the dictates of his mind; yea, that he feared men more than he feared the Lord.

(d) "cadere feci deprecationem meam", Pagninus; "cadere faciens fui", &c. Schmidt. 26. presented—literally, "made my supplication to fall"; implying supplication with humble prostration (see on [954]Jer 36:7).

Jonathan's house—(Jer 37:15), different from Malchiah's dungeon (Jer 38:6). This statement was true, though not the whole truth; the princes had no right to the information; no sanction is given by Scripture here to Jeremiah's representation of this being the cause of his having come to the king. Fear drove him to it. Compare Ge 20:2, 12; on the other hand, 1Sa 16:2, 5.

left off speaking with—Hebrew, "were silent from him," that is, withdrawing from him they left him quiet (1Sa 7:8, Margin).38:14-28 Jeremiah was not forward to repeat the warnings, which seemed only to endanger his own life, and to add to the king's guilt, but asked whether he feared to do the will of God. The less men fear God, the more they fear men; often they dare not act according to their own judgments and consciences.
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