The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent to him Pashur the son of Melchiah…
Kingdoms have their cares, and thrones their thorns. Antigonus cried of his diadem, "O base rag," not worth taking up at a man's feet. Julian complained of his own unhappiness in being made emperor. Diocletian laid down the empire as weary of it. Thirty of the ancient kings of this our land, said Capgrave, resigned their crowns; such were their cares, crosses, and emulations. Zedekiah now could gladly have done as much. But since that might not be, he sendeth to Jeremiah, whom in his prosperity he had slighted, and, to gratify his wicked counsellors, wrongfully imprisoned.
Parallel VersesKJV: The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,