Once again Jeremiah repeated a previous message, one delivered yet earlier, "in the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim." He had then been instructed to stand in the court of the Lord's house, and deliver his message in order to give an opportunity to the people to turn. The message itself warned them against refusing to hearken, and told of their persistent refusal and of the consequent judgment decided against them.
The message excited the hostility of the priests, prophets, and people. Jeremiah then told the story of his trial, saying he had been seized and condemned to die. The princes of Judah however, interfered, and he was placed on trial before them. The priests and the prophets charged him with speaking against the city. He answered that he had but delivered the message of Jehovah. The interference of the princes, and the defense of Jeremiah won the people to his side, and, with the princes, they declared to priests and prophets that he was not worthy of death. Certain of the elders addressed the people, declaring that to slay the prophet of the Lord would be sin, and instanced the cases of Micaiah and Uriah. Jeremiah was preserved by Ahikam.
the Second Week after Epiphany