Jeremiah 28: Dealing with the false prophet Hananiah
Comment: This chapter is a simple account of how a false
prophet contended with Jeremiah – and ended up dying!]
Hananiah brings a false prophecy
the fifth month of that same year, the
fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah,
the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from
Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of
the priests and all the people:
is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “I will break
the yoke of the king of Babylon.
two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of
the Lord's house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from
here and took to Babylon.
will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim
king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to
Babylon”, declares the Lord, “for I will break the yoke of the
king of Babylon.”'
Jeremiah warns that such a prophecy is only recognised if it is
the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the
priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the
He said, ‘Amen!
May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfil the words you have prophesied
by bringing the articles of the Lord's house and all the exiles
back to this place from Babylon.
listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing
of all the people:
early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied
war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.
the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognised as one truly
sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.'
Hananiah breaks Jeremiah's yoke
the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet
Jeremiah and broke it,
he said before all the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: “In
the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
off the neck of all the nations within two years.”' At this, the
prophet Jeremiah went on his way.
The Lord's word of rebuke comes
the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet
Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:
and tell Hananiah, “This is what the Lord says: you have broken
a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron.
The wooden yoke will be replaced by one of the iron yoke of Nebuchadnezzar
is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put
an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will
even give him control over the wild animals.”'
Jeremiah warns Hananiah and he dies
the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, ‘Listen, Hananiah!
The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation
to trust in lies.
this is what the Lord says: “I am about to remove you from the
face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because
you have preached rebellion against the Lord.”'
the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet die
to Chapter 29