The prophet of God suffers prison for preaching the truth, a reminder that Christians everywhere are suffering for the Lord.

BibleGateway: Jeremiah 37:6-17

ESV Text: Jeremiah 37:6-17

Jeremiah 37:6–17 (Listen)

Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet: “Thus says the LORD, God of Israel: Thus shall you say to the king of Judah who sent you to me to inquire of me, ‘Behold, Pharaoh’s army that came to help you is about to return to Egypt, to its own land. And the Chaldeans shall come back and fight against this city. They shall capture it and burn it with fire. Thus says the LORD, Do not deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,” for they will not go away. 10 For even if you should defeat the whole army of Chaldeans who are fighting against you, and there remained of them only wounded men, every man in his tent, they would rise up and burn this city with fire.’”

Jeremiah Imprisoned

11 Now when the Chaldean army had withdrawn from Jerusalem at the approach of Pharaoh’s army, 12 Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to receive his portion there among the people. 13 When he was at the Benjamin Gate, a sentry there named Irijah the son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah, seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “You are deserting to the Chaldeans.” 14 And Jeremiah said, “It is a lie; I am not deserting to the Chaldeans.” But Irijah would not listen to him, and seized Jeremiah and brought him to the officials. 15 And the officials were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison.

16 When Jeremiah had come to the dungeon cells and remained there many days, 17 King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, “Is there any word from the LORD?” Jeremiah said, “There is.” Then he said, “You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.”


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 37
6 Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to inquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh’s army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. 8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire. 9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. 10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.

     11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh’s army, 12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people. 13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans. 14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. 15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison. 16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; 17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 781:
Preach You the Word


God’s people praise Him with music, singing of His faithfulness.

BibleGateway: Psalm 57:7-11

ESV Text: Psalm 57:7-11

Psalm 57:7–11 (Listen)

  My heart is steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast!
  I will sing and make melody!
    Awake, my glory!1
  Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
  I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10   For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

11   Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!


[1] 57:8 Or my whole being


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 57

     7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 30:
Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices — Organ Audio

1. Oh that I had a thousand voices 
To praise my God with thousand tongues! 
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices, 
Would then proclaim in grateful songs 
To all, wherever I might be, 
What great things God hath done for me. 

2. O all ye powers that He implanted, 
Arise, and silence keep no more; 
Put forth the strength that He hath granted, 
Your noblest work is to adore. 
O soul and body, be ye meet 
With heartfelt praise your Lord to greet! 

3. Ye forest leaves so green and tender, 
That dance for joy in summer air; 
Ye meadow grasses, bright and slender; 
Ye flowers so wondrous sweet and fair; 
Ye live to show His praise alone, 
With me now make His glory known. 

4. All creatures that have breath and motion, 
That throng the earth, the sea, the sky, 
Now join me in my heart’s devotion, 
Help me to raise His praises high, 
My utmost powers can ne’er aright 
Declare the wonders of His might. 

5. Lord, I will tell, while I am living, 
Thy goodness forth with every breath 
And greet each morning with thanksgiving 
Until my heart is still in death; 
Yea, when at last my lips grow cold, 
Thy praise shall in my sighs be told. 

6. O Father, deign Thou, I beseech Thee, 
To listen to my earthly lays; 
A nobler strain in heaven shall reach Thee, 
When I with angels hymn Thy praise 
And learn amid their choirs to sing 
Loud hallelujahs to my King.