Jeremiah 11:18-23

The men in Anathoth want to kill Jeremiah.

18 The Lord showed me what the people were doing. Then I understood what was really happening. 19 I was like a young lamb that men will soon kill. I did not know about their plans to kill me. I had no idea what they had been saying. They were saying, ‘Sometimes people have to destroy a tree and its fruit. In the same way, Jeremiah must not continue to live in this world. Then people will forget all about him.’

11:18The Lord warned Jeremiah that people wanted to kill him.

20 So I said, ‘But Lord of all power, you judge in a fair way. You can see into the thoughts and minds of men. I believe that I have not done anything wrong. So I ask you to punish them. I trust you to do what is right.’

21 I heard that the men in Anathoth wanted to kill me. They said to me, ‘Do not go on telling us what the Lord says. If you do continue to give his messages to us, we will kill you.’ 22 So the Lord of all power said to me, ‘Yes, I will punish them. Their young men will die as they fight. And their children will not have enough food and so they will die. 23 I will destroy all the men in Anathoth when I punish them. There will not be one living man there at that time.’