Hananiah prophesieth falsely the return of the vessels, and of Jeconiah.
Jeremiah 28:1 And thys was done in the same yeare: euen in the begynnynge of the raygne of Zedekiah kynge of Iuda. Bvt in the fourthe yeare of the raygne of Zedekiah kyng of Iuda, in the fyfth moneth, It happened, þt Hananiah þe sonne of Assur þe Prophet of Gabaon, spake to me in þe house of the Lord, in the presence of the priestes & of al the people, & sayd. Jeremiah 28:2 Thus sayeth the Lorde of Hostes the God of Israel: I haue broken the yocke of the kynge of Babilon, Jeremiah 28:3 and after two yeare wyll I bryng againe into thys place, all the ornamentes of the Lordes house, that Nabuchodonosor kynge of Babylon caryed awaye from thys place vnto Babylon. Jeremiah 28:4 Yea, I wyll brynge agayne Iechoniah the sonne of Iehoakim the kynge of Iuda hym selfe, with all the prysonners of Iuda (þt are caryed vnto Babylon) euen into this place sayeth the Lorde, for I wyll breake the yoeke of the kynge of Babylon.
Jeremiah, wishing it to be true, sheweth that the event will declare who are the true prophets.
Jeremiah 28:5 Then the Prophet Ieremye gaue aunswere vnto þe Prophete Hananiah, before the prestes and before all the people that were presente in the house of the Lorde. Jeremiah 28:6 And the Prophet Ieremye sayd: Amen: the Lord do that, & graunt the thynge, whiche thou hast prophecyed: that he maye brynge agayne all the ornamentes of the Lordes house, and restore all the presonners from Babylon into the place. Jeremiah 28:7 Neuertheles, herken thou also, what I wyll saye, that thou and all the people maye heare: Jeremiah 28:8 The Prophetes that were before vs in tymes paste, whiche prophecyed of warre, or trouble, or pestilence, Jeremiah 28:9 eyther of peace, vpon many nacyons and greate kyngedomes, were proued by this (yf God had sende them in very dede) when þe thynge came to passe, whiche that Prophete tolde before.
Hananiah breaketh Jeremiah's yoke.
Jeremiah 28:10 And Hananiah the Prophete toke þe chaine from the Prophet Ieremies neck, and brake it Jeremiah 28:11 and with that sayde Hananiah, that all the people myghte heare: Thus hath the Lorde spoken: Euen so wyll I breake the yocke of Nabuchodonosor kynge of Babylon, from the necke of all nacyons, yea & that within thys two yeare. And so the Prophete Ieremye went hys waye.
Jeremiah telleth of an iron yoke,
Jeremiah 28:12 Now after that Hananiah the prophet had taken the chayne from the Prophete Ieremyes necke, and broken it: The worde of the Lord came vnto the Prophete Ieremy saiynge: Jeremiah 28:13 Go, and tell Hananiah these wordes: Thus sayeth the Lorde: Thou haste broken the chayne of wode, but in steade of woode thou shalte make chaynes of yron. Jeremiah 28:14 For thus sayth the Lorde of hostes the God of Israel: I will put a yocke of yron vpon the necke of all thys people, þt they maye serue Nabuchodonosor the kynge of Babylon, yea & so shal they do. And I wyll geue him the beastes in the felde.
and foretelleth Hananiah's death.
Jeremiah 28:15 Then sayde the Prophete Ieremye vnto the prophet Hananiah: Heare me (I praye the) Hananiah: The Lorde hath not sent the, but thou bringest this people into a false belefe. Jeremiah 28:16 And therfore thus sayth the Lorde: beholde, I wyll sende the out of the land, & within a year thou shalte dye because thou haste falsely spoken agaynste the Lord. Jeremiah 28:17 So Hananiah the Prophete dyed the same yeare in the seuenth moneth.