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Uriah the very minor prophet has the dubious distinction of being mentioned immediately after the only place in the Old Testament where one prophet quotes another one and identifies his source: Jeremiah quotes Micah’s prophecy against Jerusalem (Jeremiah 26:18), and then tells the story of Uriah (Jeremiah 26:20–23).

Uriah also prophesied against Jerusalem, so (unlike King Hezekiah with Micah) King Jehoiakim tried to kill him. He briefly escaped to Egypt, but unfortunately, Judah and Egypt had mutual extradition treaties at that time as a result of Egypt’s victory over Jehoiakim’s father Jehoahaz, so a man named Elnathan brought him back, and the king killed him.

The example of Uriah shows how the people of Judah in Jeremiah’s time responded to the words of God: the king, the priests, and the prophets reject it and attempt to murder those who spoke it, but the people hear and, if not obeying, at least don’t shoot the messenger.