21 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord when aKing Zedekiah sent to him bPashhur the son of Melchiah, and cZephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying, 2 d“Please inquire of the Lord for us, for 1Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works, that the king may go away from us.”
3 Then Jeremiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, 4 ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the 2Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and eI will assemble them in the midst of this city. 5 I fMyself will fight against you with an goutstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. 6 I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence. 7 And afterward,” says the Lord, h“I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. iHe shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” ’
8 “Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, jI set before you the way of life and the way of death. 9 He who kremains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and 3defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall llive, and his life shall be as a prize to him. 10 For I have mset My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the Lord. n“It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall oburn it with fire.” ’
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