21 1The word which came unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, when king Zedekiah
sent unto him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the son of
Maaseiah, the priest, saying,
2Inquire, I pray thee, of Jehovah for us;
for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us: peradventure
Jehovah will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go
up from us.
3Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
4Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Behold, I will turn back the
weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of
Babylon, and against the Chaldeans that besiege you, without the walls; and I
will gather them into the midst of this city.
5And I myself will fight
against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger,
and in wrath, and in great indignation.
6And I will smite the inhabitants
of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
7And afterward, saith Jehovah, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and
his servants, and the people, even such as are left in this city from the
pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into
the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge
of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
8And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I set
before you the way of life and the way of death.
9He that abideth in this
city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he
that goeth out, and passeth over to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall
live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.
10For I have set my face
upon this city for evil, and not for good, saith Jehovah: it shall be given
into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
11And touching the house of the king of Judah, hear ye the word of
12O house of David, thus saith Jehovah, Execute justice in the
morning, and deliver him that is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor,
lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn so that none can quench it,
because of the evil of your doings.
13Behold, I am against thee, O
inhabitant of the valley, and of the rock of the plain, saith
Jehovah; you that say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter
into our habitations?
14And I will punish you according to the fruit of
your doings, saith Jehovah; and I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it
shall devour all that is round about her.