1The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, when king Zedekiah
sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah,
the priest, saying,
2Please inquire of Yahweh for us; for Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon makes war against us: peradventure Yahweh will deal with us
according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.
said Jeremiah to them, Thus shall you tell Zedekiah:
Yahweh, the 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
against the Chaldeans who besiege you, without the walls; and I will gather
them into the midst of this city.
5I myself will fight against you with
an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in wrath, and
in great indignation.
6I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both
man and animal: they shall die of a great pestilence.
Yahweh, 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 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
and 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; he shall not spare
them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
8To this people you shall say,
Thus says Yahweh: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of
9He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, and by the
famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes out, and passes over to the
Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be to him for a
10For I have set my face on this city for evil, and not for good,
says Yahweh: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he
shall burn it with fire.
11Touching the house of the king of Judah, hear
you the word of Yahweh:
12House of David, thus says Yahweh, Execute
justice in the morning, and deliver him who 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 you, O
inhabitant of the valley, and of the rock of the plain, says Yahweh;
you that say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our
14I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,
says Yahweh; and I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it shall devour all
that is round about her.