Now 1Zedekiah the son of JosiahwhomNebuchadnezzarking of Babylon had 2madeking in the land of Judah, reigned as king in place of 3Coniah the son of Jehoiakim.
But 4neither he nor his servantsnor the people of the landlistened to the words of the LORDwhich He spokethroughJeremiah the prophet.
Yet 5KingZedekiahsentJehucal the son of Shelemiah, and 6Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "7Pleasepray to the LORD our God on our behalf."
Now Jeremiah was still coming in and going out among the people, for they had not yet 8put him in the prison .
Meanwhile, 9Pharaoh'sarmy had set out from Egypt; and when the Chaldeans who had been besiegingJerusalemheard the report about them, they 10lifted the siege from Jerusalem.
Then the word of the LORDcame to Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
7"Thussays the LORDGod of Israel, '11Thus you are to say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me: "Behold, 12Pharaoh'sarmy which has come out for your assistance is going to return to its own land of Egypt.
"The Chaldeans will also 13return and fightagainstthiscity, and they will capture it and burn it with fire."'
9"Thussays the LORD, 'Do not 14deceiveyourselves, saying, "The Chaldeans will surelygo away from us," for they will not go.
'For 15even if you had defeated the entirearmy of Chaldeans who were fightingagainst you, and there were only woundedmenleft among them, eachman in his tent, they would rise up and 16burnthiscity with fire.' "