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Jeremiah 38:14-27 (New American Standard)

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14 Then King Zedekiah 1sent and ahad Jeremiah the prophet brought to him at the third entrance that is in the house of the LORD; and the king said to Jeremiah, "I am going to 2ask you something; do not hide anything from me." 15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "3If I tell you, will you not certainly put me to death? Besides, if I give you advice, you will not listen to me." 16 But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in 4secret saying, "As the LORD lives, who made this b5life for us, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of 6these men who are seeking your clife."

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17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the LORD 7God of hosts, the 8God of Israel, 'If you will indeed 9go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then dyou will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will esurvive. 18 'But if you will 10not go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city 11will be given over to the hand of the Chaldeans; and they will burn it with fire, and 12you yourself will not escape from their hand.' " 19 Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I 13dread the Jews who have f14gone over to the Chaldeans, for they may give me over into their hand and they will 15abuse me." 20 But Jeremiah said, "They will not give you over. Please g16obey the LORD in what I am saying to you, that it may go 17well with you and h18you may live. 21 "But if you keep refusing to go out, this is the word which the LORD has shown me: 22 'Then behold, all of the 19women who have been left in the palace of the king of Judah are going to be brought out to the iofficers of the king of Babylon; and those women will say, "jYour close friends Have misled and overpowered you; While your feet were sunk in the mire, They turned back." 23 'They will also bring out all your wives and your 20sons to the Chaldeans, and 21you yourself will not escape from their hand, but will be seized by the hand of the king of Babylon, and 22this city will be burned with fire.' " 24 Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "Let no man know about these words and you will not die. 25 "But if the 23officials hear that I have talked with you and come to you and say to you, 'Tell us now what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us and we will not put you to death,' 26 then you are to say to them, 'I was 24presenting my petition before the king, not to make me return to the house of Jonathan to die there.' " 27 Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him. So he reported to them in accordance with all these words which the king had commanded; and they ceased speaking with him, since the kconversation had not been overheard.
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