Jeremiah 21:1-7 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Zedekiah's Request Denied

1 [This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent Pashhura son of Malchijah and the priest Zephaniahb son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah, asking, 2 "Ask the Lord on our behalf, since Nebuchadnezzarcdking of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the Lord will perform for us something like all His [past] wonderful works so that [Nebuchadnezzar] will withdraw from us." 3 But Jeremiah answered, "This is what you are to say to Zedekiah: 4 'This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I will repel the weapons of war in your hands, those you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Chaldeanse who are besieging you outside the wall, and I will bring them into the center of this city. 5 I will fight against youf with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm,g with anger, rage, and great wrath. 6 I will strike the residents of this city, both man and beast. They will die in a great plague. 7 Afterwards'"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"'King Zedekiah of Judah, his officers, and the people-those in this city who survive the plague, the sword, and the famine-I will hand over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, to their enemies, yes, to those who want to take their lives. He will put them to the sword; he won't spare them or show pity or compassion.'
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