"But you must say to this people, 'This is what the Lord says: Look, I am presenting to you the way of life and the way of death.a9
Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine, and plague, but whoever goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live and will retain his life like the spoils [of war].b10
For I have turnedc against this city to [bring] disasterd and not good""-[this is] the Lord's declaration. "'It will be handed over to the king of Babylon, who will burn it down.'e11
"And to the house of the king of Judah [say this]: 'Hear the word of the Lord!
House of David, this is what the Lord says: Administer justice every morning, and rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor,f or My anger will flare up like fire and burn unquenchably because of their evil deeds.
Beware! I am against you, you who sit above the valley, [you atop] the rocky plateau- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration- you who say: Who can come down against us? Who can enter our hiding places?
I will punish you according to what you have done- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. I will kindle a fire in its forest that will consume everything around it.' "