As for you, you will not escape from his hand but are certain to be captured and handed over to him. You will meet the king of Babylon eye to eye and speak face to face;abyou will go to Babylon.
"Yet hear the Lord's word, Zedekiah, king of Judah. This is what the Lord says concerning you: You will not die by the sword;
you will die peacefully. There will be a burning ceremony for you just like the burning ceremonies for your fathers, the former kings who preceded you.c Alas, lord! will be the lament for you, for I have spoken [this] word." [This is] the Lord's declaration.
So Jeremiah the prophet related all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem
while the king of Babylon's army was attacking Jerusalem and all of Judah's remaining cities-against Lachishd and Azekah,e for only they were left among Judah's fortified cities.
[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah made a covenant with all the people who were in Jerusalem to proclaim freedomf to them,
so each man would free his male and female Hebrew slaves and no one enslave his Judean brother.
All the officials and people who entered into covenant to free their male and female slaves-in order not to enslave them any longer-obeyed and freed them.
Afterwards, however, they changed their minds and took back their male and female slaves they had freed and forced them to become slaves [again].
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
"This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I made a covenantg with your ancestors when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery, saying: