[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of Malchijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah, asking,
References for Jeremiah 21:1
"Ask the Lord on our behalf, since Nebuchadnezzarking 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."
References for Jeremiah 21:2
But Jeremiah answered, "This is what you are to say to Zedekiah:
'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 Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall, and I will bring them into the center of this city.
References for Jeremiah 21:4
I will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, with anger, rage, and great wrath.
References for Jeremiah 21:5
I will strike the residents of this city, both man and beast. They will die in a great plague.