31You shall not escape from his hand but shall surely be captured and delivered into his hand. 2You shall see the king of Babylon eye to eye and speak with him face to face. And you shall go to Babylon.'
Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah! 3Thus says the LORD concerning you: 4'You shall not die by the sword.
You shall die in peace. 5And as spices were burned for your fathers, the former kings who were before you, so people shall 6burn spices for you 7and lament for you, saying, "Alas, lord!"' For I have spoken the word, declares the LORD."
Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah, in Jerusalem,
when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the cities of Judah that were left, 8Lachish and 9Azekah, 10for these were the only 11fortified cities of Judah that remained.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after King Zedekiah 12had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem 13to make a proclamation of liberty to them,
914that everyone should set free his Hebrew slaves, male and female, 15so that no one should enslave a Jew, his brother.
And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that everyone would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again. They obeyed and set them free.
But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves 16they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves.
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I myself made a covenant with your fathers when 17I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying,