You will not escape; you will be captured and handed over to him. You will see him face-to-face and talk to him in person; then you will go to Babylonia.
Zedekiah, listen to what I say about you. You will not be killed in battle.
You will die in peace, and as people burned incense when they buried your ancestors, who were kings before you, in the same way they will burn incense for you. They will mourn over you and say, "Our king is dead!' I, the Lord, have spoken."
Then I gave this message to King Zedekiah in Jerusalem
while the army of the king of Babylonia was attacking the city. The army was also attacking Lachish and Azekah, the only other fortified cities left in Judah.
King Zedekiah and the people of Jerusalem had made an agreement to set free
their Hebrew slaves, both male and female, so that no one would have an Israelite as a slave.
All the people and their leaders agreed to free their slaves and never to enslave them again. They did set them free,
but later they changed their minds, took them back, and forced them to become slaves again.
Then the Lord,
the God of Israel, told me to say to the people: "I made a covenant with your ancestors when I rescued them from Egypt and set them free from slavery. I told them that