'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turn1 against you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babyloniansa who are outside the wall besieging2 you. And I will gather them inside this city.
I myself will fight3 against you with an outstretched hand4 and a mighty arm5 in anger and fury and great wrath.
I will strike6 down those who live in this city--both men and animals--and they will die of a terrible plague.77
After that, declares the LORD, I will hand over Zedekiah8 king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague,9 sword and famine, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon10 and to their enemies11 who seek their lives.12 He will put them to the sword;13 he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.'148
"Furthermore, tell the people, 'This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life15 and the way of death.
Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague.16 But whoever goes out and surrenders17 to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life.1810
I have determined to do this city harm19 and not good, declares the LORD. It will be given into the hands20 of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.'2111
"Moreover, say to the royal house22 of Judah, 'Hear the word of the LORD;
O house of David, this is what the LORD says: " 'Administer justice23 every morning; rescue from the hand of his oppressor24 the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire25 because of the evil26 you have done-- burn with no one to quench27 it.
I am against28 you, [ Jerusalem,] you who live above this valley29 on the rocky plateau, declares the LORD-- you who say, "Who can come against us? Who can enter our refuge?"3014
I will punish you as your deeds31 deserve, declares the LORD. I will kindle a fire32 in your forests33 that will consume everything around you.' "