"Furthermore, tell the people, 'This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life1 and the way of death.
Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague.2 But whoever goes out and surrenders3 to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life.410
I have determined to do this city harm5 and not good, declares the LORD. It will be given into the hands6 of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.'711
"Moreover, say to the royal house8 of Judah, 'Hear the word of the LORD;
O house of David, this is what the LORD says: " 'Administer justice9 every morning; rescue from the hand of his oppressor10 the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire11 because of the evil12 you have done-- burn with no one to quench13 it.
I am against14 you, [ Jerusalem,] you who live above this valley15 on the rocky plateau, declares the LORD-- you who say, "Who can come against us? Who can enter our refuge?"1614
I will punish you as your deeds17 deserve, declares the LORD. I will kindle a fire18 in your forests19 that will consume everything around you.' "