Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'If you surrender1 to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live.218
But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be handed over3 to the Babylonians and they will burn4 it down; you yourself will not escape5 from their hands.' "
King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am afraid6 of the Jews who have gone over7 to the Babylonians, for the Babylonians may hand me over to them and they will mistreat me."
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey8 the LORD by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well9 with you, and your life10 will be spared.
But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the LORD has revealed to me:
All the women11 left in the palace of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. Those women will say to you: " 'They misled you and overcame you-- those trusted friends12 of yours. Your feet are sunk in the mud;13 your friends have deserted you.'
"All your wives and children14 will be brought out to the Babylonians. You yourself will not escape15 from their hands but will be captured16 by the king of Babylon; and this city willa be burned down."1724
Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "Do not let anyone know18 about this conversation, or you may die.
If the officials hear that I talked with you, and they come to you and say, 'Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us or we will kill you,'
then tell19 them, 'I was pleading with the king not to send me back to Jonathan's house20 to die there.' "
All the officials did come to Jeremiah and question him, and he told them everything the king had ordered him to say. So they said no more to him, for no one had heard his conversation with the king.
And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard21 until the day Jerusalem was captured.