The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when kingZedekiahsent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest,saying ,
2Enquire , I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works , that he may go up from us.
Then saidJeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:4
Thus saith the LORDGod of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.5
And I myself will fight against you with an outstretchedhand and with a strongarm, even in anger, and in fury, and in greatwrath.6
And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a greatpestilence.