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Jeremiah 34:3-13 (Lexham English Bible)

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3 And you will not escape from his hand, but surely you will be captured, and into his hand you will be given, and {you will see the king of Babylon eye to eye},a and {you will speak face to face with him},b and [to] Babylon you will go.' 4 However, hear the word of Yahweh, [O] Zedekiah, the king of Judah. Thus says Yahweh concerning you: 'You will not die by the sword. 5 In peace you will die, and as [there was] burning for your ancestors,c the former kings who were {before you},d so they will burn for you, and they will lament for you, "Alas, lord!" For [the] word I have spoken,' {declares}e Yahweh." '" 6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Zedekiah the king of Judah all these words in Jerusalem 7 when the army of the king of Babylon [was] fighting against Jerusalem and against all the cities of Judah that were left over--Lachish and Azekah, for these remained among the cities of Judah, the cities of fortification.

Zedekiah’s Covenant Concerning Slaves

8 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh after king Zedekiah {made}f a covenant with all the people who [were] in Jerusalem to proclaim release to them, 9 to let go each one his [male] slave and each one his female slave, the Hebrew and the free Hebrew, [so that] no one among the Judeansg [should] enslave his fellow countryman. 10 And all the officials and all the people obeyed, who had entered into the covenant to let go each one his [male] slave and each one his female slave, not enslaving them again, and they obeyed and they let [them]h go. 11 But {afterward}i they turned back and they brought back the [male] slaves and the female slaves whom they had let go free, and they subdued them as [male] slaves and female slaves. 12 And the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, {saying},j 13 "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: 'I {made}k a covenant with your ancestorsl on the day of my bringing them out from the land of Egypt, from [the] house of slaves, {saying},m
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