Jeremiah 37:1-10 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Babylonians Withdraw to Meet a Threat from Egypt

1 And king Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, whom Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, had made king, reigned as king in the land of Judah in place of Coniah, the son of Jehoiakim. 2 But he and his servants and the people of the land did not listen to the words of Yahweh that he spoke by the hand of Jeremiah the prophet. 3 And king Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, {saying},a "Please pray for us to Yahweh our God." 4 Now Jeremiah [was] coming and going out in the midst of the people and they had not put him [in] the house of imprisonment. 5 And the army of Pharaoh had come out from Egypt, and the Chaldeans, who were laying siege to Jerusalem, heard their report and they withdrew from Jerusalem. 6 And the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah the prophet, {saying},b 7 "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'This is what you shall say to the king of Judah, who sent you to me to inquire [of] me, "Look, the army of Pharaoh, which set out to help you, [is] going to return to his land Egypt. 8 And the Chaldeans will return, and they will fight against this city, and they will capture it, and they will burn it with fire." ' 9 Thus says Yahweh: 'You must not deceive yourselves, {saying},c "Surely the Chaldeans will go from us," for they will not go. 10 For [even] if you struck the whole army of [the] Chaldeans who are fighting against you, and [only] men pierced through remained among them, each one in his tent, they would rise up and they would burn this city with fire.'"
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