And don't think you'll get away. You'll be captured and be his prisoner. You will have a personal confrontation with the king of Babylon and be taken off with him, captive, to Babylon.
"'But listen, O Zedekiah king of Judah, to the rest of the Message of God. You won't be killed.
You'll die a peaceful death. They will honor you with funeral rites as they honored your ancestors, the kings who preceded you. They will properly mourn your death, weeping, "Master, master!" This is a solemn promise. God's Decree.'"
The prophet Jeremiah gave this Message to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem, gave it to him word for word.
It was at the very time that the king of Babylon was mounting his all-out attack on Jerusalem and whatever cities in Judah that were still standing - only Lachish and Azekah, as it turned out (they were the only fortified cities left in Judah).
God delivered a Message to Jeremiah after King Zedekiah made a covenant with the people of Jerusalem to decree freedom
to the slaves who were Hebrews, both men and women. The covenant stipulated that no one in Judah would own a fellow Jew as a slave.
All the leaders and people who had signed the covenant set free the slaves, men and women alike.
But a little while later, they reneged on the covenant, broke their promise and forced their former slaves to become slaves again.
Then Jeremiah received this Message from God:
"God, the God of Israel, says, 'I made a covenant with your ancestors when I delivered them out of their slavery in Egypt. At the time I made it clear:
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