The wordwhichcame to Jeremiah from the LORD when 1KingZedekiahsent to him 2Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and 3Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying,
2"Please4inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for 5Nebuchadnezzarking of 6Babylon is warringagainst us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us 7according to all His awonderfulacts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us."
Then Jeremiahsaid to them, "You shall say to Zedekiah as follows:
4'Thussays the LORDGod of Israel, "Behold, I am about to 8turnback the weapons of warwhich are in your hands, with which you are warringagainst the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall; and I will 9gather them into the center of thiscity.
"I 10Myself will waragainst you with an 11outstretchedhand and a mightyarm, even in 12anger and wrath and greatindignation.
"I will also strikedown the inhabitants of thiscity, both man and beast; they will die of a great13pestilence.
"Then afterwards ," declares the LORD, "14I will give over Zedekiahking of Judah and his servants and the people, even those who survive in thiscity from the pestilence, the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, and into the hand of their foes and into the hand of those who seek their lives; and he will strike them down with the edge of the sword. He 15will not spare them norhavepitynorcompassion."'
"You shall also say to thispeople, 'Thussays the LORD, "Behold, I 16setbefore you the way of life and the way of death.
"He who 17dwells in thiscity will die by the 18sword and by famine and by pestilence; but he who goes out and fallsaway to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live, and he will have his own life as booty.
"For I have 19set My face against thiscity for bharm and not for good," declares the LORD. "It will be 20given into the hand of the king of Babylon and he will 21burn it with fire."'
"Then say to the household of the 22king of Judah, 'Hear the word of the LORD,
O 23house of David, thussays the LORD: "24Administerjusticecevery 25morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the dpower of his oppressor, 26That My wrath may not goforth like fire And 27burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.
13"Behold, 28I am against you, O 29valleydweller, O erockyplain," declares the LORD, "You men who say, '30Who will comedownagainst us? Or who will enter into our habitations?'
"But I will punish you 31according to the fresults of your deeds," declares the LORD, "And I will 32kindle a fire in its forest That it may devourall its environs.""'