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."'