'1You will not escape from his hand, for you will surely be captured and delivered into his hand; and you will 2see the king of Babyloneye to eye, and he will speak with you aface to face, and you will go to Babylon.' "'
4"Yethear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiahking of Judah! Thussays the LORDconcerning you, 'You will not die by the sword.
'You will die in peace; and as spices were burned for your fathers, the formerkingswho were before you, so they will 3burn spices for you; and 4they will lament for you, "Alas, lord!"' For I have spoken the word," declares the LORD.
Then Jeremiah the prophetspoke5allthesewords to Zedekiahking of Judah in Jerusalem7
when the army of the king of Babylon was fightingagainstJerusalem and againstall the remainingcities of Judah, that is, 6Lachish and 7Azekah, for they alone remained as 8fortifiedcities among the cities of Judah.
The wordwhichcame to Jeremiah from the LORDafterKingZedekiah had 9made a covenant with all the peoplewho were in Jerusalem to 10proclaimbrelease to them:
that eachman should setfree his maleservant and eachman his femaleservant, a 11Hebrewman or a Hebrew woman; so that 12noone should keep them, a Jew his brother, in bondage.
And all the 13officials and all the peopleobeyedwho had entered into the covenant that eachman should setfree his maleservant and eachman his femaleservant, so that noone should keep them anylonger in bondage; they obeyed, and set them free.
But afterward they turnedaround and tookback the maleservants and the femaleservantswhom they had setfree, and brought them into subjection for maleservants and for femaleservants.
Then the word of the LORDcame to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
13"Thussays the LORDGod of Israel, 'I 14made a covenant with your forefathers in the day that I 15brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, saying,