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Jeremiah 34:3-13 (New American Standard)

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3 '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 Babylon eye to eye, and he will speak with you aface to face, and you will go to Babylon.' "' 4 "Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah! Thus says the LORD concerning you, 'You will not die by the sword. 5 'You will die in peace; and as spices were burned for your fathers, the former kings who 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. 6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke 5all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem 7 when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the remaining cities of Judah, that is, 6Lachish and 7Azekah, for they alone remained as 8fortified cities among the cities of Judah. 8 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had 9made a covenant with all the people who were in Jerusalem to 10proclaim brelease to them: 9 that each man should set free his male servant and each man his female servant, a 11Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman; so that 12no one should keep them, a Jew his brother, in bondage. 10 And all the 13officials and all the people obeyed who had entered into the covenant that each man should set free his male servant and each man his female servant, so that no one should keep them any longer in bondage; they obeyed, and set them free. 11 But afterward they turned around and took back the male servants and the female servants whom they had set free, and brought them into subjection for male servants and for female servants. 12 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 13 "Thus says the LORD God 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,
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