"All of your wives and children will be brought out to the Babylonians. You yourself won't escape from their powerful hands. You will be captured by the king of Babylonia. And this city will be burned down."
Then Zedekiah said to me, "Don't let anyone know about the talk we've had. If you do, you might die.
Suppose the officials find out that I've talked with you. And suppose they come to you and say, 'Tell us what you said to the king. Tell us what the king said to you. Don't hide it from us. If you do, we'll kill you.'
Then tell them, 'I was begging the king not to send me back to Jonathan's house. I don't want to die there.' "
All of the officials came to me. And they questioned me. I told them everything the king had ordered me to say. None of them had heard what I told the king. So they didn't say anything else to me.
I remained in the courtyard of the guard. I stayed there until the day Jerusalem was captured.