The LORD spoke through Jeremiah when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of Malkijah and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, to speak with him. They begged Jeremiah,
“Please speak to the LORD for us and ask him to help us. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is attacking Judah. Perhaps the LORD will be gracious and do a mighty miracle as he has done in the past. Perhaps he will force Nebuchadnezzar to withdraw his armies.”
References for Jeremiah 21:2
Jeremiah replied, “Go back to King Zedekiah and tell him,
‘This is what the LORD , the God of Israel, says: I will make your weapons useless against the king of Babylon and the Babylonians who are outside your walls attacking you. In fact, I will bring your enemies right into the heart of this city.
References for Jeremiah 21:4
I myself will fight against you with a strong hand and a powerful arm, for I am very angry. You have made me furious!
I will send a terrible plague upon this city, and both people and animals will die.