The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when 1Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army 2and all the kingdoms of the earth under his dominion and all the peoples were fighting against Jerusalem and all of its cities:
"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Go and speak to 3Zedekiah king of Judah and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD: 4Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
5You shall not escape from his hand but shall surely be captured and delivered into his hand. 6You shall see the king of Babylon eye to eye and speak with him face to face. And you shall go to Babylon.'
Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah! 7Thus says the LORD concerning you: 8'You shall not die by the sword.
You shall die in peace. 9And as spices were burned for your fathers, the former kings who were before you, so people shall 10burn spices for you 11and lament for you, saying, "Alas, lord!"' For I have spoken the word, declares the LORD."
Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah, in Jerusalem,
when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the cities of Judah that were left, 12Lachish and 13Azekah, 14for these were the only 15fortified cities of Judah that remained.