He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.
He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live and shall have his life as a prize of war.
He that abideth in this city
Imagining himself safe there; not fearing its being taken by the
king of Babylon; though it was so often foretold by the prophet
of the Lord that it should: shall die by the sword, and by
the famine, and by the pestilence:
by the first of these, in sallying out against the enemy; and by
the other two, which raged within the city: but he that
goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege
you, he shall live;
not fall upon them, as the words may be literally rendered; so it
would describe such that went out of the city and sallied upon
them; whereas it designs such who should go out of the city, and
surrender themselves unto the Chaldeans; submit to them, so as to
obey them, as the Targum adds; such shall have their lives
spared: and his life shall be unto him for a
it shall be like a spoil or booty taken out of an enemy's hands;
it shall be with difficulty obtained, and with joy possessed, as
a prey or spoil is.