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Jeremiah’s Message for Zedekiah

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD when aKing Zedekiah sent to him bPashhur the son of Malchijah, and cZephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, 2 “Please ainquire of the LORD on our behalf, for bNebuchadnezzar king of cBabylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us daccording to all His Iwonderful acts, so that [the enemy] will withdraw from us.”

[1] a2K 24:17, 18; Jr 32:1-3; 37:1; 52:1-3 b1Ch 9:12; Jr 38:1 c2K 25:18; Jr 29:25, 29; 37:3; 52:24
[2] IOr miracles aEx 9:28; Jr 37:3, 17; Ezk 14:7; 20:1-3 b2K 25:1 cGn 10:10; 2K 17:24 dPs 44:1-3; Jr 32:17

3 ¶ Then Jeremiah said to them, “You shall say to Zedekiah as follows: 4 ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “Behold, I am about to aturn back the weapons of war which are in your hands, with which you are warring against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall; and I will bgather them into the center of this city. 5 I aMyself will war against you with an boutstretched hand and a mighty arm, even in canger and wrath and great indignation. 6 I will also strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they will die of a great apestilence. 7 Then afterwards,” declares the LORD, “aI will give over Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people, even those who survive in this city from the pestilence, the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their foes and into the hand of those who seek their lives; and he will strike them down with the edge of the sword. He bwill not spare them nor have pity nor compassion.”’

[4] aJr 32:5; 33:5; 37:8-10; 38:2, 3, 17, 18 bIs 5:5; 13:4; Jr 39:3; Lm 2:5, 7; Zc 14:2
[5] aIs 63:10 bEx 6:6; Dt 4:34; Jr 6:12 cIs 5:25; Jr 32:37
[6] aJr 14:12; 32:24
[7] a2K 25:5-7, 18-21; Jr 37:17; 39:5-9; 52:9 b2Ch 36:17; Jr 13:14; Ezk 7:9; Hab 1:6-10

8 ¶ “You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I aset before you the way of life and the way of death. 9 He who adwells in this city will die by the bsword and by famine and by pestilence; but he who goes out and falls away to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live, and he will have his own life as booty. 10 For I have aset My face against this city for Iharm and not for good,” declares the LORD. “It will be bgiven into the hand of the king of Babylon and he will cburn it with fire.”’

[8] aDt 30:15, 19; Is 1:19, 20
[9] aJr 38:2, 17-23; 39:18; 45:5 bJr 14:12; 24:10
[10] ILit evil aLv 17:10; Jr 44:11, 27; Am 9:4 bJr 32:28, 29; 38:3 c2Ch 36:19; Jr 34:2; 37:10; 38:18; 39:8; 52:13

11 ¶ “Then [say] to the household of the aking of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, 12 O ahouse of David, thus says the LORD:
  “bAdminister justice Ievery cmorning;
  And deliver the [person] who has been robbed from the IIpower of [his] oppressor,
  dThat My wrath may not go forth like fire
  And eburn with none to extinguish [it],
  Because of the evil of their deeds.

[11] aJr 17:20
[12] IOr in the IILit hand aIs 7:2, 13 bPs 72:1; Is 1:17; Jr 7:5; 22:3; Zc 7:9, 10 cPs 101:8; Zp 3:5 dJr 4:4; 17:4; Ezk 20:47, 48; Na 1:6 eIs 1:31; Jr 7:20

  13 ¶ “Behold, aI am against you, O bvalley dweller,
  O Irocky plain,” declares the LORD,
  “You men who say, ‘cWho will come down against us?
  Or who will enter into our habitations?’
  14 “But I will punish you aaccording to the Iresults of your deeds,” declares the LORD,
  “And I will bkindle a fire in its forest
  That it may devour all its environs.”’”

[13] ILit rock of the level place aJr 23:30-32; Ezk 13:8 bPs 125:2; Is 22:1 c2S 5:6, 7; Jr 49:4; Lm 4:12; Ob 3, 4
[14] ILit fruit aIs 3:10, 11; Jr 17:10; 32:19 b2Ch 36:19; Is 10:16, 18; Jr 11:16; 17:27; 52:13; Ezk 20:47, 48


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Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to enquire the event of Nebuchadrezzar's war.

1 ¶ The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying, 2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

[1] 2K 24:17; 25:18; 1Ch 3:15; 9:12; 2Ch 36:10; Ne 11:12; Jr 21:1; 29:25; 32:1; 33:1; 34:1; 37:1, 3; 38:1; 39:1; 52:1, 24.
[2] Ex 14:1; Jsh 10:1; Jg 4:1; 20:27; 1S 7:10; 10:22; 14:6; 17:45; 28:6, 15; 1K 14:2; 22:3; 2K 1:3; 3:11; 22:13; 25:1; 2Ch 14:9; 20:1; 32:21; Ps 44:1; 46:8; 48:4; 105:5; 136:1; Is 59:1; Jr 32:24; 37:3, 7; 38:14; 39:1; 42:4; 52:3; Ezk 14:3; 20:1.

Jeremiah foretelleth a hard siege and miserable captivity.

3 ¶ Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah: 4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that [are] in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and [against] the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city. 5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath. 6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence. 7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.

[4] Is 5:5; 10:4; 13:4; Jr 32:5; 33:5; 37:8; 38:2, 17; 39:3; 52:18; Lm 2:5, 7; Ezk 16:37; Ho 9:12; Zc 14:2; Mt 22:7.
[5] Ex 6:6; 9:15; Dt 4:23; Is 5:25; 9:12, 17, 21; 10:4; 63:10; Jr 32:17; Lm 2:4; Ezk 20:33; Na 1:5.
[6] Gn 6:7; Is 6:11; 24:1; Jr 7:20; 12:3; 32:24; 33:12; 34:17; 36:29; 42:22; Ezk 5:12; 7:15; 12:16; 14:13, 17, 19, 21; 33:27, 29; Ho 4:3; Mi 3:12; Zp 1:3; Lk 21:24.
[7] Dt 28:50; 2K 25:5, 18; 2Ch 36:17; Is 13:17; 27:11; 47:6; Jr 13:14; 24:8; 34:19; 37:17; 38:21; 39:4; 52:8, 24; Ezk 7:9; 8:18; 9:5, 10; 12:12; 17:20; 21:25; Hab 1:6.

He counselleth the people to fall to the Chaldeans,

8 ¶ And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. 9 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. 10 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.

[8] Dt 11:26; 30:15, 19; Is 1:19.
[9] Jr 21:7; 27:13; 38:2, 17; 39:18; 45:5.
[10] Lv 17:10; 20:3; 26:17; 2Ch 36:19; Ps 34:16; Jr 17:27; 26:6; 32:28; 34:2, 22; 37:8; 38:3, 18, 23; 39:8; 44:11, 27; 52:13; Ezk 15:7; Am 9:4; Zc 1:6.

and upbraideth the king's house.

11 ¶ And touching the house of the king of Judah, [say], Hear ye the word of the LORD; 12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver [him that is] spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings. 13 Behold, I [am] against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, [and] rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations? 14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.

[11] Jr 13:18; 17:20; Mi 3:1.
[12] Ex 18:13; Lv 26:28; Dt 32:22; 2S 8:15; Jb 29:17; Ps 72:1, 12; 82:2, 4; 101:8; Pv 24:11; 31:8; Ec 10:16; Is 1:17, 31; 7:2, 13; 16:3; 31:1; Jr 4:4; 5:14, 28; 7:20; 17:4; 21:5; 22:2, 15; 23:5, 19; 36:7; Lm 2:3; 4:11; Ezk 20:47; 22:18, 31; 24:8; Na 1:6; Zp 1:18; 3:5; Zc 7:9; Mk 9:43; Lk 1:69; 18:3; Ro 13:4.
[13] Ex 13:8, 20; 2S 5:6; Ps 125:2; Is 22:1; Jr 7:4; 21:5; 23:30; 49:4, 16; 50:31; 51:25; Lm 4:12; Ob 1:3; Mi 3:11.
[14] 2Ch 36:19; Pv 1:31; Is 3:10; 10:12, 18; 24:21; 27:10; 37:24; Jr 6:29; 9:25; 11:22; 17:10; 22:7; 32:19; 52:13; Ezk 20:46; Zc 11:1; Ga 6:7.


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