Jerusalem’s Doom Is Sealed
1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord when #2 Kin. 24:17Jer. 32:1–3Jer 37:1Jer 52:1–3King Zedekiah sent to him #1 Chr. 9:12Jer. 38:1Pashhur the son of Melchiah, and #2 Kin. 25:18Jer. 29:25Jer 37:3Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying, 2#Ex. 9:281 Sam. 9:9Jer. 37:37Ezek. 14:7Eze 20:1–3“Please inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works, that the king may go away from us.”
3Then Jeremiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, 4‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and #Is. 13:4Jer. 39:3Lam. 2:57Zech. 14:2I will assemble them in the midst of this city. 5I #Jer. 32:24Jer 33:5Is. 63:10Myself will fight against you with an #Ex. 6:6Deut. 4:34Jer. 6:12outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. 6I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence. 7And afterward,” says the Lord, #2 Kin. 25:5–7Jer. 37:17Jer 39:5Jer 52:9“I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. #Deut. 28:502 Chr. 36:17Jer. 13:14Ezek. 7:9Hab. 1:6–10He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” ’
8“Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, #Deut. 30:1519Is. 1:1920I set before you the way of life and the way of death. 9He who #Jer. 38:2remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall #Jer. 39:18live, and his life shall be as a prize to him. 10For I have #Lev. 17:10Jer. 44:1127Amos 9:4set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the Lord. #Jer. 38:3“It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall #2 Kin. 25:92 Chr. 36:19Jer. 34:222Jer 37:10burn it with fire.” ’
Message to the House of David
11“And concerning the house of the king of Judah, say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, 12O house of David! Thus says the Lord:
#Ps. 72:1Is. 1:17Jer. 22:3Zech. 7:9“Execute judgment #Ps. 101:8Zeph. 3:5in the morning;
And deliver him who is plundered
Out of the hand of the oppressor,
Lest My fury go forth like fire
And burn so that no one can quench it,
Because of the evil of your doings.
13“Behold, #(Jer. 23:30–32Ezek. 13:8)I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley,
And rock of the plain,” says the Lord,
“Who say, #2 Sam. 5:6Jer. 49:4Lam. 4:12Obad. 34‘Who shall come down against us?
Or who shall enter our dwellings?’
14But I will punish you according to the #Prov. 1:31Is. 3:1011Jer. 17:10Jer 32:19fruit of your doings,” says the Lord;
“I will kindle a fire in its forest,
And #2 Chr. 36:19Is. 10:16Jer. 11:16Jer 17:27Jer 52:13Ezek. 20:4748it shall devour all things around it.” ’ ”
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