Jeremiah 21 ©

1 Zedekiah sending to Jeremiah to enquire the event of Nebuchadrezzar's war against him, 3 the prophet foretelleth a calamitous siege, and desolation in the end; 8 he counselleth the people to fall to the Chaldeans: 11 he exhorteth the king's house to execute right judgment, with threats against those that trusted in the strength of their situation.


THE aword which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah bsent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,


cEnquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon dmaketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us eaccording to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.


¶Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:


Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, fI 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 gI will assemble them into the midst of this city.


And hI myself will fight against you iwith an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.


And jI will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.


And afterward, saith the LORD, kI 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: land he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; mhe shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.


¶And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; nBehold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.


He that oabideth 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.


For pI have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD: qit shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.


¶And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD;


O house of David, thus saith the LORD; 1Execute rjudgment in the morning, and sdeliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, tlest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.


Behold, uI am against thee, O 2inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, vWho shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?


But I will 3punish you waccording to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in xthe forest thereof, and yit shall devour all things round about it.