Jeremiah 34 ©
1 Jeremiah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, and the fate of Zedekiah. 8 The princes and people having according to covenant let their bondservants go free, afterward reassume them: 12 Jeremiah proclaimeth liberty to the sword, the pestilence, and the famine, and prophesieth the return of the Babylonians to execute vengeance upon them.
THE word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, awhen Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and ball the kingdoms of the earth of 1his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against all cthe cities thereof, saying,
And ethou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and 2he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.
But thou shalt die in peace: and gwith the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and hthey will lament thee, saying, Ah lord! for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD.
Then Jeremiah the prophet ispake all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem,
When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and jagainst all the cities of Judah that were left, against kLachish, and against Azekah: for lthese defenced cities remained of the cities of Judah.
That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none should nserve himself of them, *to wit, of a Jew ohis brother.
¶Therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
At sthe end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which 3hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but tyour fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear.
But ye turned and wpolluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty xat their pleasure, to return, and brought them into ysubjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, zI proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you 6to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
And aI will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they bcut the calf in *twain, and passed between the parts thereof,
Behold, hI will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and ithey shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation jwithout an inhabitant.