Jeremiah prophesieth the captivity of Zedekiah and the city.
Jeremiah 34:1 These are the wordes whiche the Lord spake vnto Ieremy, what tyme as Nabuchodonozor the kinge of Babylon, and all hys Hostes, (out of all the kyngedomes that were vnder hys power) and all his people, fought agaynste Ierusalem, and all the cytyes thereof. Jeremiah 34:2 Thus saieth the Lord God of Israel: Go, & speake to Zedekiah the kinge of Iuda, and tell him: The Lorde sendeth the this worde: Beholde, I wyll delyuer this cytie into the hande of the kinge of Babylon, he shal burne it, Jeremiah 34:3 and thou shalt not escape his handes, but shalt be led awaye presoner, and delyuered into hys power. Thou shalt loke the kinge of Babylon in the face, and he shal speake wt þe mouth to mouth, & then shalt thou go to Babylon. Jeremiah 34:4 Yet heare the worde of the Lorde, O Zedekiah thou Kynge of Iuda. Thus sayeth the Lorde vnto the: Thou shalt not be slayne with the swerde, Jeremiah 34:5 but shalt dye in peace. Lyke as thy forefathers the kinges thy progenitours, were brente, so shalt thou be brent also, & in the mourninge they shall saye: Oh Lorde. For thus haue I determined sayeth the Lorde. Jeremiah 34:6 Then spake Ieremy the Prophet all these wordes vnto Zedekiah king of Iuda in Ierusalem: Jeremiah 34:7 what tyme as the kinge of Babylons hoste beseged Ierusalem, and the remnaunt of the cytyes: Namely, Lachis, and Azecah, whiche yet remayned of the stronge defensed cities of Iuda.
The princes and the people having dismissed their bondservants, contrary to the Covenant of God, reassume them.
Jeremiah 34:8 These are the wordes that the Lord spake vnto Ieremy the Prophete, when Zedekiah was agreed with al the people at Ierusalem, that there shoulde be proclamed a lyberte, Jeremiah 34:9 so that euery man shoulde let his seruaunt and handmayde go fre, Hebrue and Hebruesse, & no Iewe to holde his brother as a bond man. Jeremiah 34:10 Now as they had consented, euen so they were obedient, and let them go fre. Jeremiah 34:11 But afterward they repented, & toke agayne the seruauntes and handemaydens, whome they had let go fre, and so made them bonde agayne.
Jeremiah, for their disobedience, giveth them and Zedekiah into the hands of their enemies.
Jeremiah 34:12 For the whiche cause the worde of the Lord came vnto Ieremy from the Lorde him selfe, saying. Jeremiah 34:13 Thus sayeth the Lorde God of Israell: I made a couenaunt with youre fathers when I brought them oute of Egypte, (that they shoulde no more be bondmen) sayinge: Jeremiah 34:14 When seuen yeares are oute, euery man shall let his bought seruaunte an Hebrue go fre, yf he haue serued him syxe yeares. But your fathers obeyed me not, and herkened not vnto me. Jeremiah 34:15 As for you, ye were now turned, & dyd ryght before me, in that ye proclamed, euery man to let his neyghboure go fre, & in that ye made a couenaunt before me, in the temple that beareth my name. Jeremiah 34:16 But yet ye haue turned your selues agayne, and blasphemed my name. In this, that euery man hath required hys seruaunte and handmayden againe whom ye had let go quite and fre, and compelled them to serue you agayne, and to be youre bondmen. Jeremiah 34:17 And therfore thus sayeth the lord: ye haue not obeyed me, euery man to proclame fredom vnto his brother and neighbour: wherfore I wil call you vnto a fredome, sayeth the Lorde, euen vnto the swerde, to the pestilence, & to honger, & will make you to be plaged in all the kingedomes of the earthe. Jeremiah 34:18 Yea those men that haue broken my couenaunt, and not kepte the wordes of the appoyntment, which they made before me: when they hewed the calfe in two, and when there wente thorowe the two halfes therof. Jeremiah 34:19 The Princes of Iuda, the Princes of Ierusalem, the gelded men, the priestes and all the people of the lande, whiche wente thorowe the two sides of the calfe. Jeremiah 34:20 Those men will I geue into the power of their enemies, & into the handes of them that folowe vpon their lyues. And their dead bodies shalbe meate for the foules of the ayre, and beastes of the felde. Jeremiah 34:21 As for Zedekiah the Kynge of Iuda and his Princes, I wil delyuer them into the power of their enemies, and of them that desyre to slaye them, and into the hande of the kynge of Babylons hoste whyche now is departed from you. Jeremiah 34:22 But thorowe my commaundement (sayeth the Lord) they shall come again before this cytye, they shall fyght agaynste it, winne it, and burne it. Moreouer I wyll laye the cities of Iuda so wast, þt no man shal dwell therin.