Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to enquire the event of Nebuchadrezzar's war.
Jeremiah 21:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah, from Yahweh,when King Zedekiah sent unto him Pashhur, son of Malchiah, and Zephaniah, son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying: Jeremiah 21:2 Enquire for us, I pray thee, of Yahweh, in that, Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, maketh war against us,Peradventure, Yahweh will deal with us, according to all his wonders, so that he go up from us.
Jeremiah foretelleth a hard siege and miserable captivity.
Jeremiah 21:3 Then said Jeremiah unto them,Thus, shall ye say unto Zedekiah: Jeremiah 21:4 Thus, saith Yahweh, God of IsraelBehold me! turning back the weapons of war that are in your hand, wherewith, ye, are fighting the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans, who are besieging you, outside the wall,and I will gather them into the midst of this city. Jeremiah 21:5 And, I myself, will fight against you, with a hand outstretched, and with an arm of strength,and with anger and with wrath, and with great indignation; Jeremiah 21:6 and I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast,of a great pestilence, shall they die. Jeremiah 21:7 And, after that, Declareth YahwehWill I deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people,even 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, even into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them who are seeking their life,and he will smite them with the edge of the sword, he will not have pity on them, nor will he spare, nor will he have compassion.
He counselleth the people to fall to the Chaldeans,
Jeremiah 21:8 And, unto this people, shalt thou say, Thus, saith Yahweh,Behold me! setting before you, the way, of life, and the way, of death: Jeremiah 21:9 He that remaineth in this city, shall dieby the sword, or by the famine, or by the pestilence,Whereas, he that goeth forth and falleth unto the Chaldeans, who are besieging you,then shall he live, and, his life, shall become to him, a spoil; Jeremiah 21:10 For I have set my face against this city, for calamity and not for blessing, Declareth Yahweh,Into the hand of the king of Babylon, shall it be given up, and he will burn it with fire.
and upbraideth the king's house.
Jeremiah 21:11 Now, as to the house of the king of Judah,hear ye the word of Yahweh: Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David! Thus, saith Yahweh, Administer justice, betimes, And deliver the robbed out of the hand of the oppressor,Lest mine indignation, come forth like fire, And burn, and there be none to quench it, Because of the wickedness of your doings: Jeremiah 21:13 Behold me! against thee, O thou dweller in the vale, on the level rock, Declareth Yahweh,Ye who are saying, Who shall come down upon us? Who shall enter our habitations? Jeremiah 21:14 Yet will I bring punishment upon you, according to the fruit of your doings, Declareth Yahweh,and will kindle a fire in her forest, and it shall devour all things round about her.