Jeremiah prophesieth the captivity of Zedekiah and the city.
Jeremiah 34:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah, from Yahweh,when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his force and all the kingdoms of the earth the dominion of his hand, and all the peoples, were fighting against Jerusalem and against all her cities, saying: Jeremiah 34:2 Thus, saith Yahweh, God of Israel, Go and speak unto Zedekiah, king of Judah,and say unto himThus, saith Yahweh, Behold me! giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will burn it with fire; Jeremiah 34:3 And, thou, shalt not escape out of his hand, For thou shalt be, taken, And, into his hand, shalt thou be delivered,And, thine own eyes, into the eyes of the king of Babylon, shall look, And, his mouth, with thy mouth, shall speak, And, Babylon, shalt thou enter. Jeremiah 34:4 Nevertheless, hear the word of Yahweh, O Zedekiah, king of Judah,Thus, saith Yahweh, Concerning thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword; Jeremiah 34:5 In peace, shalt thou die, And, with the burnings made for thy fathers, the former kings who were before thee, so, shall they make a burning unto thee, And, with an, Alas lord! shall they lament thee,Because of the word, I, have spoken, Declareth Yahweh. Jeremiah 34:6 Then spake Jeremiah the prophet, unto Zedekiah king of Judah, all these words, in Jerusalem; Jeremiah 34:7 when, the force of the king of Babylon, was fighting against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left,against Lachish and against Azekah, for, they, remained among the cities of Judah, as fortified cities.
The princes and the people having dismissed their bondservants, contrary to the Covenant of God, reassume them.
Jeremiah 34:8 The word which came unto Jeremiah, from Yahweh,after that King Zedekiah had solemnised a covenant with all the people who were in Jerusalem, proclaiming unto them, liberty: Jeremiah 34:9 that every man should let his servant and every man his handmaid, being a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go free,so that no man should use them as slaves, to wit a Jew his brother; Jeremiah 34:10 so then they hearkenedeven all the princes and all the people who had entered into the covenant, that every man should let his servant and every man his handmaid, go free, so as not to use them as slaves, any longer,yea they hearkened, and let them go, Jeremiah 34:11 howbeit they turned, after that, and brought back the servants and the handmaids whom they had let go, free, and brought them into subjection as servants and as handmaids.
Jeremiah, for their disobedience, giveth them and Zedekiah into the hands of their enemies.
Jeremiah 34:12 So then the word of Yahweh came unto Jeremiah. from Yahweh, saying: Jeremiah 34:13 Thus, saith Yahweh. God of Israel,I myself, solemnised a covenant with your fathers, in the day when I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slaves, saying: Jeremiah 34:14 At the end of seven years, shall ye let go, every man his brother, being a Hebrew, who shall sell himself unto thee, and serve thee, six years, then shalt thou let him go, free, from thee, Howbeit your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear. Jeremiah 34:15 And, though, ye, just now turned, and did that which was right in mine eyes, by proclaiming liberty, every man to his neighbour,and solemnised a covenant, before me, in the house on which my Name hath been called, Jeremiah 34:16 yet have ye turned and profaned my Name, and brought back, every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had let go, free, at their own desire,and have brought them into subjection, to become your, servants and handmaids. Jeremiah 34:17 ThereforeThus, saith Yahweh, Ye, have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every man to his brother and every man to his neighbour: Behold me! proclaiming, to you, a liberty, Declareth Yahweh, unto the sword, unto the pestilence, and unto the famine, so will I make you a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth; Jeremiah 34:18 and will give the men who are transgressing my covenant, in that they have not confirmed the words of the covenant, which they solemnised, before me, when they cut, the calf, in twain, and passed between the parts thereof; Jeremiah 34:19 even the princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land,who passed between the parts of the calf, Jeremiah 34:20 yea I will give them into the hand, of their enemies, and into the hand of them who are seeking their life,and their dead bodies shall become food, for the birds of the heavens, and for the beasts of the earth. Jeremiah 34:21 Zedekiah king of Judah also, with his princes, will I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them who are seeking their life,even into the hand of the force of the king of Babylon, who are going up from you. Jeremiah 34:22 Behold me! giving command, Declareth Yahweh, and I will bring them back unto this city, and they will fight against it, and capture it, and consume it with fire,and, the cities of Judah, will I make too desolate to have an inhabitant.