Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to enquire the event of Nebuchadrezzar's war.
Jeremiah 21:1 The word that hath been unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, in the king Zedekiah's sending unto him Pashhur son of Malchiah, and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, saying, Jeremiah 21:2 'Inquire, we pray thee, for us at Jehovah, for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath fought against us; perhaps Jehovah doth deal with us according to all His wonders, and doth cause him to go up from off us.'
Jeremiah foretelleth a hard siege and miserable captivity.
Jeremiah 21:3 And Jeremiah saith unto them, 'Thus do ye say unto Zedekiah, Jeremiah 21:4 Thus said Jehovah, God of Israel: Lo, I am turning round the weapons of battle That [are] in your hand, With which ye do fight the king of Babylon, And the Chaldeans, who are laying siege against you, At the outside of the wall, And I have gathered them into the midst of this city, Jeremiah 21:5 And II have fought against you, With a stretched-out hand, and with a strong arm, And in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath, Jeremiah 21:6 And I have smitten the inhabitants of this city, Both man and beast, By a great pestilence do they die. Jeremiah 21:7 And after thisan affirmation of Jehovah, I give Zedekiah king of Judah, And his servants, and the people, And those 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 seeking their life, And he hath smitten them by the mouth of the sword, He hath no pity on them, Nor doth he spare, nor hath he mercy.
He counselleth the people to fall to the Chaldeans,
Jeremiah 21:8 And unto this people thou dost say, Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am setting before you the way of life, And the way of death! Jeremiah 21:9 Whoso is abiding in this citydieth, By sword, and by famine, and by pestilence, And whoso is going forth, And hath fallen unto the Chaldeans, Who are laying siege against youliveth, And his life hath been to him for a spoil. Jeremiah 21:10 For I have set My face against this city for evil, And not for goodan affirmation of Jehovah. Into the hand of the king of Babylon it is given, And he hath burned it with fire.
and upbraideth the king's house.
Jeremiah 21:11 And as to the house of the king of Judah, Hear ye a word of Jehovah; Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus said Jehovah: Decide ye judgment at morning, And deliver the plundered from the hand of the oppressor, Lest My fury go forth as fire, And hath burned, and none is quenching, Because of the evil of your doings. Jeremiah 21:13 Lo, I [am] against theean affirmation of Jehovah, O inhabitant of the valley, rock of the plain, Who are saying, Who cometh down against us? And who cometh into our habitations? Jeremiah 21:14 And I have laid a charge against you, According to the fruit of your doings, An affirmation of Jehovah, And I have kindled a fire in its forest, And it hath consumedall its suburbs!