Jeremiah prophesieth the captivity of Zedekiah and the city.
Jeremiah 34:1 The word that hath been unto Jeremiah from Jehovahand Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his force, and all kingdoms of the land of the dominion of his hand, and all the peoples are fighting against Jerusalem, and against all its citiessaying: Jeremiah 34:2 'Thus said Jehovah, God of Israel: Go, and thou hast spoken unto Zedekiah king of Judah, and hast said unto him, Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he hath burned it with fire, Jeremiah 34:3 and thou, thou dost not escape out of his hand, for thou art certainly caught, and into his hand thou art given, and thine eyes see the eyes of the king of Babylon, and his mouth with thy mouth speaketh, and Babylon thou enterest. Jeremiah 34:4 'Only, hear a word of Jehovah, O Zedekiah king of Judah, Thus said Jehovah unto thee: Thou dost not die by sword, Jeremiah 34:5 in peace thou diest, and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings who have been before thee, so they make a burning for thee; and Ah, lord, they lament for thee, for the word I have spokenan affirmation of Jehovah.' Jeremiah 34:6 And Jeremiah the prophet speaketh unto Zedekiah king of Judah all these words in Jerusalem, Jeremiah 34:7 and the forces of the king of Babylon are fighting against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that are leftagainst Lachish, and against Azekah, for these have been left among the cities of Judah, cities of fortresses.
The princes and the people having dismissed their bondservants, contrary to the Covenant of God, reassume them.
Jeremiah 34:8 The word that hath been unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, after the making by the king Zedekiah of a covenant with all the people who [are] in Jerusalem, to proclaim to them liberty, Jeremiah 34:9 to send out each his man-servant, and each his maid-servantthe Hebrew and the Hebrewessfree, so as not to lay service on them, any on a Jew his brother; Jeremiah 34:10 and hearken do all the heads, and all the people who have come in to the covenant to send forth each his man-servant and each his maid-servant free, so as not to lay service on them any more, yea, they hearken, and send them away; Jeremiah 34:11 and they turn afterwards, and cause the men-servants and the maid-servants to return, whom they had sent forth free, and they subdue them for men-servants and for maid-servants.
Jeremiah, for their disobedience, giveth them and Zedekiah into the hands of their enemies.
Jeremiah 34:12 And there is a word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying: Jeremiah 34:13 'Thus said Jehovah, God of Israel, II made a covenant with your fathers in the day of My bringing them forth from the land of Egypt, from a house of servants, saying, Jeremiah 34:14 At the end of seven years ye do send forth each his brother, the Hebrew, who is sold to thee, and hath served thee six years, yea, thou hast sent him forth free from thee: and your fathers hearkened not unto Me, nor inclined their ear. Jeremiah 34:15 'And ye turn back, ye to-day, and ye do that which is right in Mine eyes, to proclaim liberty each to his neighbour, and ye make a covenant before Me in the house over which My name is called. Jeremiah 34:16 Andye turn back, and pollute My name, and ye cause each his man-servant and each his maid-servant, whom he had sent forth free, (at their pleasure,) to return, and ye subdue them to be to you for men-servants and for maid-servants. Jeremiah 34:17 'Therefore, thus said Jehovah: Ye have not hearkened unto Me to proclaim freedom, each to his brother, and each to his neighbour; lo, I am proclaiming to you libertyan affirmation of Jehovahunto the sword, unto the pestilence, and unto the famine, and I have given you for a trembling to all kingdoms of the earth. Jeremiah 34:18 'And I have given the men who are transgressing My covenant, who have not established the words of the covenant that they have made before Me, by the calf, that they have cut in two, and pass through between its pieces Jeremiah 34:19 heads of Judah, and heads of Jerusalem, the officers, and the priests, and all the people of the land those passing through between the pieces of the calf Jeremiah 34:20 yea, I have given them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those seeking their soul, and their carcase hath been for food to the fowl of the heavens, and to the beast of the earth. Jeremiah 34:21 'And Zedekiah king of Judah, and his heads, I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those seeking their soul, and into the hand of the forces of the king of Babylon, that are going up from off you. Jeremiah 34:22 Lo, I am commandingan affirmation of Jehovahand have brought them back unto this city, and they have fought against it, and captured it, and burned it with fire, and the cities of Judah I do make a desolationwithout inhabitant.'