Rejects Zedekiah’s Request
21:1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the
LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of
Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest,
21:2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so
be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his
wondrous works, that he may go up from us.
21:3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to
21:4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn
back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye
fight against the king of Babylon, and against the
Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will
assemble them into the midst of this city.
21:5 And I myself will fight against you with an
outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and
in fury, and in great wrath.
21:6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both
man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
21:7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah
king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and 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, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the
hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them
with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither
have pity, nor have mercy.
21:8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the
LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way
21:9 He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword,
and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth
out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall
live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.
21:10 For I have set my face against this city for evil,
and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the
hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
21:11 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say,
Hear ye the word of the LORD;
21:12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute
judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out
of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire,
and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of
21:13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the
valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say,
Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our
21:14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your
doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the
forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about