Jeremiah 34

A Prophecy against Zedekiah

The word which came to Jeremiah from the  Lord, when a Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army, with b all the kingdoms of the earth that were under his dominion and all the peoples, were fighting against Jerusalem and against all its cities, saying, Thus says the  Lord God of Israel, ‘ c Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah and say to him: “Thus says the  Lord, ‘Behold, d I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and e he will burn it with fire. f You will not escape from his hand, for you will surely be captured and delivered into his hand; and you will g see the king of Babylon eye to eye, and he will speak with you
Lit mouth to mouth
face to face, and you will go to Babylon.’”’
Yet hear the word of the  Lord, O Zedekiah king of Judah! Thus says the  Lord concerning you, ‘You will not die by the sword. You will die in peace; and as spices were burned for your fathers, the former kings who were before you, so they will i burn spices for you; and j they will lament for you, “Alas, lord!”’ For I have spoken the word,” declares the  Lord.

Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke k all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the remaining cities of Judah, that is l Lachish and m Azekah, for they alone remained as n fortified cities among the cities of Judah.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the  Lord after King Zedekiah had o made a covenant with all the people who were in Jerusalem to p proclaim
Or liberty
release to them:
that each man should set free his male servant and each man his female servant, a r Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman; so that s no one should keep them, a Jew his brother, in bondage. 10 And all the t officials and all the people obeyed who had entered into the covenant that each man should set free his male servant and each man his female servant, so that no one should keep them any longer in bondage; they obeyed, and set them free. 11 But afterward they turned around and took back the male servants and the female servants whom they had set free, and brought them into subjection for male servants and for female servants.

12 Then the word of the  Lord came to Jeremiah from the  Lord, saying, 13 Thus says the  Lord God of Israel, ‘I u made a covenant with your forefathers in the day that I v brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, saying, 14  w At the end of seven years each of you shall set free his Hebrew brother who
Or has sold himself
has been sold to you and has served you six years, you shall send him out free from you; but your forefathers y did not obey Me or incline their ear to Me.
15 Although recently you had turned and z done what is right in My sight, each man proclaiming
Or liberty
release to his neighbor, and you had ab made a covenant before Me ac in the house which is called by My name.
16 “Yet you ad turned and ae profaned My name, and each man
Lit caused them to return
took back his male servant and each man his female servant whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your male servants and female servants.”’

17 Therefore thus says the  Lord, ‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming
Or liberty
release each man to his brother and each man to his neighbor. Behold, I am ah proclaiming a
Or liberty
release to you,’ declares the  Lord, ‘to the aj sword, to the pestilence and to the famine; and I will make you a ak terror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
18 I will give the men who have al transgressed My covenant, who have not fulfilled the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they am cut the calf in two and passed between its parts 19 the an officials of Judah and the officials of Jerusalem, the court officers and the priests and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf 20 I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who ao seek their life. And their ap dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth. 21 aq Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials I will give into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their life, and into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon which has ar gone away from you. 22 Behold, I am going to command,’ declares the  Lord, ‘and I will bring them back to this city; and they will fight against it and as take it and burn it with fire; and I will make the cities of Judah a at desolation au without inhabitant.’”
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