1The word that came from the Lord to Jeremiah, when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchiah, and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying,
2Inquire of the Lord for us; for the king of Babylon has risen up against us; if the Lord will do according to all his wonderful works, and the king shall depart from us.
3And Jeremiah said to them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah king of Judah,
4Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war wherewith ye fight against the Chaldeans that have besieged you from outside the wall, and I will gather them into the midst of this city.
5And I will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, with wrath and great anger.
6And I will smite all the dwellers in this city, both men and cattle, with grievous pestilence: and they shall die.
7And after this, thus saith the Lord; I will give Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people that is left in this city from the pestilence, and from the famine, and from the sword, into the hands of their enemies, that seek their lives: and they shall cut them in pieces with the edge of the sword: I will not spare them, and I will not have compassion upon them.
8And thou shalt say to this people, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I have set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
9He that remains in this city shall die by the sword, and by famine: but he that goes forth to advance to the Chaldeans that have besieged you, shall live, and his life shall be to him for a spoil, and he shall live.
10For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good: it shall be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he shall consume it with fire.
11O house of the king of Judah, hear ye the word of the Lord.
12O house of David, thus saith the Lord; Judge judgment in the morning, and act rightly, and rescue the spoiled one from the hand of him that wrongs him, lest mine anger be kindled like fire, and it burn, and there be none to quench it.
13Behold, I am against thee that dwellest in the Valley of Sor; in the plain country, even against them that say, Who shall alarm us? or who shall enter into our habitation?
14And I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.