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“This is what the Lord God of Israel has said, ‘This is what you must say to the king of Judah who sent you to seek my help.[a] “Beware,[b] Pharaoh’s army that was on its way to help you is about to go back home to Egypt.[c] Then the Babylonian forces[d] will return. They will attack the city and will capture it and burn it down.

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  1. Jeremiah 37:7 tn Heb “to seek me.” The verb דָּרַשׁ (darash) could imply “inquiring” to gain information about what will happen, including a prophetic oracle (cf. 1 Kgs 14:5; 2 Kgs 8:8), but could also denote “seeking help” from someone (cf. Isa 31:1; 2 Chr 16:12; 20:3), perhaps via prayer (see v. 3). Both may be involved here, as a praying prophet might receive a message from the Lord.
  2. Jeremiah 37:7 tn Heb “Take note.” The particle הִנֵּה (hinneh) here calls attention to a warning and syntactically sets up the following participle to indicate the near future (“is about to”).
  3. Jeremiah 37:7 tn Heb “will go back to its land, Egypt.”
  4. Jeremiah 37:8 tn Heb “the Chaldeans.” See the study note on 21:4 for the rendering “Babylonian.” The word “forces” is supplied in the translation for clarity.

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