15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight in proclaiming liberty, every man to his neighbor, and ye had made a covenant before me in [a]the house, whereupon my Name is called.

16 But ye repented, and polluted my Name: for ye have caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and hold them in subjection to be unto you as servants and as handmaids.

17 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Ye have not obeyed me, in proclaiming freedom every man to his brother, and every man to his neighbor: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to [b]the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine, and I will make you a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth.

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  1. Jeremiah 34:15 Meaning, in the Temple, to declare that it was a most solemn and straight covenant, made in the Name of the Lord.
  2. Jeremiah 34:17 That is, I give the sword liberty to destroy you.

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