12 I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, “Bow your neck under the yoke(A) of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.(B)

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“This is what the Lord says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague,(A) but whoever goes over to the Babylonians[a] will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 38:2 Or Chaldeans; also in verses 18, 19 and 23

17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender(A) to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live.(B)

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18 I will save(A) you; you will not fall by the sword(B) but will escape with your life,(C) because you trust(D) in me, declares the Lord.’”

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Should you then seek great(A) things for yourself? Do not seek them.(B) For I will bring disaster(C) on all people,(D) declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape(E) with your life.’”(F)

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