Jeremiah 38:17-23New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Interview with Zedekiah
17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the LordGod of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘If you will indeed go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then [a]you will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will [b]survive.18 But if you will not go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city will be given over to the hand of the Chaldeans; and they will burn it with fire, and you yourself will not escape from their hand.’”19 Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I dread the Jews who have [c]gone over to the Chaldeans, for they may give me over into their hand and they will abuse me.”20 But Jeremiah said, “They will not give you over. Please [d]obey the Lord in what I am saying to you, that it may go well with you and [e]you may live.21 But if you keep refusing to go out, this is the word which the Lord has shown me:22 ‘Then behold, all of the women who have been left in the palace of the king of Judah are going to be brought out to the [f]officers of the king of Babylon; and those women will say,
“[g]Your close friends Have misled and overpowered you; While your feet were sunk in the mire, They turned back.”
23 They will also bring out all your wives and your sons to the Chaldeans, and you yourself will not escape from their hand, but will be seized by the hand of the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned with fire.’”
5 But you, are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I am going to bring disaster on all flesh,’ declares the Lord, ‘but I will give your life to you as booty in all the places where you may go.’”
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