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) 13 Why will you and your people die(C) by the sword, famine and plague(D) with which the Lord has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 Do not listen(E) to the words of the prophets(F) who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies(G) to you. 15 ‘I have not sent(H) them,’ declares the Lord. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name.(I) Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish,(J) both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’”

16 Then I said to the priests and all these people, “This is what the Lord says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles(K) from the Lord’s house will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying lies to you. 17 Do not listen(L) to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live.(M) Why should this city become a ruin? 18 If they are prophets and have the word of the Lord, let them plead(N) with the Lord Almighty that the articles remaining in the house of the Lord and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not be taken to Babylon.

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