Old Testament

Jeremiah 21
The Lord Rejects King Zedekiah
211This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of Malkijah and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Ma'aseiah,[] to speak to Jeremiah. They said, 2“Inquire of the Lord for us, because Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the Lord will perform some of his wonders on our behalf as he did in the past, so that Nebuchadnezzar will withdraw from us.”
3But Jeremiah answered them:
Tell Zedekiah that 4the Lord, the God of Israel, says this.
I will certainly turn the weapons of war in your hands against you, the ones you are using to fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans,[] who are outside your wall besieging you. And I will bring them inside this city.
5I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, with furious anger and great wrath. 6I will strike those who live in this city, both man and animal. They will die of a terrible plague. 7Afterward, says the Lord, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, those who serve him, and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword, and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies and into the hands of those who seek their lives. He will strike them with the sword. He will show them no compassion, no pity, and no mercy.
8Tell this people this is what the Lord says. I will certainly set before you the way of life and the way of death. 9Whoever remains in this city will die by the sword, famine, and plague, but all those who go out and surrender to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will escape with their lives. 10For I have set my face against this city to bring harm and not good, says the Lord. The city will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will burn it up with fire.
11Concerning the house of the king of Judah, this is the word of the Lord. 12The Lord says that you, House of David, are to administer justice in the morning and deliver the victim of robbery from the hand of the oppressor, or my wrath will flare up like fire and burn so that no one can put it out, because of the evil you have done.
13Look, I am against you, you who live in this valley in the rocky highlands, declares the Lord. I am against you who say, “Who can come against us? Who can enter our homes?” 14I will punish you according to what you have done, says the Lord. I will kindle a fire in the forest, and it will consume everything around you.


  • 21:1 The stop mark ' shows that the double vowel is to be pronounced as two syllables.
  • 21:4 The Chaldeans were the ethnic group ruling Babylon at this time.