37:8 Then the Babylonian forces 1 will return. They will attack the city and will capture it and burn it down. 37:9 Moreover, I, the Lord, warn you not to deceive yourselves into thinking that the Babylonian forces 2 will go away and leave you alone. For they will not go away. 3 37:10 For even if you were to defeat all the Babylonian forces 4 fighting against you so badly that only wounded men were left lying in their tents, they would get up and burn this city down.”’” 5
3 tn Heb “Thus says the
5 tn The length and complexity of this English sentence violates the more simple style that has been used to conform such sentences to contemporary English style. However, there does not seem to be any alternative that would enable a simpler style and still retain the causal and conditional connections that give this sentence the rhetorical force that it has in the original. The condition is, of course, purely hypothetical and the consequence a poetic exaggeration. The intent is to assure Zedekiah that there is absolutely no hope of the city being spared.