38:3 They had also heard him say, 1 “The Lord says, ‘This city will certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon. They will capture it.’” 2
38:18 But if you do not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be handed over to the Babylonians 3 and they will burn it down. You yourself will not escape from them.’” 4
38:23 “All your wives and your children will be turned over to the Babylonians. 5 You yourself will not escape from them but will be captured by the 6 king of Babylon. This city will be burned down.” 7
1 tn The words “They had also heard him say,” are not in the Hebrew text. They are supplied in the translation for clarity so as to avoid any possible confusion that might be created by saying merely “And the
4 tn Heb “will not escape from their hand.”
sn Zedekiah held out this hope of escape until the end and attempted to do so but was unsuccessful (cf. 39:4-5).
6 tn Heb “you yourself will not escape from their hand but will be seized by [caught in] the hand of the king of Babylon.” Neither use of “hand” is natural to the English idiom.
7 tc This translation follows the reading of the Greek version and a few Hebrew