Keep my commands
he taught me, and he said to me: “Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that
Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?
Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians who are besieging it will live. They will escape with their lives.
I will send famine and wild beasts against you and they will take your children from you.
But now give back the man’s wife. Indeed
And you solemnly admonished them in order to return them to your law, but they behaved presumptuously and did not obey your commandments. They sinned against your ordinances – those by which an individual, if he obeys them,
“The Lord says, ‘Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease.
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments – sword, famine, wild animals, and plague – to Jerusalem
Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior
“All the servants of the king and the people of the king’s provinces know that there is only one law applicable