But for now I, the Lord, say: 1 “I will send many enemies who will catch these people like fishermen. After that I will send others who will hunt them out like hunters from all the mountains, all the hills, and the crevices in the rocks. 2
You will lose your hold on the land 1 which I gave to you as a permanent possession. I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you know nothing about. For you have made my anger burn like a fire that will never be put out.” 2
They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit.
But you must obey me and set the Sabbath day apart to me. You must not carry any loads in through 1 the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. If you disobey, I will set the gates of Jerusalem on fire. It will burn down all the fortified dwellings in Jerusalem and no one will be able to put it out.’”
I will make this city an object of horror, a thing to be hissed at. All who pass by it will be filled with horror and will hiss out their scorn 1 because of all the disasters that have happened to it. 2
The houses in Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be defiled by dead bodies 1 just like this place, Topheth. For they offered sacrifice to the stars 2 and poured out drink offerings to other gods on the roofs of those houses.’”
This man, Jeconiah, will be like a broken pot someone threw away. He will be like a clay vessel 1 that no one wants. 2 Why will he and his children be forced into exile? Why will they be thrown out into a country they know nothing about? 3
For I, the Lord, affirm 1 that I did not send them. They are prophesying lies to you. If you 2 listen to them, I will drive you and the prophets who are prophesying lies out of the land and you will all die in exile.” 3
The whole valley where dead bodies and sacrificial ashes are thrown 1 and all the terraced fields 2 out to the Kidron Valley 3 on the east as far north 4 as the Horse Gate 5 will be included within this city that is sacred to the Lord. 6 The city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”
The Babylonian soldiers 1 that are attacking this city will break into it and set it on fire. They will burn it down along with the houses where people have made me angry by offering sacrifices to the god Baal and by pouring out drink offerings to other gods on their rooftops. 2
‘The defenders of the city will go out and fight with the Babylonians. 1 But they will only fill those houses and buildings with the dead bodies of the people that I will kill in my anger and my wrath. 2 That will happen because I have decided to turn my back on 3 this city on account of the wicked things they have done. 4
Jonadab son of Rechab ordered his descendants not to drink wine. His orders have been carried out. 1 To this day his descendants have drunk no wine because they have obeyed what their ancestor commanded them. But I 2 have spoken to you over and over again, 3 but you have not obeyed me!
So I, the Lord, the God who rules over all, the God of Israel, say: 1 “I will soon bring on Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem all the disaster that I threatened to bring on them. I will do this because I spoke to them but they did not listen. I called out to them but they did not answer.”’”
So you go there the next time all the people of Judah come in from their towns to fast 1 in the Lord’s temple. Read out loud where all of them can hear you what I told you the Lord said, which you wrote in the scroll. 2
Tell King Jehoiakim of Judah, ‘The Lord says, “You burned the scroll. You asked 1 Jeremiah, ‘How dare you write in this scroll that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land and wipe out all the people and animals on it?’” 2
So Ebed Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasure room in the palace. 1 He got some worn-out clothes and old rags 2 from there and let them down by ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.
All the women who are left in the royal palace of Judah will be led out to the officers of the king of Babylon. They will taunt you saying, 1 ‘Your trusted friends misled you; they have gotten the best of you. Now that your feet are stuck in the mud, they have turned their backs on you.’ 2
When King Zedekiah of Judah and all his soldiers saw them, they tried to escape. They departed from the city during the night. They took a path through the king’s garden and passed out through the gate between the two walls. 1 Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
“Go 1 and tell Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, ‘The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, “I will carry out against this city what I promised. It will mean disaster and not good fortune for it. 2 When that disaster happens, you will be there to see it. 3
Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him stood up, pulled out their swords, and killed Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. Thus Ishmael killed the man that the king of Babylon had appointed to govern the country.