They do not lie with the fallen warriors of ancient times, 1 who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, having their swords placed under their heads and their shields on their bones, 2 when the terror of these warriors was in the land of the living.
“All the leaders of the north are there, along with all the Sidonians; despite their might they have gone down in shameful terror with the dead. They lie uncircumcised with those killed by the sword, and bear their shame with those who descend to the pit.
Joab reported the number of warriors 1 to the king. In Israel there were 800,000 sword-wielding warriors, and in Judah there were 500,000 soldiers.
If I go out into the countryside, I see those who have been killed in battle. If I go into the city, I see those who are sick because of starvation. 1 For both prophet and priest go about their own business in the land without having any real understanding.’” 2
They will die of deadly diseases. No one will mourn for them. They will not be buried. Their dead bodies will lie like manure spread on the ground. They will be killed in war or die of starvation. Their corpses will be food for the birds and wild animals.
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. 1
Then the Lord said to me, 1 “Tell them that the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, 3 ‘Drink this cup 4 until you get drunk and vomit. Drink until you fall down and can’t get up. 5 For I will send wars sweeping through you.’ 6
I will chase after them with war, 1 starvation, and disease. I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to them. I will make them examples of those who are cursed, objects of horror, hissing scorn, and ridicule among all the nations where I exile them.
“The Lord says, ‘Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. 1 Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians 2 will live. They will escape with their lives.’” 3
All the people who are determined to go and settle in Egypt will die from war, starvation, or disease. No one will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’
But ever since we stopped sacrificing and pouring out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven, we have been in great need. Our people have died in wars or of starvation.” 1
Some who survive in battle will return to the land of Judah from the land of Egypt. But they will be very few indeed! 1 Then the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will know whose word proves true, 2 mine or theirs.’