“Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, 1 so we may examine them 2 and see how they were fulfilled. 3 Or decree for us some future events!
You are tired out from listening to so much advice. 1 Let them take their stand – the ones who see omens in the sky, who gaze at the stars, who make monthly predictions – let them rescue you from the disaster that is about to overtake you! 2
Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out and your throats become dry. 1 But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me because I love those foreign gods 2 and want to pursue them!’
The Lord said to his people: 1 “You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. 2 Ask where the old, reliable paths 3 are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing 4 and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls.” But they said, “We will not follow it!”
Some time later 1 Zedekiah sent and had Jeremiah brought to him at the third entrance 2 of the Lord’s temple. The king said to Jeremiah, “I would like to ask you a question. Do not hide anything from me when you answer.” 3
So King Zedekiah made a secret promise to Jeremiah and sealed it with an oath. He promised, 1 “As surely as the Lord lives who has given us life and breath, 2 I promise you this: I will not kill you or hand you over to those men who want to kill you.” 3
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
In the shadows of the walls of Heshbon those trying to escape will stand helpless. For a fire will burst forth from Heshbon. Flames will shoot out from the former territory of Sihon. They will burn the foreheads of the people of Moab, the skulls of those war-loving people. 1
This is what the Lord who rules over all 1 says, “Babylon’s thick wall 2 will be completely demolished. 3 Her high gates will be set on fire. The peoples strive for what does not satisfy. 4 The nations grow weary trying to get what will be destroyed.” 5
I will throw my net over him and he will be caught in my snare; I will bring him to Babylon and judge him there because of the unfaithfulness he committed against me.
Just as it is written in the law of Moses, so all this calamity has come on us. Still we have not tried to pacify 1 the LORD our God by turning back from our sin and by seeking wisdom 2 from your reliable moral standards. 3
Hearing this, 1 the men became even more afraid 2 and said to him, “What have you done?” (The men said this because they knew that he was trying to escape 3 from the Lord, 4 because he had previously told them. 5 )
They will rule 1 the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod 2 with a drawn sword. 3 Our king 4 will rescue us from the Assyrians should they attempt to invade our land and try to set foot in our territory.