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  • Even if you were to destroy the entire Babylonian army, leaving only a handful of wounded survivors, they would still stagger from their tents and burn this city to the ground!" - Jeremiah 37:10

  • When the Babylonian army left Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's approaching army, - Jeremiah 37:11

  • But as he was walking through the Benjamin Gate, a sentry arrested him and said, "You are defecting to the Babylonians!" The sentry making the arrest was Irijah son of Shelemiah and grandson of Hananiah. - Jeremiah 37:13

  • Later King Zedekiah secretly requested that Jeremiah come to the palace, where the king asked him, "Do you have any messages from the LORD?" "Yes, I do!" said Jeremiah. "You will be defeated by the king of Babylon." - Jeremiah 37:17

  • Where are your prophets now who told you the king of Babylon would not attack you? - Jeremiah 37:19

  • "This is what the LORD says: Everyone who stays in Jerusalem will die from war, famine, or disease, but those who surrender to the Babylonians* will live.2 - Jeremiah 38:2

  • The LORD also says: The city of Jerusalem will surely be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it." - Jeremiah 38:3

  • Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "The LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: If you surrender to Babylon, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned. - Jeremiah 38:17

  • But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground." - Jeremiah 38:18

  • "But I am afraid to surrender," the king said, "for the Babylonians will hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me?" - Jeremiah 38:19

  • All the women left in your palace will be brought out and given to the officers of the Babylonian army. Then the women will taunt you, saying, `What fine friends you have! They have betrayed and misled you. When your feet sank in the mud, they left you to your fate!' - Jeremiah 38:22

  • All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned." - Jeremiah 38:23

  • Two and a half years later, on July 18,* the Babylonians broke through the wall, and the city fell.2 - Jeremiah 39:2

  • All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim,* a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and many others.3 - Jeremiah 39:3

  • King Zedekiah and his royal guard saw the Babylonians in the city gate, so they fled when the darkness of night arrived. They went out through a gate between the two walls behind the king's garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.*4 - Jeremiah 39:4

  • But the Babylonians* chased the king and caught him on the plains of Jericho. They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who was at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.5 - Jeremiah 39:5

  • Then he gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in chains, and sent him away to exile in Babylon. - Jeremiah 39:7
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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