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Book of Jeremiah Chapter 21

Chapter 21

Team Babylon

  • King Zedekiah of Judah sends the priests Pashur and Zephaniah to ask Jeremiah for God's advice about how to deal with King Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian invasion.
  • Zedekiah's hoping God will save them with a miracle.
  • Nope. God says that he's going to fight on the side of the Babylonians against Judah.
  • God will kill the people and animals in Jerusalem through war, pestilence and famine.
  • The people who survive (including Zedekiah) will be captured by Nebuchadnezzar, who will kill a lot of them.
  • God says that they're better off surrendering—if they don't, they'll likely get killed, and Nebuchadnezzar will burn down the city.
  • Another prophecy from God warns the House of David, telling them to be righteous and to punish robbers, or else God will wreak vengeance on them.
  • The people living in the valley around Jerusalem will have no hope of saving themselves, so they shouldn't kid themselves about their refuges and hiding places.
  • God's going to kindle a fire that will devour everyone; there's no place to hide.

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