Jeremiah Trivia:

I myself will fight against you
21:1-14

1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,

King Zedekiah sent Pashur and Zephaniah to talk to Jeremiah.

They said to him,

2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

Ask God to help us fight against Nebuchadrezzar, the king of Babylon.

3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:

4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.

Jeremiah said to them,

Say this to Zedekiah:

This is what God says:

I won't help you fight against them.

5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.

Instead, I'll fight against you with my strong arm, in my anger, fury [1], and great wrath.

6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.

I'll smite Jerusalem, both man and beast, with a great pestilence.

7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.

8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

Then I'll deliver Zedekiah and everyone in Jerusalem from the pestilence, sword, and famine, and give them to Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon.

And he'll smite them with the sword. He won't spare, pity, or have mercy on them.

9 He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.

Those who live in the city will die by the sword, famine, or pestilence.

The survivors will be taken as slaves to Babylon.

10 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.

11 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD;

12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Because I've decided to do evil to Jerusalem.

The king of Babylon will burn it with fire.

13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?

I am against those of you who live in the valley and those who live on the plain.

14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.

I'll kindle a fire that will burn everything that is around it.