Jeremiah 34:1-22, NLT
A Warning for Zedekiah
1King Nebuchadnezzar*34:1 Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. of Babylon came with all the armies from the kingdoms he ruled, and he fought against Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. At that time this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
4“‘But listen to this promise from the Lord, O Zedekiah, king of Judah. This is what the Lord says: You will not be killed in war
6So Jeremiah the prophet delivered the message to King Zedekiah of Judah.
Freedom for Hebrew Slaves
8This message came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah made a covenant with the people, proclaiming freedom for the slaves.
12So the Lord gave them this message through Jeremiah:
17“Therefore, this is what the Lord says: Since you have not obeyed me by setting your countrymen free, I will set you free to be destroyed by war, disease, and famine. You will be an object of horror to all the nations of the earth.
21“I will hand over King Zedekiah of Judah and his officials to the army of the king of Babylon. And although they have left Jerusalem for a while,