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Jeremiah Warns Zedekiah
The besieging army was before the walls of Jerusalem when the prophet is commanded to go to the king and tell him that the city will soon be burned. He announced also Zedekiah’s fate. He could not escape, but would be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon. He would see Nebuchadnezzar eye to eye, speak with him mouth to mouth, and then be taken to Babylon. Ezekiel said he should not see Babylon Ezekiel 12:13 . Both statements are true. He saw the king as a prisoner at Riblah and there his eyes were put out 2 Kings 25:6-30 , and then he was taken away to Babylon. Yet he was not to die by the sword, but in peace. And Jeremiah discharged faithfully his message.
The Message of Condemnation
The king had made a covenant that all Hebrew slaves should be released Exodus 21:1-36 ; Deuteronomy 15:12-23 . The princes and people agreed, but afterwards broke the covenant. The message of condemnation tells them, since they had done this, that the Lord will set them free to fall a prey to the sword, the pestilence and famine. The text explains itself.
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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Jeremiah 34". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19