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Jeremias 21

Gud afslår kongens anmodning om hjælp

1Kong Zidkija sendte senere Pashhur, Malkijas søn, og præsten Sefanja, Maʼasejas søn, til Jeremias med følgende anmodning: „Bed Herren om at hjælpe os, for kong Nebukadnezar af Babylonien har belejret byen. Forhåbentlig vil Herren være barmhjertig og gøre et mirakel som i gamle dage, så Nebukadnezar bliver tvunget til at trække sine tropper tilbage.”

3-4 Jeremias svarede: „Gå tilbage til kong Zidkija med denne besked fra Herren, Israels Gud: Jeg vil sørge for, at dine krigere, som netop nu kæmper imod den babyloniske konge og hans hær, må give op og flygte tilbage ind i byen. Jeg kæmper personligt imod jer med min vældige magt, for min vrede er stor. Jeg vil lade en epidemi bryde ud i byen, så både mennesker og dyr omkommer. Derefter vil jeg overgive kong Zidkija, hans embedsmænd og de overlevende indbyggere til kong Nebukadnezar, som vil slå dem ned uden medfølelse eller barmhjertighed.

Endvidere siger Herren til sit folk: Jeg stiller jer over for et valg. Vil I dø eller leve? De, som bliver i Jerusalem, vil dø i kampen, eller på grund af sult eller sygdom. Men de, som går ud og overgiver sig til babylonierne, vil overleve. 10 Jeg har besluttet at bringe en katastrofe over denne by, siger Herren. Den babyloniske konge vil indtage den og brænde den ned til grunden.

11-12 Og til Judas konge siger Herren: Vær altid retfærdig overfor dine undersåtter. Hjælp dem, som bliver bestjålet eller uretfærdigt behandlet. Gør, hvad der er det rigtige, ellers vil min vrede blusse op imod dig som en fortærende ild på grund af alle dine synder. 13 Jeg vil kæmpe imod Jerusalem, den stolte by, der praler af at være uindtagelig og sikker på bjergets top. 14 Jeg vil selv straffe dig for dit oprør og dine onde handlinger, siger Herren. Jeg sætter ild til dit fornemme palads,[a] og alt, hvad der er i nærheden, skal brændes op.”

Notas al pie

  1. 21,14 Ordret „skoven”, men det er en henvisning til paladset, som var bygget af udsøgte træsorter. Jf. 22,6.

New International Reader's Version

Jeremiah 21

The Lord Refuses Zedekiah’s Appeal

1A message from the Lord came to Jeremiah. It came when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur to Jeremiah. Pashhur was the son of Malkijah. Zedekiah sent Zephaniah the priest along with him. Zephaniah was the son of Maaseiah. They said to Jeremiah, “Ask the Lord to help us. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is attacking us. In the past the Lord did wonderful things for us. Maybe he’ll do them again. Then Nebuchadnezzar will pull his armies back from us.”

But Jeremiah answered them, “Tell Zedekiah and his people, ‘The Lord is the God of Israel. He says, “The king of Babylon and his armies are all around this city. They are getting ready to attack you. You have weapons of war in your hands to fight against them. But I am about to turn your weapons against you. And I will bring your enemies inside this city. I myself will fight against you. I will reach out my powerful hand and mighty arm. I will come against you with all my great anger. I will strike down those who live in this city. I will kill people and animals alike. They will die of a terrible plague. After that, I will hand you over to your enemies. They want to kill you,” announces the Lord. “I will hand over Zedekiah, the king of Judah, and his officials. I will also hand over the people in this city who live through the plague, war and hunger. All of them will be handed over to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. He will kill them with swords. He will show them no mercy. He will not feel sorry for them. In fact, he will not have any concern for them at all.” ’

“Tell the people, ‘The Lord says, “I am offering you a choice. You can choose the way that leads to life. Or you can choose the way that leads to death. Those who stay in this city will die of war, hunger or plague. But suppose some go out and give themselves up to the Babylonians attacking you. They will live. They will escape with their lives. 10 I have decided to do this city harm and not good,” announces the Lord. “It will be handed over to the king of Babylon. And he will destroy it with fire.” ’

11 “Also speak to Judah’s royal family. Tell them, ‘Listen to the Lord’s message. 12 Here is what the Lord says to you who belong to David’s royal house.

“ ‘ “Every morning do what is right and fair.
    Save those who have been robbed.
    Set them free from the people who have treated them badly.
If you do not, my anger will blaze out against you.
    It will burn like fire because of the evil things you have done.
    No one will be able to put it out.
13 Jerusalem, I am against you,” announces the Lord.
    “You live above this valley.
    You are on a high, rocky plain.
And you say, ‘Who can come against us?
    Who can enter our place of safety?’
14 But I will punish you in keeping with what you have done,”
    announces the Lord.
“I will start a fire in your forests.
    It will burn down everything around you.” ’ ”