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smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
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.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
21:2 Inquire. Such a request was presumptuous in the extreme. God had already spoken repeatedly; Zedekiah’s brother, king Jehoiachin, had already been taken captive to Babylon, and Jeremiah had warned the people for years; yet neither Zedekiah nor the people as a whole had repented of their evil ways. Yet, now Zedekiah still wanted Jeremiah to have him excused.
21:9 falleth to the Chaldeans. Jeremiah’s counsel to surrender rather than fight might seem unpatriotic and cowardly, or even treasonous had he not been warning the people and their leaders for many years that all this was coming if they did not repent and return to God. Now God was still offering them a way at least to save their lives, but they still would not heed.