1. The manifestation was upon Jeremiah from before the Lord -- Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, and all his power, and all the kingdoms of the earth that are [under] the rule of His Hand -- all the nations shall fight over Jerusalem and over all its towns.*
2. Thus says the Lord God of Israel, "Go and tell Zedekiah, King of Judea, 'thus said the Lord,' Behold, I shall deliver this city into the hands of the King of Babylon and they shall burn it with fire.
3.And you shall not escape his hands, except you shall be utterly* taken and delivered into his hands, and your eyes shall see the eyes of the King of Babylon and your mouth shall speak to his mouth, and you will go to Babylon."
4. Therefore, hear the manifestation of the Lord, O Zedekiah, King of Judea, thus says the Lord concerning you, "you shall not die by the sword, except you shall die in peace.
5. "And just as they writhed over your ancestors, the kings of old who came before you, so they will writhe over you, woe to you, O master, for they shall writhe over you, for it is I who has uttered this oracle* over you."
6. And Jeremiah the Prophet delivered* all these oracles to Zedekiah, King of Judea, at Jerusalem.
7. And the forces of the King of Babylon fought over Jerusalem and over all the towns of Judea remaining, over Lachish and over Ezeqah, because they were the [only] ones remaining of the towns of Jerusalem, [for they were well-defended] towns.
8. The manifestation* came upon Jeremiah from the Lord* to say after King Zedekiah made the covenant with all the people of Jerusalem, who are called the Free.*
9. So that [every] man should forgive* his [Hebrew] servant* and [every] man [should forgive] his Hebrew maiden [as they are] the Children of the Free,* that you shall not make your Hebrew brother or sister the servant* into a slave.*
10. All the noblemen and all the people listened and accepted* that a man should forgive his slave and a man [should forgive] his maiden, the children of the free, so as they should not have to work for them again. And they freed them;
11. But they went back [on their word] later and they enslaved the freed [men and the freed women] and made them into slaves [again.]
12. And the manifestation of the Lord was upon Jeremiah to say:
13. "I made the Covenant* with your ancestors on the Day that I liberated them from the land of Egypt, from the home of slavery," thus to declare,
14. "After seven years, [every] man shall forgive his Hebrew brother that was sold to you and that worked for you for six years, and you shall forgive the Son of the Free from amongst you, but your ancestors did not listen to me and they did not cock their ear toward me.
15. "And today you have turned back and done what is beautiful in my eyes, [every] man calling his companion to freedom, and you have raised this covenant in the house upon which my name is called.
16. "[But then] you turned around and dishonored my name and you returned the slave, each man and his maiden, each one, whom you had allowed to be free souls again,* and you caught them to be become your slaves and maidens again."
17. Because of that, thus said the Lord God of Israel, "You did not [choose to] hear me in calling for freedom each man to his companion. Behold, I call you to freedom for war, hunger and death," said the Lord, "and I give you to be shaken by all the kingdoms of the earth.
18. "And I shall make* the men who transgressed my covenant, who did not follow* up on my instructions [according to] the covenant they made* before me, [like] the calf that they cut up in two and passed* between its [two] halves.
19. "And all the noblemen of Judea and Jerusalem, the believers and the high priests, and all the people of the land* that passed between the [two] halves of the calf.*
20. "And I shall deliver them into the hands of their enemies and into the hands of those that want their souls, and their carcasses shall become the food of the birds of the sky and the creatures of the earth."
21. "Therefore,* I shall deliver Zedekiah and his noblemen into the hands of their enemies and into the hands of those that want their souls, and into the hands of the forces of the King of Babylon that came up against them.
22. "Behold, it is I that have commanded this," said the Lord. "And I shall return them to this city, and they shall fight over it, they shall capture it, and they shall burn it with fire, and [likewise] the towns of Judea, they shall come to ruin and [be left without] settlers."
*34:1 NB! Prophesy regarding all the nations of the earth that tried to draw their legitimacy by occupying Israel.
*34:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Takingly taken."
*34:5.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Manifestation."
*34:5.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Said."
*34:8.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Oracle. That was upon Jeremiah."
*34:8.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "From before."
*34:8.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Raised the raising."
*34:8.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Freed."
*34:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Leave."
*34:9.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Freed."
*34:9.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To not be enslaved a man to his brother the Jew."
NB! This is why the Lord made the Jewish people into slaves of Egypt and Babylon; it was to teach them that no one should be treated like a slave. This was in preparation for the Lord's Coming to the World, to Free the World of all slavery.
*34:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Accepted over them."
*34:13 Lit. Ar. id.: "Raised the raising," or "stood the standing."
*34:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And you turned back and muddled my name and returned a man his slave and a man his maiden that you had forgiven the Children of the Free [to become] their slaves...."
*34:18.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Give."
*34:18.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Release."
*34:18.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Raised."
*34:18.4 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Raised half the reward."
*34:19.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Earth."
*34:19.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Passed through the middle of the calf."
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