Jeremiah
Chapter 21

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1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,

2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:

4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.

5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.

6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.

7 And 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.

8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

9 He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.

10 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.

11 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD;

12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?

14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.

Commentary for Jeremiah 21

The only way of deliverance is to be surrendering to the Babylonians. (1-10) The wickedness of the king and his household. (11-14)1-10 When the siege had begun, Zedekiah sent to ask of Jeremiah respecting the event. In times of distress and danger, men often seek those to counsel and pray for them, whom, at other times, they despise and oppose; but they only seek deliverance from punishment. When professors continue in disobedience, presuming upon outward privileges, let them be told that the Lord will prosper his open enemies against them. As the king and his princes would not surrender, the people are exhorted to do so. No sinner on earth is left without a Refuge, who really desires one; but the way of life is humbling, it requires self-denial, and exposes to difficulties.

11-14 The wickedness of the king and his family was the worse because of their relation to David. They were urged to act with justice, at once, lest the Lord's anger should be unquenchable. If God be for us, who can be against us? But if he be against us, who can do any thing for us?

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 21

  • Irene123
    To Calvin, one yr. ago - Jer. ch. 21; @ Pet. 2:21.
  • Kathy Evans
    I thought this would help me understand the mean people I have met in the 2017 election.But I can't seem to find what God is telling me to share with them.And I feel very anxious to let them know God has this.Where can I look for this.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Rest assure that our Heavenly Father Magnified His Holy Word of Life above His Name
  • Michael C.
    Many look for help and pray to God, when fear of judgment and punishment for their sins comes upon them; but inwardly they have no heart for actually being converted, or doing Jesus' commandments. It is today like in Genesis 6: it was because of apostasy, and that the "sons of God" would no longer obey the conviction of the Spirit; that the whole of mankind was ruined beyond remedy, and destroyed.
  • Calvin
    This chapter is trying to teach us, if you are a Christian and you turn from God, this is worse than being a non Christian. We should seek God's help and wisdom every day and every respect of our life, not only in bad times.
  • Etinzock for verse 9
    that scriptures means to protect
  • Elizann P. England
    Lord, Jeremiah 21 helps me understand a dream I had of snakes in houses. They were all over the door of the houses, laying on the door seals as you enter the houses. I was setting fire to the houses.

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Bible Trivia

What son of Maaseiah the priest is mentioned in both Jeremiah 21 and 37?
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  • Zephaniah
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