Because of the LORD's anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Then, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Zedekiah did what was evil in the LORD's sight just as Jehoiakim had done.
Because of the LORD's anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Nevertheless, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Now say to that rebellious house: Don't you know what these things mean? Tell [them]: The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and officials, and brought them back with him to Babylon.
He took one of the royal family and made a covenant with him, putting him under oath. Then he took away the leading men of the land,
so the kingdom might be humble and not exalt itself but might keep his covenant in order to endure.
However, this king revolted against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt so they might give him horses and a large army. Will he flourish? Will the one who does such things escape? Can he break a covenant and [still] escape?
"As I live"-- [this is] the declaration of the Lord God-- "he will die in Babylon, in the land of the king who put him on the throne, whose oath he despised and whose covenant he broke.
Pharaoh will not help him with [his] great army and vast horde in battle, when ramps are built and siege walls constructed to destroy many lives.
He despised the oath by breaking the covenant. He did all these things even though he gave his hand [in pledge]. He will not escape!"
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: "As I live, I will bring down on his head My oath that he despised and My covenant that he broke.
I will spread My net over him, and he will be captured in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon and execute judgment on him there for the treachery he committed against Me.
So Joshua established peace with them and made a treaty to let them live, and the leaders of the community swore an oath to them.
All the leaders answered them, "We have sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we cannot touch them.
This is how we will treat them: we will let them live, so that no wrath will fall on us because of the oath we swore to them."
The Gibeonites were not Israelites but rather a remnant of the Amorites. The Israelites had taken an oath concerning them, but Saul had tried to kill them in his zeal for the Israelites and Judah. So David summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them.
But the king of Assyria discovered a conspiracy by Hoshea-- he had sent envoys to So king of Egypt and had not paid tribute money to the king of Assyria as in previous years. Therefore, the king of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison.
But our ancestors acted arrogantly; they became stiff-necked and did not listen to Your commands.
They refused to listen and did not remember Your wonders You performed among them. They became stiff-necked and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in faithful love, and You did not abandon them.
Because I know that you are stubborn, and your neck is iron and your forehead bronze,
But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also and did not let the people go.
You are still acting arrogantly against My people by not letting them go.
You warned them to turn back to Your law, but they acted arrogantly and would not obey Your commandments. They sinned against Your ordinances, by which a person will live if he does them. They stubbornly resisted, stiffened their necks, and would not obey.
Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment is revealed.
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the desert,
But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception.