'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will repel the weapons of war in your hands, those you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall, and I will bring them into the center of this city.
I will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, with anger, rage, and great wrath.
I will strike the residents of this city, both man and beast. They will die in a great plague.
Afterwards'"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "'King Zedekiah of Judah, his officers, and the people-- those in this city who survive the plague, the sword, and the famine-- I will hand over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, to their enemies, yes, to those who want to take their lives. He will put them to the sword; he won't spare them or show pity or compassion.'
He will take Zedekiah to Babylon where he will stay until I attend to him'-- [this is] the LORD's declaration. 'You will fight the Chaldeans, but you will not succeed'?"
This is what the LORD says: Don't deceive yourselves by saying: The Chaldeans will leave us for good, for they will not leave.
Indeed, if you were to strike down the entire Chaldean army that is fighting with you, and there remained among them only the badly wounded men, each in his tent, they would get up and burn this city down."
I have hid
I will scatter them before the enemy like the east wind. I will show them [My] back and not [My] face on the day of their calamity.
For I have turned against this city to [bring] disaster and not good""-- [this is] the LORD's declaration. "'It will be handed over to the king of Babylon, who will burn it down.'
My anger will burn against them on that day; I will abandon them and hide My face from them so that they will become easy prey. Many troubles and afflictions will come to them. On that day they will say, 'Haven't these troubles come to us because our God is no longer with us?'
He said: "I will hide My face from them; I will see what will become of them, for they are a perverse generation-- unfaithful children.
When you lift up your hands [in prayer], I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
"Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil.
I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him.
No one calls on Your name, striving to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and made us melt because ofour iniquity.
And the nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile on account of their iniquity, because they dealt unfaithfully with Me. Therefore, I hid My face from them and handed them over to their enemies, so that they all fell by the sword.
I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and transgressions, and I hid My face from them.
I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out My Spirit on the house of Israel." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
Then they will cry out to the LORD, but He will not answer them. He will hide His face from them at that time because of the crimes they have committed.