A.(12) I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. (13) Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
B.(14) Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:
C. for they prophesy a lie unto you.
D.(15) For I have not sent them, saith the LORD,
C’. yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.
B’. (16) Also I spake to the priests and to all this people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the LORD’S house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.
A’. (17) Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city be laid waste?