Jeremiah 21:2
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New International Version
"Inquire now of the LORD for us because Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps the LORD will perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us."

New Living Translation
"Please speak to the LORD for us and ask him to help us. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is attacking Judah. Perhaps the LORD will be gracious and do a mighty miracle as he has done in the past. Perhaps he will force Nebuchadnezzar to withdraw his armies."

English Standard Version
“Inquire of the LORD for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.”

New American Standard Bible
"Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us."

King James Bible
Inquire, 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Ask the LORD on our behalf, since Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will perform for us something like all His past wonderful works so that Nebuchadnezzar will withdraw from us."

International Standard Version
Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is fighting against us. Perhaps the LORD will do some of his miraculous acts for us, and Nebuchadnezzar will depart from us."

NET Bible
"Please ask the LORD to come and help us, because King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is attacking us. Maybe the LORD will perform one of his miracles as in times past and make him stop attacking us and leave."

New Heart English Bible
"Please inquire of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us: perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Consult the LORD for us, because King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is attacking us. Maybe the LORD will perform miracles for us so that Nebuchadnezzar will retreat."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; peradventure the LORD will deal with us according to all His wondrous works, that he may go up from us.'

New American Standard 1977
“Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, that the enemy may withdraw from us.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon makes war against us; peradventure the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, and he will go up from upon us.

King James 2000 Bible
Inquire, I pray you, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes 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.

American King James Version
Inquire, I pray you, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon makes 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.

American Standard Version
Inquire, I pray thee, of Jehovah for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us: peradventure Jehovah will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Inquire of the Lord for us, for Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon maketh war against us: if so be the Lord will deal with us according to all his wonderful works, that he may depart from us.

Darby Bible Translation
Inquire, I pray thee, of Jehovah for us; for Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that Jehovah will deal with us according to all his marvellous works, that he may go up from us.

English Revised Version
Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us: peradventure the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; it may be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

World English Bible
Please inquire of Yahweh for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us: perhaps Yahweh will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

Young's Literal Translation
'Inquire, we pray thee, for us at Jehovah, for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath fought against us; perhaps Jehovah doth deal with us according to all His wonders, and doth cause him to go up from off us.'
Study Bible
Jerusalem will Fall to Babylon
1The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, 2"Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us." 3Then Jeremiah said to them, "You shall say to Zedekiah as follows:…
Cross References
Genesis 10:10
The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Exodus 9:28
"Make supplication to the LORD, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer."

2 Kings 17:24
The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from Avva and from Hamath and Sephar-vaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessed Samaria and lived in its cities.

2 Kings 25:1
Now in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a siege wall all around it.

Psalm 44:1
For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old.

Isaiah 48:2
"For they call themselves after the holy city And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.

Jeremiah 15:11
The LORD said, "Surely I will set you free for purposes of good; Surely I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you In a time of disaster and a time of distress.

Jeremiah 21:3
Then Jeremiah said to them, "You shall say to Zedekiah as follows:

Jeremiah 32:17
'Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

Jeremiah 37:3
Yet King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "Please pray to the LORD our God on our behalf."
Treasury of Scripture

Inquire, I pray you, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon makes 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.

Enquire.

Jeremiah 37:3,7 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah …

Jeremiah 38:14-27 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet to him …

Jeremiah 42:4-6 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, I have heard you; behold, …

Judges 20:27 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of …

1 Samuel 10:22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet …

1 Samuel 28:6,15 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither …

1 Kings 14:2,3 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray you, and disguise yourself, …

1 Kings 22:3-8 And the king of Israel said to his servants, Know you that Ramoth …

2 Kings 1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go …

2 Kings 3:11-14 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that …

2 Kings 22:13,14 Go you, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all …

Ezekiel 14:3-7 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and …

Ezekiel 20:1-3 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the …

for.

Jeremiah 32:24 Behold the mounts, they are come to the city to take it; and the …

Jeremiah 39:1,2 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, …

Jeremiah 52:3-6 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and …

2 Kings 25:1,2 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth …

according.

Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

Joshua 10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of Jerusalem had heard …

Joshua 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, …

Judges 4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, …

Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

1 Samuel 7:10-12 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines …

1 Samuel 14:6-14 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and …

1 Samuel 17:45-50 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and …

2 Chronicles 14:9-13 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host …

2 Chronicles 20:1-30 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the …

2 Chronicles 32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor, …

Psalm 44:1-4 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what …

Psalm 46:8-11 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he has made in the earth…

Psalm 48:4-8 For, see, the kings were assembled, they passed by together…

Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the …

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

Isaiah 59:1,2 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither …

(2) Nebuchadrezzar.--This form of the name, as might be expected in the writings of one who was personally brought into contact with the king and his officers, is more correct than that of Nebuchadnezzar, which we find elsewhere, and even in Jeremiah's own writings (Jeremiah 34:1; Jeremiah 39:5).

The name has been variously interpreted by scholars as "Nebo protects against misfortune," "Nebo protects the land-marks," "Nebo protects the crown," or "Fire, the shining God."

If so be that the Lord will deal with us . . .--The messengers come to inquire of the prophet, and yet suggest the answer which he is expected to give. Jehovah is to show His wondrous works in the deliverance of the city. The history of Sennacherib's army (2 Kings 19; Isaiah 37) was probably present to their minds. It was apparently an attempt on the part of the king and his counsellors, under the show of a devout reverence, to entice Jeremiah to change his tone and side with the policy of resistance to the Chaldans. In Jeremiah 37:3 we have another like mission, coming apparently at a somewhat later date in the reign of Zedekiah

That he may go up from us.--i.e., in modern phraseology, that he may "raise the siege."

Verse 2. - Nebuchadrezzar. This form predominates in Jeremiah and Daniel, and is the only form found in Ezekiel. It is, in fact, the correct way of spelling the name, which is in Babylonian Nabu-kudura-ucur, i.e. "Nebo, protect [or perhaps, 'has made'] the crown." According to all his wondrous works; e.g., the destruction of Sennacherib, which must have occurred in the first instance to the minds of devout Jews. Inquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us,.... Or, "seek the Lord now for us" (n); seek the Lord by prayer and supplication for me and my people, for this city and the inhabitants of it; entreat him that he would appear for us, and deliver us out of the hands of the enemy; for this they said in the name of the king that sent them, who knew that the prophet had an interest at the throne of grace, and was a favourite of heaven; and therefore desired him to be an intercessor for them:

for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; the same that is elsewhere called Nebuchadnezzar, commonly called by the Greeks Nebuchodonosor; he was now come up to Jerusalem, and was besieging it, as had been predicted:

if so be the Lord will deal with us according to all his wondrous works; which he had done in times past for that nation; as by bringing them out of Egypt; driving out the Canaanites before them; delivering them out of the hands of their neighbours, time after time, when oppressed by them; and particularly by destroying the Assyrian army in Hezekiah's time, which was besieging the city of Jerusalem, and causing their king to depart and flee in haste; and their present case being similar to that, it is very likely that that was more especially in view:

that he may go up from us; namely, the king of Babylon; that he may rise up, and raise the siege, and depart into his own country, as Sennacherib did.

(n) "interroga nunc pro nobis", Vatablus: Pagninus; "inquire nunc", Montanus. 2. Nebuchadrezzar—the more usual way of spelling the name in Jeremiah than Nebuchadnezzar. From Persiac roots, meaning either "Nebo, the chief of the gods," or, "Nebo, the god of fire." He was son of Nabopolassar, who committed the command of the army against Egypt, at Carchemish, and against Judea, to the crown prince.

according to all his wondrous works—Zedekiah hopes for God's special interposition, such as was vouchsafed to Hezekiah against Sennacherib (2Ki 19:35, 36).

he—Nebuchadnezzar.

go up from us—rise up from the siege which he sat down to lay (Jer 37:5, 11, Margin; Nu 16:24, 27; 1Ki 15:19, Margin).21:1-10 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.
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