Jeremiah 27:17
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New International Version
Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this city become a ruin?

New Living Translation
Do not listen to them. Surrender to the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this whole city be destroyed?

English Standard Version
Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon and live. Why should this city become a desolation?

New American Standard Bible
"Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city become a ruin?

King James Bible
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city be laid waste?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon and live! Why should this city become a ruin?

International Standard Version
Don't listen to them! Serve the king of Babylon and you'll live. Why should this city become a ruin?

NET Bible
Do not listen to them. Be subject to the king of Babylon. Then you will continue to live. Why should this city be made a pile of rubble?'"

New Heart English Bible
Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city become a desolation?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't listen to them. Instead, serve the king of Babylon, and live. Why should this city be turned into rubble?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live; wherefore should this city become desolate?

New American Standard 1977
“Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city become a ruin?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon and live: why should this city be laid waste?

King James 2000 Bible
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city be laid waste?

American King James Version
Listen not to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city be laid waste?

American Standard Version
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city become a desolation?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore hearken not to them, but serve the king of Babylon, that you may live. Why should this city be given up to desolation?

Darby Bible Translation
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city become a waste?

English Revised Version
Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: wherefore should this city become a desolation?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken not to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city be laid waste?

World English Bible
Don't listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city become a desolation?

Young's Literal Translation
Ye do not hearken unto them, serve the king of Babylon, and live. Why is this city a waste?
Study Bible
The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar
16Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, "Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, 'Behold, the vessels of the LORD'S house will now shortly be brought again from Babylon'; for they are prophesying a lie to you. 17"Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city become a ruin? 18"But if they are prophets, and if the word of the LORD is with them, let them now entreat the LORD of hosts that the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, in the house of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem may not go to Babylon.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 7:34
"Then I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the land will become a ruin.

Jeremiah 38:17
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, 'If you will indeed go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then you will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will survive.

Jeremiah 42:11
Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you are now fearing; do not be afraid of him,' declares the LORD, 'for I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hand.
Treasury of Scripture

Listen not to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city be laid waste?

serve.

Jeremiah 27:11,12 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king …

wherefore.

Jeremiah 27:13 Why will you die, you and your people, by the sword, by the famine, …

Jeremiah 38:17,23 Then said Jeremiah to Zedekiah, Thus said the LORD, the God of hosts, …

(17) Hearken not unto them.--The prophecy of the restoration of the vessels of the Temple was clearly not a mere prediction. It had been used as an incentive to rebellion. "Make one last effort," the prophets virtually said, "and the spoiler shall be compelled to disgorge his booty." The prophet saw that such an effort would but hasten the utter destruction of the Temple and the city.

Hearken not unto them,.... The false prophets:

serve the king of Babylon, and live; pay homage and tribute to him; which is the way to live in your own land, and enjoy the benefits of that, and of the temple worship; which, if not, you will be utterly deprived of:

wherefore should this city be laid waste? as it certainly will, should you rebel against the king of Babylon; and as it was in a few years after, when they did. 27:12-18 Jeremiah persuades the king of Judah to surrender to the king of Babylon. Is it their wisdom to submit to the heavy iron yoke of a cruel tyrant, that they may secure their lives; and is it not much more our wisdom to submit to the pleasant and easy yoke of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, that we may secure our souls? It were well if sinners would be afraid of the destruction threatened against all who will not have Christ to reign over them. Why should they die the second death, infinitely worse than that by sword and famine, when they may submit and live? And those who encourage sinners to go on in sinful ways, will perish with them.
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