Jeremiah 21:8
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New International Version
"Furthermore, tell the people, 'This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.

New Living Translation
"Tell all the people, 'This is what the LORD says: Take your choice of life or death!

English Standard Version
“And to this people you shall say: ‘Thus says the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Berean Study Bible
You are also to say to this people, ‘This is what the LORD says: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall also say to this people, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

King James Bible
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

Christian Standard Bible
"But tell this people, 'This is what the LORD says: Look, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.

Contemporary English Version
Then I told them that the LORD had said: People of Jerusalem, I, the LORD, give you the choice of life or death.

Good News Translation
Then the LORD told me to say to the people, "Listen! I, the LORD, am giving you a choice between the way that leads to life and the way that leads to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"But you must say to this people, 'This is what the LORD says: Look, I am presenting to you the way of life and the way of death.

International Standard Version
"You are to say to this people, 'This is what the LORD says: "I'm about to set before you the way of life and the way of death.

NET Bible
"But tell the people of Jerusalem that the LORD says, 'I will give you a choice between two courses of action. One will result in life; the other will result in death.

New Heart English Bible
To this people you shall say, "Thus says the LORD: 'Look, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Say to these people, 'This is what the LORD says: I am going to give you the choice of life or death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And unto this people thou shalt say: Thus saith the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

New American Standard 1977
“You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus hath the LORD said: Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

King James 2000 Bible
And unto this people you shall say, Thus says the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

American King James Version
And to this people you shall say, Thus said the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

American Standard Version
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And to this people thou shalt say: Thus saith the Lord: Behold I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

Darby Bible Translation
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

English Revised Version
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

World English Bible
To this people you shall say, Thus says Yahweh: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Young's Literal Translation
And unto this people thou dost say, Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am setting before you the way of life, And the way of death!
Study Bible
Jerusalem will Fall to Babylon
7After that, declares the LORD, I will hand over King Zedekiah of Judah, his officers, and the people in this city who survive the plague and sword and famine, to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and to their enemies who seek their lives. He will put them to the sword; he will not spare them or show pity or compassion.’ 8You are also to say to this people, ‘This is what the LORD says: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. 9Whoever stays in this city will die by sword and famine and plague, but whoever goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who besiege you will live and retain his life like a spoil of war.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 30:15
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, as well as death and disaster.

Deuteronomy 30:19
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. So choose life, so that you and your descendants may live,

Proverbs 12:28
There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.

Isaiah 1:19
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best of the land.

Isaiah 1:20
But if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Jeremiah 38:17
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD, the God of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'If you indeed surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, then you will live, this city will not be burned down, and you and your household will survive.

Treasury of Scripture

And to this people you shall say, Thus said the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

I set.

Deuteronomy 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

Deuteronomy 30:15,19 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil…

Isaiah 1:19,20 If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land…







(8) The way of life, and the way of death.--The words are not unlike those of Deuteronomy 11:26-27; Deuteronomy 30:15; Deuteronomy 30:19, but there is something like a solemn irony in their application here. They obviously present themselves, not with the wide spiritual application with which they meet us there, but are to be taken in their lowest and most literal sense. The "way of life" is no longer that way of righteousness which the men of Judah had forsaken, leading to the life of eternal blessedness, but simply submission to the Chaldaeans, and the life so gained was one of exile and poverty, if not of bondage also.

And unto the people thou shalt say, thus saith the Lord,.... These are the words, not of the prophet to the messengers of the king, ordering or advising them what they each of them should say to the people; for the message by them is finished; but they are the words of the Lord to the prophet, directing him what he should say to the people at this critical juncture:

behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death; the way how to preserve their lives; and which, if they did not choose to take, would be inevitable death. The allusion seems to be to a phrase used by Moses, when he gave the law; obedience to which would issue in life, and disobedience in death, Deuteronomy 30:15. 8. "Life," if ye surrender; "death," if ye persist in opposing the Chaldees (compare De 30:19). The individuality of Jeremiah's mission from God is shown in that he urges to unconditional surrender; whereas all former prophets had urged the people to oppose their invaders (Isa 7:16; 37:33, 35).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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