1It came to pass, when the Israelites were taken captive by the king of the Chaldaeans, God spoke to Jeremiah saying, Jeremiah, my chosen one, get up and leave this city, you and Baruch, for I am about to destroy it because of the many sins of those who live in it. 2For your prayers are like a solid pillar in the middle of it, and like a wall of adamant around it. 3Get up now, both of you, and leave it, before the army of the Chaldaeans surrounds it. 4And Jeremiah answered, saying, I beseech thee, Lord, permit thy servant to speak before thee. And the Lord said to him, Speak, Jeremiah, my chosen one. 5And Jeremiah spoke, saying, Lord Almighty, wilt thou deliver the chosen city into the hands of the Chaldaeans, so that the king can boast, together with his hosts, and say, I have prevailed against the holy city of God? 6No, my Lord: if it is thy will, let it be destroyed by thine own hands. 7And the Lord said to Jeremiah, Since you are my chosen one, get up and leave this city, you and Baruch, for I am about to destroy it because of the many sins of those who live in it. 8For neither the king nor his army will be able to enter it, unless I first open its gates. 9So get up, and go to Baruch, and tell him what I have said. 10And then, get up both of you at midnight, 1 Lit. ‘at the sixth hour of the night’. and go onto the city walls, and I will show you that unless I first destroy the city they will not be able to enter it. 11And when he had said this, the Lord left Jeremiah.
1 Lit. ‘at the sixth hour of the night’.