Jeremiah 27:17
Good News Translation
Don't listen to them! Submit to the king of Babylonia and you will live! Why should this city become a pile of ruins?

Contemporary English Version
If you choose to obey the king of Babylonia, you will live. But if you listen to those prophets, this whole city will be nothing but a pile of rubble.

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?

New American Bible
Do not listen to them! Serve the king of Babylon that you may live. Why should this city become rubble?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

serve.

Jeremiah 27:11,12 But the nation that shall bend down their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and shall serve him: I will let them remain in their own land, saith the Lord: and they shall till it, and dwell in it. . . .

wherefore.

Jeremiah 27:13 Why will you die, thou and thy people by the sword, and by famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

Jeremiah 38:17,23 And Jeremiah said to Sedecias: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: If thou wilt take a resolution and go out to the princes of the king of Babylon, thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burnt with fire: and thou shalt be safe, and thy house. . . .

Context
The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar
16I spoke also to the priests, and to this people, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Hearken not to the words of your prophets, that prophesy to you, saying: Behold the vessels of the Lord shall now in a short time be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you. 17Therefore hearken not to them, but serve the king of Babylon, that you may live. Why should this city be given up to desolation?18But if they be prophets, and the word of the Lord be in them: let them interpose themselves before the Lord of hosts, that the vessels which were left in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Juda, and in Jerusalem, may not go to Babylon.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 7:34
And I will cause to cease out of the cities of Juda, and out of 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 shall be desolate.

Jeremiah 38:17
And Jeremiah said to Sedecias: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: If thou wilt take a resolution and go out to the princes of the king of Babylon, thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burnt with fire: and thou shalt be safe, and thy house.

Jeremiah 42:11
Fear not because of the king of Babylon, of whom you are greatly afraid: fear him not, saith the Lord: for I am with you, to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

Additional Translations
Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon and live! Why should this city become a ruin?Listen not to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live: why should this city be laid waste?

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

I sent them not.

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

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

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

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

Ye do not hearken unto them, serve the king of Babylon, and live. Why is this city a waste?
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