8 Therefore the Lord Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words, 9 I will summons all the peoples of the northt and my servantu Nebuchadnezzarv king of Babylon,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroya w them and make them an object of horror and scorn,x and an everlasting ruin.y 10 I will banish from them the soundsz of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom,a the sound of millstonesb and the light of the lamp.c 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland,d and these nations will servee the king of Babylon seventy years.f
12 “But when the seventy yearsg are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylonh and his nation, the land of the Babylonians,b for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolatei forever. 13 I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are writtenj in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. 14 They themselves will be enslavedk by many nationsl and great kings; I will repaym them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.