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Judgment on the Nations

15 For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: “Take this twine cup of 3fury from My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it. 16 And uthey will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”

17 Then I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, and made all the nations drink, to whom the Lord had sent me: 18 Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and its princes, to make them va desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and wa curse, as it is this day; 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his princes, and all his people; 20 all the mixed multitude, all the kings of xthe land of Uz, all the kings of the land of the yPhilistines (namely, Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and zthe remnant of Ashdod); 21 aEdom, Moab, and the people of Ammon; 22 all the kings of bTyre, all the kings of Sidon, and the kings of the coastlands which are across the csea; 23 dDedan, Tema, Buz, and all who are in the farthest corners; 24 all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the emixed multitude who dwell in the desert; 25 all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of fElam, and all the kings of the gMedes; 26 hall the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world which are on the face of the earth. Also the king of 4Sheshach shall drink after them.

27 “Therefore you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: i“Drink, jbe drunk, and vomit! Fall and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.” ’ 28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “You shall certainly drink! 29 For behold, kI begin to bring calamity on the city lwhich is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished, for mI will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth,” says the Lord of hosts.’

30 “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:

‘The Lord will nroar from on high,

And utter His voice from oHis holy habitation;

He will roar mightily against pHis fold.

He will give qa shout, as those who tread the grapes,

Against all the inhabitants of the earth.

31 A noise will come to the ends of the earth—

For the Lord has ra controversy with the nations;

sHe will plead His case with all flesh.

He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the Lord.”

32 Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Behold, disaster shall go forth

From nation to nation,

And ta great whirlwind shall be raised up

From the farthest parts of the earth.

33 u“And at that day the slain of the Lord shall be from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be vlamented, wor gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground.

34 “Wail, xshepherds, and cry!

Roll about in the ashes,

You leaders of the flock!

For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions are fulfilled;

You shall fall like a precious vessel.

35 And the shepherds will have no 5way to flee,

Nor the leaders of the flock to escape.

36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds,

And a wailing of the leaders to the flock will be heard.

For the Lord has plundered their pasture,

37 And the peaceful dwellings are cut down

Because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

38 He has left His lair like the lion;

For their land is desolate

Because of the fierceness of the Oppressor,

And because of His fierce anger.”


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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