25 This is the word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakimo son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon). 2 The prophet Jeremiah spoke concerning all the people of Judah and all the residents of Jerusalem as follows: 3 “From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon,p king of Judah, until this very day—twenty-three years—the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you time and time again,C,q but you have not obeyed. 4 The Lord sent all his servants the prophets to you time and time again,D but you have not obeyed or even paid attention.E,r 5 He announced, ‘Turn, each of you, from your evil way of life and from your evil deeds.s Live in the land the Lord gave to you and your ancestors long ago and forever.t 6 Do not follow other gods to serve them and to bow in worship to them,u and do not anger me by the work of your hands.v Then I will do you no harm.
8 “Therefore, this is what the Lord of Armies says: ‘Because you have not obeyed my words, 9 I am going to send for all the families of the north’w—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘and send for my servantx Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will bring them against this land, against its residents, and against all these surrounding nations, and I will completely destroy them and make them an example of horrory and scorn, and ruins forever.z 10 I will eliminate the sound of joy and gladness from them—the voice of the groom and the bride,aa the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole land will become a desolate ruin, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.ab 12 When the seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, and I will make it a ruin forever.a 13 I will bring on that land all my words I have spoken against it, all that is written in this book that Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. 14 For many nations and great kings will enslave them, and I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.’ ”b
15 This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take this cup of the wine of wrath from my hand and make all the nations to whom I am sending you drink from it.c 16 They will drink, stagger,A and go out of their minds because of the sword I am sending among them.”d
all the kings of the land of Uz;
all the kings of the land of the Philistines—Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod;
all the kings of Sidon,
and the kings of the coasts and islands;
and all the kings of the mixed peoples who have settled in the desert;
all the kings of Elam,
and all the kings of Media;
that is, all the kingdoms of the world throughout the earth.
27 “Then you are to say to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Drink,g get drunk, and vomit. Fall down and never get up again, as a result of the sword I am sending among you.’ 28 IfD they refuse to accept the cup from your hand and drink, you are to say to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Armies says: You must drink! 29 For I am already bringing disasterh on the city that bears my name,i so how could you possibly go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth. This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.’j
30 “As for you, you are to prophesy all these things to them, and say to them:
The Lord roars from on high;
he makes his voice heard from his holy dwelling.k
He roars loudly over his grazing land;
he calls out with a shout, like those who tread grapes,
against all the inhabitants of the earth.
because the Lord brings a case againstl the nations.
He enters into judgment with all people.m
As for the wicked, he hands them over to the sword—
this is the Lord’s declaration.
Pay attention! Disaster spreads
from nation to nation.
A huge storm is stirred up
from the ends of the earth.”n
Roll in the dust,q you leaders of the flock.
Because the days of your slaughter have come,r
you will fall and become shattered like a precious vase.
and escape, for the leaders of the flock.
for the Lord is destroying their pasture.
because of the Lord’s burning anger.a
for their land has become a desolation
because of his burning anger.
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