I will summon1 all the peoples of the north2 and my servant3 Nebuchadnezzar4 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 destroya5 them and make them an object of horror and scorn,6 and an everlasting ruin.710
I will banish from them the sounds8 of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom,9 the sound of millstones10 and the light of the lamp.1111
This whole country will become a desolate wasteland,12 and these nations will serve13 the king of Babylon seventy years.1412
"But when the seventy years15 are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon16 and his nation, the land of the Babylonians,b for their guilt," declares the LORD, "and will make it desolate17 forever.