So I took the cup of anger from the LORD and made all the nations drink from it -- every nation the LORD sent me to.
I went to Jerusalem and the other towns of Judah, and their kings and officials drank from the cup. From that day until this, they have been a desolate ruin, an object of horror, contempt, and cursing.
I went to Egypt and spoke to Pharaoh, his officials, his princes, and his people. They, too, drank from that terrible cup,
along with all the foreigners living in that land. So did all the kings of the land of Uz and the kings of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of Ashdod.
Then I went to the nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon,
and the kings of Tyre and Sidon, and the kings of the regions across the sea.
I went to Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and to the people who live in distant places. a24
I went to the kings of Arabia, the kings of the nomadic tribes of the desert,
and to the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media.
And I went to the kings of the northern countries, far and near, one after the other -- all the kingdoms of the world. And finally, the king of Babylon b himself drank from the cup of the LORD's anger.
Then the LORD said to me, "Now tell them, 'The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit, and you will fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.'
And if they refuse to accept the cup, tell them, 'The LORD Almighty says: You must drink from it. You cannot escape!
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