Early in the reign of Zedekiaha1 son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
This is what the LORD said to me: "Make a yoke2 out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck.
Then send3 word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon,4 Tyre and Sidon5 through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.
Give them a message for their masters and say, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Tell this to your masters:
With my great power and outstretched arm6 I made7 the earth and its people and the animals8 that are on it, and I give9 it to anyone I please.
Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant10 Nebuchadnezzar11 king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.127
All nations will serve13 him and his son and his grandson until the time14 for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate15 him.
" ' "If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish16 that nation with the sword,17 famine18 and plague,19 declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand.
So do not listen to your prophets,20 your diviners,21 your interpreters of dreams,22 your mediums23 or your sorcerers24 who tell you, 'You will not serve25 the king of Babylon.'
They prophesy lies26 to you that will only serve to remove27 you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish.
But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke28 of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live29 there, declares the LORD." ' "