In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiahking of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD,saying ,
Thus saitha the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,3
And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites , and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiahking of Judah;4
And command them to sayb unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;5
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my greatpower and by my outstretchedarm, and have given it unto whom it seemedmeet unto me.
And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son'sson, until the very time of his landcome : and then manynations and greatkings shall serve themselves of him.
And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish , saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.9
Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners , nor to your dreamers,c nor to your enchanters , nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying , Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:10
For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out , and ye should perish .
But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land,saith the LORD; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.