I will silence the sounds of joy and laughter and the voices of the bride and the bridegroom. Yes, I will silence the millstones and snuff out the lamplight.
This whole country will be reduced to a wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.
When the seventy years are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation for their wrongdoing, declares the LORD. I will reduce the land of the Babylonians to a wasteland for all time.
I will unleash upon that land everything I decreed, all that is written in this scroll, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations.
Yes, many great nations and powerful kings will enslave them, and I will pay them back in full for what they have done and made with their hands.
This is what the LORD, God of Israel, said to me: Take this seething cup of wine from my hand and make all the nations gulp it down where I'm sending you.
They will drink and stagger about half-crazed because of the sword that I am sending against them.
So I took the cup from the LORD's hand, and I made all the nations drink from it where the LORD had sent me:
Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials. This was to make them a wasteland, an object of horror, shock, and cursing, as it is today;
Pharaoh, Egypt's king, his attendants and officials, and all his people,
including the foreignersa living there; all the kings of the land of Uz; all the kings of the land of the Philistines—Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what's left of Ashdod;