[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakima son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon).
The prophet Jeremiah spoke concerning all the people of Judah and all the residents of Jerusalem as follows:
"From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until this very day-23 years-the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you time and time again,b but you have not obeyed.
The Lord sent all His servants the prophets to you time and time again,c but you have not obeyed or even paid attention.d5
He announced, 'Turn, each of you, from youre evil way of life and from your evil deeds.f Live in the land the Lord gave to you and your ancestors forever and ever.
Do not follow other gods to serve them and to worship them,g and do not provoke Me to anger by the work of your hands.h Then I will do you no harm.
" 'But you would not obey Me'-[this is] the Lord's declaration-'in order that you might provoke Me to anger by the work of your hands and bring disaster on yourselves.'
"Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts says: 'Because you have not obeyed My words,
I am going to send for all the families of the north'i-[this is] the Lord's declaration-'and [send for] My servantj Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will bring them against this land, against its residents, and against all these surrounding nations, and I will completely destroy them and make them a desolation,k a derision, and ruins forever.
I will eliminate the sound of joy and gladness from them-the voice of the bridegroom and the bride,l the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.
This whole land will become a desolate ruin, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.m12
When the 70 years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation'-[this is] the Lord's declaration-'the land of the Chaldeans, for their guilt, and I will make it a ruin forever.
I will bring on that land all My words I have spoken against it, all that is written in this book that Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations.
For many nations and great kings will enslave them, and I will repay them according to their deedsn and the work of their hands.' "