At the beginning of the reign of Zedekiaha son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord:b2
"This is what the Lord said to me: Make fetters and yoke barsc for yourself and put them on your neck.
Send [word] to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the Ammonites, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon through messengers who are coming to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem.
Command them [to go] to their masters, saying: This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: This is what you must say to your masters:
By My great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please.d6
So now I have placed all these lands under the authority of My servante Nebuchadnezzar,f king of Babylon. I have even given him the wild animals to serve him.
All nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson until the time for his own land comes, and then many nations and great kings will enslave him.
"As for the nation or kingdom that does not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and does not place its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation I will punish by sword, famine, and plague"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"until through him I have destroyed it.
But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners,g your dreamers, your fortune-tellers,h or your sorcerersi who say to you: Don't serve the king of Babylon!
for they prophesy a lie to you so that you will be removed from your land. I will banish you, and you will perish.
But as for the nation that will put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave it in its own land, and that nation will tillj it and reside in it." [This is] the Lord's declaration.