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.