In the beginning of the reign of Yehoiakim the son of Yoshiyahu, king of Yehudah, came this word to Yirmeyahu from the LORD, saying,
Thus says the LORD to me: Make you bonds and bars, and put them on your neck;
and send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Mo'av, and to the king of the children of `Ammon, and to the king of Tzor, and to the king of Tzidon, by the hand of the messengers who come to Yerushalayim to Tzidkiyahu king of Yehudah;
and give them a charge to their masters, saying, Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Yisra'el, Thus shall you tell your masters:
I have made the eretz, the men and the animals that are on the surface of the eretz, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give it to whom it seems right to me.
Now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nevukhadnetztzar the king of Bavel, my servant; and the animals of the field also have I given him to serve him.