Early in the reign of Zedekiaha1 son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
This is what the LORD said to me: "Make a yoke2 out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck.
Then send3 word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon,4 Tyre and Sidon5 through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.
Give them a message for their masters and say, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Tell this to your masters:
With my great power and outstretched arm6 I made7 the earth and its people and the animals8 that are on it, and I give9 it to anyone I please.
Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant10 Nebuchadnezzar11 king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.12