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Jeremiah 27:1-8 (New International Version)

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Judah to Serve Nebuchadnezzar

1 Early in the reign of Zedekiaha1 son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 This is what the LORD said to me: "Make a yoke2 out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck. 3 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. 4 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: 5 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. 6 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 7 All nations will serve13 him and his son and his grandson until the time14 for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate15 him. 8 " ' "If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish16 that nation with the sword,17 famine18 and plague,19 declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand.
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