The word that came to Jeremiahconcerningall the people of Judah, in the 1fourthyear of 2Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the 3firstyear of Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon ),
2whichJeremiah the prophetspoke to all the 4people of Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
"From the 5thirteenthyear of 6Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to thisday, athese7twenty-threeyears the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken to you b8again and again, but you have not listened.
"And the LORD has sent to you all His 9servants the prophetscagain and again, but you have not listenednorinclined your ear to hear,
5saying, '10Turnnoweveryone from his evilway and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the landwhich the LORD has given to you and your forefathers11forever and ever;
and 12do not goafterothergods to dserve them and to eworship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you noharm.'
"Yet you have not listened to Me," declares the LORD, "in order that you might 13provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.
8"Thereforethussays the LORD of hosts, 'Because you have not obeyed My words,
9behold, I will 14send and takeall the families of the north,' declares the LORD, 'and I will send to Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, 15My servant, and will bring them againstthisland and against its inhabitants and againstallthesenationsroundabout; and I will futterlydestroy them and 16make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlastingdesolation.
'Moreover, I will g17take from them the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the 18sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.
'19Thiswholeland will be a desolation and a horror, and thesenations will serve the king of Babylon20seventyyears.
'Then it will be 21when seventyyears are completed I will 22punish the king of Babylon and that nation,' declares the LORD, 'for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and 23I will make it an everlastingdesolation.
'I will bring upon that landall My wordswhich I have pronouncedagainst it, all that is written in 24thisbookwhichJeremiah has prophesiedagainst25all the nations.
'(hFor 26manynations and greatkings will makeslaves of them, even them; and I will 27recompense them according to their deeds and according to the work of their hands.)' "
For thus the LORD, the God of Israel, says to me, "Takethis28cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it.
"They will 29drink and stagger and gomadbecause of the sword that I will sendamong them."
Then I took the cup from the LORD'Shand and 30made all the nations to whom the LORDsent me drink it:
1831Jerusalem and the cities of Judah and its kings and its princes, to make them a ruin, a horror, a hissing and a curse, as it is thisday;
1932Pharaohking of Egypt, his servants, his princes and all his people;
and all the i33foreignpeople, all the kings of the 34land of Uz, all the kings of the land of the 35Philistines (even Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and the remnant of 36Ashdod );
2137Edom, 38Moab and the sons of 39Ammon;
and all the kings of 40Tyre, all the kings of Sidon and the kings of 41the coastlandswhich are beyond the sea;
and 42Dedan, Tema, 43Buz and all who 44cut the corners of their hair;
and all the kings of 45Arabia and all the kings of the j46foreignpeople who dwell in the desert;
and all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of 47Elam and all the kings of 48Media;
and all the kings of the north, near and far, one with another; and 49all the kingdoms of the earthwhich are upon the face of the ground, and the king of k50Sheshach shall drinkafter them.
"You shall say to them, 'Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "51Drink, be drunk, vomit, fall and riseno more because of the 52swordwhich I will sendamong you."'
"And it will be, if they 53refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you will say to them, 'Thussays the LORD of hosts: "54You shall surelydrink!
"For behold, I am 55beginning to workcalamity in this citywhich is 56called by My name, and shall you be completelyfree from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for 57I am summoning a swordagainstall the inhabitants of the earth," declares the LORD of hosts.'
"Therefore you shall prophesyagainst them allthesewords, and you shall say to them, 'The 58LORD will 59roar from on high And utter His voice from His holyhabitation; He will roarmightilyagainst His lfold. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, Againstall the inhabitants of the earth.
'A clamor has come to the end of the earth, Because the LORD has 60a controversy with the nations. He is entering into 61judgment with allflesh; As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,' declares the LORD."
32Thussays the LORD of hosts, "Behold, evil is goingforth From 62nation to nation, And a great63storm is being stirred up From the remotestparts of the earth.
"Those 64slain by the LORD on that day will be from one end of the earth to the mother . They will 65not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like 66dung on the face of the ground.
34"Wail, you shepherds, and cry; And 67wallow in ashes, you masters of the flock; For the days of your 68slaughter and your dispersionsnhave come, And you will fall like a choicevessel.
"69Flight will perish from the shepherds, And escape from the masters of the flock.
"Hear the sound of the cry of the shepherds, And the wailing of the masters of the flock! For the LORD is destroying their pasture,
"And the peacefulo70folds are madesilentBecause of the 71fierceanger of the LORD.
"He has left His hidingplace72like the lion; For their land has become a horrorBecause of the fierceness of the poppressing sword And because of His fierceanger."