I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and happiness, the sounds of brides and bridegrooms, and the sound of people grinding meal. And I will take away the light of the lamp.
That whole area will be an empty desert, and these nations will be slaves of the king of Babylon for seventy years.
"But when the seventy years have passed, I will punish the king of Babylon and his entire nation for their evil," says the Lord. "I will make that land a desert forever.
I will make happen all the terrible things I said about Babylonia -- everything Jeremiah prophesied about all those foreign nations, the warnings written in this book.
Even the Babylonians will have to serve many nations and many great kings. I will give them the punishment they deserve for all their own hands have done."
The Lord, the God of Israel, said this to me: "My anger is like the wine in a cup. Take it from my hand and make all the nations, to whom I am sending you, drink all of my anger from this cup.
They will drink my anger and stumble about and act like madmen because of the war I am going to send among them."
So I took the cup from the Lord's hand and went to those nations and made them drink from it.
I served this wine to the people of Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, and the kings and officers of Judah, so they would become a ruin. Then people would be shocked and would insult them and speak evil of them. And so it has been to this day.
I also made these people drink of the Lord's anger: the king of Egypt, his servants, his officers, all his people,
and all the foreigners there; all the kings of the land of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (the kings of the cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod);