The Lord spoke his word to Jeremiah soon after Zedekiah son of Josiah was made king of Judah.
This is what the Lord said to me: "Make a yoke out of straps and poles, and put it on the back of your neck.
Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon by their messengers who have come to Jerusalem to see Zedekiah king of Judah.
Tell them to give this message to their masters: 'The Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: "Tell your masters:
I made the earth, its people, and all its animals with my great power and strength. I can give the earth to anyone I want.
Now I have given all these lands to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, my servant. I will make even the wild animals obey him.
All nations will serve Nebuchadnezzar and his son and grandson. Then the time will come for Babylon to be defeated, and many nations and great kings will make Babylon their servant.