Then I went to the nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon,
and the kings of Tyre and Sidon, and the kings of the regions across the sea.
I went to Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and to the people who live in distant places. a24
I went to the kings of Arabia, the kings of the nomadic tribes of the desert,
and to the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media.
And I went to the kings of the northern countries, far and near, one after the other -- all the kingdoms of the world. And finally, the king of Babylon b himself drank from the cup of the LORD's anger.
Then the LORD said to me, "Now tell them, 'The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit, and you will fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.'
And if they refuse to accept the cup, tell them, 'The LORD Almighty says: You must drink from it. You cannot escape!
I have begun to punish Jerusalem, the city where my own name is honored. Now should I let you go unpunished? No, you will not escape disaster. I will call for war against all the nations of the earth. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!'
"Now prophesy all these things, and say to them, 'The LORD will roar loudly against his own land from his holy dwelling in heaven. He will shout against everyone on the earth, like the harvesters do as they crush juice from the grapes.
His cry of judgment will reach the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring his case against all the nations. He will judge all the people of the earth, slaughtering the wicked with his sword. The LORD has spoken!'"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)