This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD early in the reign of Zedekiah a son of Josiah, king of Judah.
The LORD said to me, "Make a yoke, and fasten it on your neck with leather thongs.
Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon through their ambassadors to King Zedekiah in Jerusalem.
Give them this message for their masters: 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
By my great power I have made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose.
Now I will give your countries to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who is my servant. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.
All the nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until his time is up. But then many nations and great kings will conquer and rule over Babylon.
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)