In the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah a son of Josiah of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord.
Thus the Lord said to me: Make yourself a yoke of straps and bars, and put them on your neck.
Send word b to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the Ammonites, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon by the hand of the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to King Zedekiah of Judah.
Give them this charge for their masters: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters:
It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the people and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever I please.
Now I have given all these lands into the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him even the wild animals of the field to serve him.
All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes; then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.
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