Jeremiah 27:2-13 NIV

2 This is what the LORD said to me: "Make a yoke1 out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck.

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3 Then send2 word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon,3 Tyre and Sidon4 through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.

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4 Give them a message for their masters and say, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Tell this to your masters:
5 With my great power and outstretched arm5 I made6 the earth and its people and the animals7 that are on it, and I give8 it to anyone I please.

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6 Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant9 Nebuchadnezzar10 king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.11

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7 All nations will serve12 him and his son and his grandson until the time13 for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate14 him.

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8 " ' "If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish15 that nation with the sword,16 famine17 and plague,18 declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand.

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9 So do not listen to your prophets,19 your diviners,20 your interpreters of dreams,21 your mediums22 or your sorcerers23 who tell you, 'You will not serve24 the king of Babylon.'

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10 They prophesy lies25 to you that will only serve to remove26 you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish.

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11 But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke27 of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live28 there, declares the LORD." ' "

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12 I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, "Bow your neck under the yoke29 of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.30

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13 Why will you and your people die31 by the sword, famine and plague32 with which the LORD has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

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