This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: "Take from my hand this cup1 filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send2 you drink it.
When they drink3 it, they will stagger4 and go mad5 because of the sword6 I will send among them."
So I took the cup from the LORD's hand and made all the nations to whom he sent7 me drink it:
Jerusalem8 and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin9 and an object of horror and scorn,10 a cursea11--as they are today;1219
Pharaoh king13 of Egypt,14 his attendants, his officials and all his people,
and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz;15 all the kings of the Philistines16 (those of Ashkelon,17 Gaza,18 Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod);
Edom,19 Moab20 and Ammon;2122
all the kings of Tyre22 and Sidon;23 the kings of the coastlands24 across the sea;
Dedan,25 Tema,26 Buz27 and all who are in distant placesb;2824
all the kings of Arabia29 and all the kings of the foreign people30 who live in the wilderness;
all the kings of Zimri,31 Elam32 and Media;3326
and all the kings of the north,34 near and far, one after the other--all the kingdoms35 on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshakc36 will drink it too.
"Then tell them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk37 and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword38 I will send among you.'
But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink39, tell them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it!
See, I am beginning to bring disaster40 on the city that bears my Name,41 and will you indeed go unpunished?42 You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword43 on all44 who live on the earth,45 declares the LORD Almighty.'
"Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: " 'The LORD will roar46 from on high; he will thunder47 from his holy dwelling48 and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread49 the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth.
The tumult50 will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges51 against the nations; he will bring judgment52 on all53 humankind and put the wicked to the sword,54' " declares the LORD.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Look! Disaster55 is spreading from nation to nation;56 a mighty storm57 is rising from the ends of the earth."5833
At that time those slain59 by the LORD will be everywhere--from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered60 up or buried,61 but will be like dung lying on the ground.
Weep and wail, you shepherds;62 roll63 in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered64 has come; you will fall like the best of the rams.d6535
The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.6636
Hear the cry67 of the shepherds,68 the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture.
The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Like a lion69 he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate70 because of the sworde of the oppressor71 and because of the LORD's fierce anger.72