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.
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When they drink3 it, they will stagger4 and go mad5 because of the sword6 I will send among them."
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So I took the cup from the LORD's hand and made all the nations to whom he sent7 me drink it:
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Jerusalem8 and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin9 and an object of horror and scorn,10 a curse11--as they are today;12
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Pharaoh king13 of Egypt,14 his attendants, his officials and all his people,
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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);
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Edom,19 Moab20 and Ammon;21
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all the kings of Tyre22 and Sidon;23 the kings of the coastlands24 across the sea;
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Dedan,25 Tema,26 Buz27 and all who are in distant places;28
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all the kings of Arabia29 and all the kings of the foreign people30 who live in the wilderness;
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all the kings of Zimri,31 Elam32 and Media;33
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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 Sheshak36 will drink it too.
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"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.'
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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!
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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.'
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"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.
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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.
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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."58
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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.
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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.65
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The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.66
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Hear the cry67 of the shepherds,68 the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture.
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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 sword of the oppressor71 and because of the LORD's fierce anger.72
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