Bonds and Collars1 In the beginning of the kingdom of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah came to pass this word to Jeremiah from the lord, saying, 2 Thus said the lord, Make to yourself bonds and collars, and put them around your neck! 3 And you shall send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the sons of Ammon, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Sidon, by the hands of their messengers, of the ones coming in Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 4 And you shall order them [2to 3their lords 1to say], Thus said the lord of the forces, the God of Israel; Thus you shall say to your lords, 5 I made the earth, and the men, and the cattle, the ones upon the face of the earth, by [3strength 1my 2great] and by [3arm 1my 2high], and I shall give it to whom ever it seems fit in my eyes. 6 And now I gave all the earth to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to serve to him, and the wild beasts of the field to work for him. 7 And to his son, and to the son of his son, unto the coming time of his land, and also of him. And [3shall serve 4to him 2nations 1many], and [2kings 1great]. 8 And the nation, and the kingdom, as many as should not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and as many as should not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, by the sword, and by pestilence, and by famine I shall visit them, said the lord, until they should falter by his hand. 9 And you, hearken not to your false prophets! and of the ones using oracles for you, and of the ones dreaming to you, and of the ones of your omens, and of the ones of your administers of potions, saying, In no way should you work for the king of Babylon. 10 For [3a lie 1they 2prophesy] to you, to distance you from your land, and that I should cast you out, and you shall perish. 11 And the nation which ever should bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and should work for him, I will leave it upon its land, says the lord, and it shall work her, and it will dwell in her. 12 And to Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke according to all these words, saying, Bring your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, 13 and work for him and for his people! and you shall live. Why should you die and your people by sword, and by famine, and by pestilence, as the lord spoke against nations, which served not to the king of Babylon? 14 You should not hearken to the words of the prophets saying to you, You should not serve to the king of Babylon; for unjustly they prophesy to you. 15 I did not send them, says the lord, and they prophesy in my name unjustly for the destroying you. And you shall perish, and your prophets, the ones prophesying to you by an unjust lie. 16 And to the priests and to all this people I spoke, saying, Thus said the lord, Do not hearken to the words of the prophets prophesying to you! saying, Behold, the items of the house of the lord shall return from out of Babylon now quickly. For [3unjustly 1they 2prophesy] to you. 17 Do not hearken to them, but you serve to the king of Babylon! and you should live. Why shall it be to her, to the city for desolation? 18 If they are prophets, and if [3is 1the word 2of the lord] in them, let them meet me, that they should not carry in the vessels, the ones being left behind in the house of the lord, and in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem, into Babylon. 19 For thus said the lord concerning the pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and for the remaining items, the ones being left behind in this city, 20 which [3did not 4take 1the king 2of Babylon] when he resettled Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim king of Judah from out of Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the rulers of Judah and Jerusalem. 21 For thus says the lord of the forces, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels being left behind in the house of the lord, and in the house of the king of Judah, and Jerusalem. 22 [2into 3Babylon 1They shall enter], and there they shall be until the day of their visitation, and I will lead them and I will return them into this place.
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