Jeremiah 25

Prophecy of the Captivity

1The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the a  fourth year of b  Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the c  first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), 2which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the d  people of Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 3“From the e  thirteenth year of f  Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day,
Lit this
these h  twenty-three years the word of the  Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you
Lit rising early and speaking
j  again and again, but you have not listened.
4“And the  Lord has sent to you all His k  servants the prophets
Lit rising early and sending
again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear,
5saying, ‘ m  Turn now everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the land which the  Lord has given to you and your forefathers n  forever and ever; 6and o  do not go after other gods to
Or worship
serve them and to
Or bow down to
worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you no harm.’
7Yet you have not listened to Me,” declares the  Lord, “in order that you might r  provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

8Therefore thus says the  Lord of hosts, ‘Because you have not obeyed My words, 9behold, I will s  send and take all the families of the north,’ declares the  Lord, ‘and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon t  My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will
Or put them under the ban
utterly destroy them and v  make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation.
10‘Moreover, I will
Lit cause to perish
x  take from them the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the y  sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.
11z  This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon aa  seventy years.

Babylon Will Be Judged

12‘Then it will be ab  when seventy years are completed I will ac  punish the king of Babylon and that nation,’ declares the  Lord, ‘for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and ad  I will make it an everlasting desolation. 13I will bring upon that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in ae  this book which Jeremiah has prophesied against af  all the nations. 14‘(
Or For they have served many nations and great kings
For ah  many nations and great kings will make slaves of them, even them; and I will ai  recompense them according to their deeds and according to the work of their hands.)’”

15For thus the  Lord, the God of Israel, says to me, “Take this aj  cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it. 16“They will ak  drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”

17Then I took the cup from the  Lord’s hand and al  made all the nations to whom the  Lord sent me drink it: 18 am  Jerusalem and the cities of Judah and its kings and its princes, to make them a ruin, a horror, a hissing and a curse, as it is this day; 19 an  Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his princes and all his people; 20and all the
Or mixed multitude
ap  foreign people, all the kings of the aq  land of Uz, all the kings of the land of the ar  Philistines (even Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and the remnant of as  Ashdod);
21 at  Edom au  Moab and the sons of av  Ammon; 22and all the kings of aw  Tyre, all the kings of Sidon and the kings of ax  the coastlands which are beyond the sea; 23and ay  Dedan, Tema, az  Buz and all who ba  cut the corners of their hair; 24and all the kings of bb  Arabia and all the kings of the
Or mixed multitude
bd  foreign people who dwell in the desert;
25and all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of be  Elam and all the kings of bf  Media; 26and all the kings of the north, near and far, one with another; and bg  all the kingdoms of the earth which are upon the face of the ground, and the king of
Cryptic name for Babylon
bi  Sheshach shall drink after them.

27You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, bj  Drink, be drunk, vomit, fall and rise no more because of the bk  sword which I will send among you.”’ 28And it will be, if they bl  refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you will say to them, ‘Thus says the  Lord of hosts: bm  You shall surely drink! 29For behold, I am bn  beginning to work calamity in this city which is bo  called by My name, and shall you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for bp  I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth,” declares the  Lord of hosts.’

30Therefore you shall prophesy against them all these words, and you shall say to them, ‘The bq   Lord will br  roar from on high
And utter His voice from His holy habitation;
He will roar mightily against His
Or pasture
He will shout like those who tread the grapes,
Against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31A clamor has come to the end of the earth,
Because the  Lord has bt  a controversy with the nations.
He is entering into bu  judgment with all flesh;
As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,’ declares the  Lord.”

32Thus says the  Lord of hosts,
Behold, evil is going forth
From bv  nation to nation,
And a great bw  storm is being stirred up
From the remotest parts of the earth.

33“Those bx  slain by the  Lord on that day will be from one end of the earth to the
Lit other end of the earth
other. They will bz  not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like ca  dung on the face of the ground.
34Wail, you shepherds, and cry;
And cb  wallow in ashes, you masters of the flock;
For the days of your cc  slaughter and your dispersions
Lit are full
have come,
And you will fall like a choice vessel.
35 ce  Flight will perish from the shepherds,
And escape from the masters of the flock.
36Hear the sound of the cry of the shepherds,
And the wailing of the masters of the flock!
For the  Lord is destroying their pasture,
37And the peaceful
Or pastures
cg  folds are made silent
Because of the ch  fierce anger of the  Lord.
38He has left His hiding place ci  like the lion;
For their land has become a horror
Because of the fierceness of the
Or oppressor
oppressing sword
And because of His fierce anger.”

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