Captive Judah will serve Babylon for seventy years—Various nations will be overthrown—In the last days, all the inhabitants of the earth will be at war.
1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
3 From the thirteenth ayear of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
4 And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the aprophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
8 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not aheard my words,
9 Behold, I will asend and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and bNebuchadrezzar the king of cBabylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly ddestroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of amirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
12 ¶ And it shall come to pass, when aseventy years are accomplished, that I will bpunish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
14 For many nations and great kings shall aserve themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.
16 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
17 Then took I the acup at the Lord’s hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the Lord had sent me:
18 aTo wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the autmost corners,
24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be adrunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to adrink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
29 For, lo, I abegin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts.
30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily aroar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great awhirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
33 And the aslain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be blamented, neither gathered, nor cburied; they shall be dung upon the ground.
34 ¶ Howl, ye ashepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your bdispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.
36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture.
37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord.
38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.