Jeremiah 25

Jeremiah 25

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1 This message for all the people of Judah came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign* over Judah. This was the year when King Nebuchadnezzar* of Babylon began his reign.1

2 Jeremiah the prophet said to the people in Judah and Jerusalem,

3 "For the past twenty-three years--from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon,* king of Judah, until now--the LORD has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.2

4 "Again and again, the LORD has sent you his prophets, but you have not listened or even tried to hear.

5 Each time the message was this: `Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the LORD gave to you and your ancestors forever.

6 Do not make me angry by worshiping the idols you have made. Then I will not harm you.'

7 "But you would not listen to me," says the LORD. "You made me furious by worshiping your idols, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.

8 And now the LORD Almighty says: Because you have not listened to me,

9 I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the other nations near you. I will completely destroy* you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.3

10 I will take away your happy singing and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard. Your businesses will fail, and all your homes will stand silent and dark.

11 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.

12 "Then, after the seventy years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins, says the LORD. I will make the country of the Babylonians* an everlasting wasteland.4

13 I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book--all the penalties announced by Jeremiah against the nations.

14 Many nations and great kings will enslave the Babylonians, just as they enslaved my people. I will punish them in proportion to the suffering they cause my people."

15 Then the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me, "Take from my hand this cup filled to the brim with my anger, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink from it.

16 When they drink from it, they will stagger, crazed by the warfare I will send against them."

17 So I took the cup of anger from the LORD and made all the nations drink from it--every nation the LORD sent me to.

18 I went to Jerusalem and the other towns of Judah, and their kings and officials drank from the cup. From that day until this, they have been a desolate ruin, an object of horror, contempt, and cursing.

19 I went to Egypt and spoke to Pharaoh, his officials, his princes, and his people. They, too, drank from that terrible cup,

20 along with all the foreigners living in that land. So did all the kings of the land of Uz and the kings of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of Ashdod.

21 Then I went to the nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon,

22 and the kings of Tyre and Sidon, and the kings of the regions across the sea.

23 I went to Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and to the people who live in distant places.*5

24 I went to the kings of Arabia, the kings of the nomadic tribes of the desert,

25 and to the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media.

26 And I went to the kings of the northern countries, far and near, one after the other--all the kingdoms of the world. And finally, the king of Babylon* himself drank from the cup of the LORD's anger.6

27 Then the LORD said to me, "Now tell them, `The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit, and you will fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.'

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1: The fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign and the accession year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign was 605 B.C.

2: The thirteenth year of Josiah's reign was 627 B.C.

3: The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the LORD, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering.

4: Or Chaldeans.

5: Or who clip the corners of their hair.

6: Hebrew of Sheshach, a code name for Babylon.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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