“Therefore this is what the Lord of armies says: ‘Because you have not obeyed My words, behold, I will (A)send and take all the families of the north,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, (B)My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these surrounding nations; and I will [a]completely destroy them and (C)make them an object of horror and [b]hissing, and an everlasting place of ruins. 10 Moreover, I will (D)eliminate from them the voice of jubilation and the voice of joy, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the (E)sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 (F)This entire land will be a place of ruins and an object of horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for (G)seventy years.

Babylon Will Be Judged

12 ‘Then it will be (H)when seventy years are completed I will (I)punish the king of Babylon and that nation,’ declares the Lord, ‘for their wrongdoing, and the land of the Chaldeans; and (J)I will make it an everlasting desolation. 13 I will bring upon that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in (K)this book which Jeremiah has prophesied against (L)all the nations. 14 ([c]For (M)many nations and great kings will make slaves of them, even them; and I will (N)repay them according to their deeds and according to the work of their hands.)’”

15 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to me: “Take this (O)cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and give it to all the nations to whom I send you, to drink from it. 16 Then they will (P)drink and loudly vomit and act insanely because of the sword that I am going to send among them.”

17 So I took the cup from the Lords hand and (Q)gave it to all the nations to whom the Lord sent me, to drink from it: 18 To (R)Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, and its kings and its officials, to make them places of ruins, objects of horror, [d]hissing, and a curse, as it is this day;

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 25:9 Or put them under the ban
  2. Jeremiah 25:9 Or whistling
  3. Jeremiah 25:14 Or For they have served many nations and great kings
  4. Jeremiah 25:18 Or whistling