“From the (A)thirteenth year of (B)Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, [a]these (C)twenty-three years the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you (D)again and again, but you have not listened. And the Lord has sent to you all His (E)servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear, saying, ‘(F)Turn now, everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and live on the land which the Lord has given to you and your forefathers (G)forever and ever; and (H)do not follow other gods to [b]serve them and to [c]worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, then I will do you no harm.’ Yet you have not listened to Me,” declares the Lord, “in order to (I)provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

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

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 25:3 Lit this
  2. Jeremiah 25:6 Or worship
  3. Jeremiah 25:6 Or bow down to
  4. Jeremiah 25:9 Or put them under the ban
  5. Jeremiah 25:9 Or whistling