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Jeremiah 25 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Seventy Years of Captivity

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:1 - The word came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:2 - So Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people of Judah and to all those living in Jerusalem:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:3 - For twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day—the word of the LORD has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:4 - And though the LORD has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:5 - They said, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the LORD gave to you and your ancestors for ever and ever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:6 - Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not arouse my anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:7 - “But you did not listen to me,” declares the LORD, “and you have aroused my anger with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:8 - Therefore the LORD Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:9 - I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the LORD, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy[fn] them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:10 - I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:11 - This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:12 - “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians,[fn] for their guilt,” declares the LORD, “and will make it desolate forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:13 - I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:14 - They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”

The Cup of God’s Wrath

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:15 - This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:16 - When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad because of the sword I will send among them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:17 - So I took the cup from the LORD’s hand and made all the nations to whom he sent me drink it:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:18 - Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn, a curse[fn]—as they are today;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:19 - Pharaoh king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials and all his people,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:20 - and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (those of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod);
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:21 - Edom, Moab and Ammon;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:22 - all the kings of Tyre and Sidon; the kings of the coastlands across the sea;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:23 - Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who are in distant places[fn];
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:24 - all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who live in the wilderness;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:25 - all the kings of Zimri, Elam and Media;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:26 - and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other—all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshak[fn] will drink it too.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:27 - “Then tell them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:28 - But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:29 - See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword on all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:30 - “Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: “ ‘The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:31 - The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,’ ”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:32 - This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:33 - At that time those slain by the LORD will be everywhere—from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried, but will be like dung lying on the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:34 - Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall like the best of the rams.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:35 - The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:36 - Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:37 - The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:38 - Like a lion he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword[fn] of the oppressor and because of the LORD’s fierce anger.
NIV Footnotes
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them.
Or Chaldeans
That is, their names to be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, to be seen by others as cursed
Or who clip the hair by their foreheads
Sheshak is a cryptogram for Babylon.
Septuagint; Hebrew fall and be shattered like fine pottery
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 46:16 and 50:16); most Hebrew manuscripts anger

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