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Jeremiah 25 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Seventy Years of Captivity
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:1 - This message for all the people of Judah came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign over Judah.[fn] This was the year when King Nebuchadnezzar[fn] of Babylon began his reign.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:2 - Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people in Judah and Jerusalem,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:3 - “For the past twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon,[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:4 - “Again and again the LORD has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:5 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:6 - Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:7 - “But you would not listen to me,” says the LORD. “You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:8 - And now the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Because you have not listened to me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:9 - 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 surrounding nations. I will completely destroy[fn] you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:10 - I will take away your happy singing and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard. Your millstones will fall silent, and the lights in your homes will go out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:11 - This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:12 - “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[fn] a wasteland forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:13 - I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book—all the penalties announced by Jeremiah against the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:14 - 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.”
The Cup of the LORD’s Anger
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:15 - This is what 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:16 - When they drink from it, they will stagger, crazed by the warfare I will send against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:17 - So I took the cup of anger from the LORD and made all the nations drink from it—every nation to which the LORD sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:18 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:19 - I gave the cup to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials, and all his people,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:20 - along with all the foreigners living in that land. I also gave it to all the kings of the land of Uz and the kings of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of Ashdod.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:21 - Then I gave the cup to the nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:22 - and the kings of Tyre and Sidon, and the kings of the regions across the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:23 - I gave it to Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and to the people who live in distant places.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:24 - I gave it to the kings of Arabia, the kings of the nomadic tribes of the desert,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:25 - and to the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:26 - And I gave it 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[fn] himself drank from the cup of the LORD’s anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:27 - Then the LORD said to me, “Now tell them, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit; fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:28 - And if they refuse to accept the cup, tell them, ‘The LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: You have no choice but to drink from it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:29 - I have begun to punish Jerusalem, the city that bears my name. Now should I let you go unpunished? No, you will not escape disaster. I will call for war against all the nations of the earth. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:30 - “Now prophesy all these things, and say to them,
“‘The LORD will roar against his own land
from his holy dwelling in heaven.
He will shout like those who tread grapes;
he will shout against everyone on earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:31 - His cry of judgment will reach the ends of the earth,
for the LORD will bring his case against all the nations.
He will judge all the people of the earth,
slaughtering the wicked with the sword.
I, the LORD, have spoken!’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:32 - This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says:
“Look! Disaster will fall upon nation after nation!
A great whirlwind of fury is rising
from the most distant corners of the earth!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:33 - In that day those the LORD has slaughtered will fill the earth from one end to the other. No one will mourn for them or gather up their bodies to bury them. They will be scattered on the ground like manure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:34 - Weep and moan, you evil shepherds!
Roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock!
The time of your slaughter has arrived;
you will fall and shatter like a fragile vase.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:35 - You will find no place to hide;
there will be no way to escape.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:36 - Listen to the frantic cries of the shepherds.
The leaders of the flock are wailing in despair,
for the LORD is ruining their pastures.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:37 - Peaceful meadows will be turned into a wasteland
by the LORD’s fierce anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 25:38 - He has left his den like a strong lion seeking its prey,
and their land will be made desolate
by the sword of the enemy
and the LORD’s fierce anger.
NLT Footnotes
The fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign and the accession year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign was 605 B.C.
Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 25:9.
The thirteenth year of Josiah’s reign was 627 B.C.
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.
Or Chaldeans.
Or who clip the corners of their hair.
Hebrew of Sheshach, a code name for Babylon.

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