Jeremiah 25 ©
Jeremiah, reproving the Jews for disregarding God's messages by his prophets, foretelleth the seventy years' captivity, and the succeeding destruction of Babylon. Under the figure of the cup of God's fury he foresheweth the overthrow of divers nations. The howling of the shepherds.
cFrom the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, drising early and speaking; ebut ye have not hearkened.
They said, gTurn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers hfor ever and ever:
¶Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,
Behold, lI will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, mmy servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
¶And it shall come to pass, swhen seventy years are accomplished, that tI will 2punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it uperpetual desolations.
And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written vin this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
For wmany nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also: xand I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.
*To wit, dJerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, eto make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; fas it is this day;
And hall the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of iUz, and all the kings of the land of the jPhilistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
For, lo, wI begin to bring evil on the city 5which is called by my name, and xshould ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: yfor I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, zThe LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from ahis holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; bhe shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
And ethe slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: fthey shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
¶gHowl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for 6the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall hlike a 7pleasant vessel.
He hath forsaken his *covert, as the lion: for their land is 9desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.