Jeremiah 25 ©

1 Jeremiah, reproving the Jews for disregarding God's messages by his prophets, 8 foretelleth the seventy years' captivity, 12 and the succeeding destruction of Babylon. 15 Under the figure of the cup of God's fury he foresheweth the overthrow of divers nations. 34 The howling of the shepherds.


THE word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah ain the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;


The which Jeremiah the prophet spake bunto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,


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.

c ch. 1.2.

And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the fprophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.


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:


And igo not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with jthe works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.


kYet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.


¶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.


Moreover I will 1take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the nvoice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, othe sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.


And pthis whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and qthese nations shall serve the king of Babylon rseventy years.


¶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.


¶For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the ywine cup of this fury at my hand, and zcause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.


And they shall drink, aand be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.


Then btook I the cup at the LORD's hand, and cmade all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:


*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;


gPharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;


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,


kEdom, and lMoab, and the children of Ammon,


And mall the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the 3isles which are beyond the sea,


nDedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are 4in the utmost corners,


And all the kings of Arabia, and oall the kings of the pmingled people that dwell in the desert,

p v.20.

And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of qElam, and all the kings of the Medes,


And all the kings of rthe north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of sSheshach shall drink after them.


Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; tDrink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.


And it shall be, if they refuse to utake the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, vThus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

u v.15.

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.


A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; cfor the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.


Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, devil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts 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.


And 8the ishepherds shall jhave no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.


A kvoice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard : for the LORD hath spoiled their pasture.


And lthe peaceable habitations are cut down mbecause of the fierce anger of the LORD.


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.