Seventy Years of Captivity
25:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all
the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
25:2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the
people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
25:3 From 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, rising early and speaking; but ye
have not hearkened.
25:4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the
prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not
hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
25:5 They said, Turn 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 for
ever and ever:
25:6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to
worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of
your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
25:7 Yet 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.
25:8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye
have not heard my words,
25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the
north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of
Babylon, my 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
25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth,
and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and
the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the
light of the candle.
25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an
astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of
Babylon seventy years.
25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are
accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and
that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the
land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual
25:13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I
have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this
book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the
25:14 For many nations and great kings shall serve
themselves of them also: and I will recompense them
according to their deeds, and according to the works of
their own hands.
The Cup of Godís Wrath
25:15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take
the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the
nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.
25:16 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad,
because of the sword that I will send among them.
25:17 Then took I the cup at the LORD's hand, and made all
the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:
25:18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the
kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a
desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it
is this day;
25:19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his
princes, and all his people;
25:20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the
land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the
Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the
remnant of Ashdod,
25:21 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,
25:22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of
Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
25:23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the
25:24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the
mingled people that dwell in the desert,
25:25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of
Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
25:26 And all the kings of the 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 Sheshach shall
drink after them.
25:27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken,
and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword
which I will send among you.
25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at
thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is
called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye
shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon
all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
25:30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words,
and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and
utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily
roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they
that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the
25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for
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.
25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go
forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be
raised up from the coasts of the earth.
25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from
one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth:
they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried;
they shall be dung upon the ground.
25:34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in
the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your
slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye
shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
25:35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the
principal of the flock to escape.
25:36 A voice 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.
25:37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of
the fierce anger of the LORD.
25:38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their
land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor,
and because of his fierce anger.