Judah to Serve Nebuchadnezzar
27:1 In the beginning of the reign of
Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word
unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes,
and put them upon thy neck,
27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of
Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of
Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the
messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of
27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith
the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto
27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are
upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched
arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the
beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his
son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then
many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.
27:8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom
which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of
the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the
LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the
pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
27:9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your
diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor
to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall
not serve the king of Babylon:
27:10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far
from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye
27:11 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke
of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let
remain still in their own land, saith the LORD; and they
shall till it, and dwell therein.
27:12 I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to
all these words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of
the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.
27:13 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword,
by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath
spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of
27:14 Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets
that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of
Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.
27:15 For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they
prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and
that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy
27:16 Also I spake to the priests and to all this people,
saying, Thus saith the LORD; Hearken not to the words of
your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the
vessels of the LORD's house shall now shortly be brought
again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.
27:17 Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and
live: wherefore should this city be laid waste?
27:18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD
be with them, let them now make intercession to the LORD of
hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the
LORD, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at
Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.
27:19 For thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the
pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases,
and concerning the residue of the vessels that remain in
27:20 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when
he carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king
of Judah from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of
Judah and Jerusalem;
27:21 Yea, thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the LORD,
and in the house of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem;
27:22 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall
they be until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD;
then will I bring them up, and restore them to this place.