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Jeremiah 25
The Message

Don’t Follow the God-Fads of the Day

25This is the Message given to Jeremiah for all the people of Judah. It came in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah. It was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.H1697H3414H5971H3063H7243H8141H3079H1121H2977H4428H3063H7224H8141H5019H4428H894 2Jeremiah the prophet delivered the Message to all the people of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem:H3414H5030H1696H5971H3063H3427H3389H559 3From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah right up to the present day—twenty-three years it's been!—GOD's Word has come to me, and from early each morning to late every night I've passed it on to you. And you haven't listened to a word of it!H7969H6240H8141H2977H1121H526H4428H3063H3117H7969H6242H8141H1697H3068H1696H7925H1696H8085 4Not only that, but God also sent a steady stream of prophets to you who were just as persistent as me, and you never listened.H3068H7971H5650H5030H7925H7971H8085H5186H241H8085 5They told you, "Turn back—right now, each one of you!—from your evil way of life and bad behavior, and live in the land GOD gave you and your ancestors, the land he intended to give you forever.H559H7725H376H7451H1870H7455H4611H3427H127H3068H5414H1H5704H5769H5769 6Don't follow the god-fads of the day, taking up and worshiping these no-gods. Don't make me angry with your god-businesses, making and selling gods—a dangerous business!H3212H310H312H430H5647H7812H3707H4639H3027H7489 7"You refused to listen to any of this, and now I am really angry. These god-making businesses of yours are your doom."H8085H5002H3068H3707H4639H3027H7451 8The verdict of GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies on all this: "Because you have refused to listen to what I've said,H559H3068H6635H8085H1697 9I'm stepping in. I'm sending for the armies out of the north headed by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, my servant in this, and I'm setting them on this land and people and even the surrounding countries. I'm devoting the whole works to total destruction—a horror to top all the horrors in history.H7971H3947H4940H6828H5002H3068H5019H4428H894H5650H935H776H3427H1471H5439H2763H7760H8047H8322H5769H2723 10And I'll banish every sound of joy—singing, laughter, marriage festivities, genial workmen, candlelit suppers.H6H6963H8342H6963H8057H6963H2860H6963H3618H6963H7347H216H5216 11The whole landscape will be one vast wasteland. These countries will be in subjection to the king of Babylon for seventy years.H776H2723H8047H1471H5647H4428H894H7657H8141 12"Once the seventy years is up, I'll punish the king of Babylon and the whole nation of Babylon for their sin. Then they'll be the wasteland.H7657H8141H4390H6485H4428H894H1471H5002H3068H5771H776H3778H7760H5769H8077 13Everything that I said I'd do to that country, I'll do—everything that's written in this book, everything Jeremiah preached against all the godless nations.H935H776H1697H1696H3789H5612H3414H5012H1471 14Many nations and great kings will make slaves of the Babylonians, paying them back for everything they've done to others. They won't get by with anything." GOD's Decree.H7227H1471H1419H4428H5647H7999H6467H4639H3027

God Puts the Human Race on Trial

15This is a Message that the GOD of Israel gave me: "Take this cup filled with the wine of my wrath that I'm handing to you. Make all the nations where I send you drink it down.H559H3068H430H3478H3947H3196H3563H2534H3027H1471H7971H8248 16They'll drink it and get drunk, staggering in delirium because of the killing that I'm going to unleash among them."H8354H1607H1984H6440H2719H7971 17I took the cup from GOD's hand and made them drink it, all the nations to which he sent me:H3947H3563H3068H3027H1471H8248H3068H7971 18Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, along with their kings and leaders, turning them into a vast wasteland, a horror to look at, a cussword—which, in fact, they now are;H3389H5892H3063H4428H8269H5414H2723H8047H8322H7045H3117 19Pharaoh king of Egypt with his attendants and leaders,H6547H4428H4714H5650H8269H5971 20plus all his people and the melting pot of foreigners collected there; All the kings of Uz; All the kings of the Philistines from Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what's left of Ashdod;H6153H4428H776H5780H4428H776H6430H831H5804H6138H7611H795 21Edom, Moab, and the Ammonites;H123H4124H1121H5983 22All the kings of Tyre, Sidon, and the coastlands across the sea;H4428H6865H4428H6721H4428H339H5676H3220 23Dedan, Tema, Buz, and the nomads on the fringe of the desert;H1719H8485H938H7112H6285 24All the kings of Arabia and the various Bedouin sheiks and chieftains wandering about in the desert;H4428H6152H4428H6153H7931H4057 25All the kings of Zimri, Elam, and the Medes;H4428H2174H4428H5867H4428H4074 26All the kings from the north countries near and far, one by one; All the kingdoms on planet Earth . . . And the king of Sheshak (that is, Babylon) will be the last to drink.H4428H6828H7350H7138H376H251H4467H776H6440H127H4428H8347H8354H310 27"Tell them, 'These are orders from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel: Drink and get drunk and vomit. Fall on your faces and don't get up again. You're slated for a massacre.'H559H559H3068H6635H430H3478H8354H7937H7006H5307H6965H6440H2719H7971 28"If any of them refuse to take the cup from you and drink it, say to them, 'GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies has ordered you to drink. So drink!H3985H3947H3563H3027H8354H559H559H3068H6635H8354H8354 29"'Prepare for the worst! I'm starting off the catastrophe in the city that I claim as my own, so don't think you are going to get out of it. No, you're not getting out of anything. It's the sword and nothing but the sword against everyone everywhere!'" The GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies' Decree.H2490H7489H5892H7121H8034H5352H5352H5352H7121H2719H3427H776H5002H3068H6635 30"Preach it all, Jeremiah. Preach the entire Message to them. Say: "'GOD roars like a lion from high heaven; thunder rolls out from his holy dwelling— Ear-splitting bellows against his people, shouting hurrahs like workers in harvest.H5012H1697H559H3068H7580H4791H5414H6963H6944H4583H7580H7580H5116H6030H1959H1869H3427H776 31The noise reverberates all over the earth; everyone everywhere hears it. GOD makes his case against the godless nations. He's about to put the human race on trial. For the wicked the verdict is clear-cut: death by the sword.'" GOD's Decree.H7588H935H7097H776H3068H7379H1471H8199H1320H5414H7563H2719H5002H3068 32A Message from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies: "Prepare for the worst! Doomsday! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation. A huge storm is about to rage all across planet Earth."H559H3068H6635H7451H3318H1471H1471H1419H5591H5782H3411H776 33Laid end to end, those killed in GOD's judgment that day will stretch from one end of the earth to the other. No tears will be shed and no burials conducted. The bodies will be left where they fall, like so much horse dung fertilizing the fields.H2491H3068H3117H7097H776H7097H776H5594H622H6912H1828H6440H127 34Wail, shepherds! Cry out for help! Grovel in the dirt, you masters of flocks! Time's up—you're slated for the slaughterhouse, like a choice ram with its throat cut.H3213H7462H2199H6428H117H6629H3117H2873H8600H4390H5307H2532H3627 35There's no way out for the rulers, no escape for those shepherds.H7462H4498H6H117H6629H6413 36Hear that? Rulers crying for help, shepherds of the flock wailing! GOD is about to ravage their fine pastures.H6963H6818H7462H3215H117H6629H3068H7703H4830 37The peaceful sheepfolds will be silent with death, silenced by GOD's deadly anger.H7965H4999H1826H6440H2740H639H3068 38God will come out into the open like a lion leaping from its cover, And the country will be torn to pieces, ripped and ravaged by his anger.H5800H5520H3715H776H8047H6440H2740H3238H6440H2740H639


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