27This message came to Jeremiah from the Lord early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah, king of Judah.H7225H4467H3079H1121H2977H4428H3063H1697H3414H3068H559 2This is what the Lord said to me: “Make a yoke, and fasten it on your neck with leather thongs.H559H3068H6213H4147H4133H5414H6677 3Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon through their ambassadors who have come to see King Zedekiah in Jerusalem.H7971H4428H123H4428H4124H4428H1121H5983H4428H6865H4428H6721H3027H4397H935H3389H6667H4428H3063 4Give them this message for their masters: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:H6680H559H113H559H3068H6635H430H3478H559H113 5With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose.H6213H776H120H929H6440H776H1419H3581H5186H2220H5414H5869H3474 6Now I will give your countries to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who is my servant. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.H5414H776H3027H5019H4428H894H5650H2416H7704H5414H5647 7All the nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson until his time is up. Then many nations and great kings will conquer and rule over Babylon.H1471H5647H1121H1121H1121H6256H776H935H7227H1471H1419H4428H5647 8So you must submit to Babylon’s king and serve him; put your neck under Babylon’s yoke! I will punish any nation that refuses to be his slave, says the Lord. I will send war, famine, and disease upon that nation until Babylon has conquered it.H1471H4467H5647H5019H4428H894H5414H6677H5923H4428H894H1471H6485H5002H3068H2719H7458H1698H8552H3027 9“‘Do not listen to your false prophets, fortune-tellers, interpreters of dreams, mediums, and sorcerers who say, “The king of Babylon will not conquer you.”H8085H5030H7080H2472H6049H3786H559H559H5647H4428H894 10They are all liars, and their lies will lead to your being driven out of your land. I will drive you out and send you far away to die.H5012H8267H7368H127H5080H6 11But the people of any nation that submits to the king of Babylon will be allowed to stay in their own country to farm the land as usual. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”H1471H935H6677H5923H4428H894H5647H3240H127H5002H3068H5647H3427 12Then I repeated this same message to King Zedekiah of Judah. “If you want to live, submit to the yoke of the king of Babylon and his people.H1696H6667H4428H3063H1697H559H935H6677H5923H4428H894H5647H5971H2421 13Why do you insist on dying—you and your people? Why should you choose war, famine, and disease, which the Lord will bring against every nation that refuses to submit to Babylon’s king?H4191H5971H2719H7458H1698H3068H1696H1471H5647H4428H894 14Do not listen to the false prophets who keep telling you, ‘The king of Babylon will not conquer you.’ They are liars.H8085H1697H5030H559H559H5647H4428H894H5012H8267 15This is what the Lord says: ‘I have not sent these prophets! They are telling you lies in my name, so I will drive you from this land. You will all die—you and all these prophets, too.’”H7971H5002H3068H5012H8267H8034H5080H6H5030H5012 16Then I spoke to the priests and the people and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not listen to your prophets who claim that soon the gold articles taken from my Temple will be returned from Babylon. It is all a lie!H1696H3548H5971H559H559H3068H8085H1697H5030H5012H559H3627H3068H1004H4120H7725H894H5012H8267 17Do not listen to them. Surrender to the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this whole city be destroyed?H8085H5647H4428H894H2421H5892H2723 18If they really are prophets and speak the Lord’s messages, let them pray to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Let them pray that the articles remaining in the Lord’s Temple and in the king’s palace and in the palaces of Jerusalem will not be carried away to Babylon!’H5030H1697H3068H3426H6293H3068H6635H3627H3498H1004H3068H1004H4428H3063H3389H935H894 19“For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken about the pillars in front of the Temple, the great bronze basin called the Sea, the water carts, and all the other ceremonial articles.H559H3068H6635H5982H3220H4350H3499H3627H3498H5892 20King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon left them here when he exiled Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon, along with all the other nobles of Judah and Jerusalem.H5019H4428H894H3947H1540H3204H1121H3079H4428H3063H3389H894H2715H3063H3389 21Yes, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about the precious things still in the Temple and in the palace of Judah’s king:H559H3068H6635H430H3478H3627H3498H1004H3068H1004H4428H3063H3389 22‘They will all be carried away to Babylon and will stay there until I send for them,’ says the Lord. ‘Then I will bring them back to Jerusalem again.’”H935H894H3117H6485H5002H3068H5927H7725H4725
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