Jeremiah 27
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The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar

1At the beginning of the reign of Zedekiaha son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2“This is what the LORD said to me: Make for yourself a yoke out of leather straps and put it on your neck.

3Send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 4Give them a message for their masters declaring that this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says that you are to tell them: 5By My great power and outstretched arm, I made the earth and the men and beasts on the face of it, and I give it to whom I please. 6So now I have placed all these lands under the authority of My servant Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. I have even made the beasts of the field subject to him. 7All nations will serve him and his son and grandson, until the time of his own land comes; then many nations and great kings will enslave him.

8As for the nation or kingdom that does not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and does not place its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation by sword and famine and plague, declares the LORD, until I have destroyed it by his hand.

9But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums, or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’ 10For they prophesy to you a lie that will serve to remove you from your land; I will banish you and you will perish. 11But the nation that will put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave it in its own land, to cultivate it and reside in it, declares the LORD.”

12And to Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke the same message: “Put your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and live! 13Why should you and your people die by the sword, famine, and plague, as the LORD has decreed against any nation that does not serve the king of Babylon?

14Do not listen to the words of the prophets who tell you, ‘You must not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying to you a lie. 15‘For I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD, ‘and yet they are prophesying falsely in My name; therefore I will banish you and you will perish—you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’”

16Then I said to the priests and all this people, “This is what the LORD says: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Look, very soon now the articles of the LORD’s temple will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying to you a lie.

17Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon and live! Why should this city become a ruin?

18If they are indeed prophets and the word of the LORD is with them, let them now plead with the LORD of Hosts that the articles remaining in the house of the LORD, in the palace of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem, not be taken to Babylon.

19For this is what the LORD of Hosts says about the pillars, the sea, the bases, and the rest of the articles that still remain in this city, 20which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take when he carried Jeconiahb son of Jehoiakim king of Judah into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem. 21Yes, this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says about the articles that remain in the house of the LORD, in the palace of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem: 22‘They will be carried to Babylon and will remain there until the day I attend to them again,’ declares the LORD. ‘Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.’”


1 a A few Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also 27:3 and 12 and 28:1); most Hebrew manuscripts Jehoiakim; Most LXX manuscripts do not include this verse
20 b Jeconiah is a variant of Jehoiachin

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