Jeremiah 27

1A message from the Lord came to Jeremiah. It came during the fourth year that Zedekiah was king of Judah. Zedekiah was the son of King Josiah. 2This is what the Lord said to me: “Jeremiah, make a yoke out of straps and poles. Put that yoke on the back of your neck. 3Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon. Send the messages with the messengers of these kings that have come to Jerusalem to see Zedekiah king of Judah. 4Tell those messengers to give this message to their masters. Tell them, 'The Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: Tell your masters that 5I made the earth and all the people on it. I made all the animals on the earth. I did this with my great power and my strong arm. I can give the earth to anyone I want. 6Now I have given all your countries to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. He is my servant. I will make even the wild animals obey him. 7All nations will serve Nebuchadnezzar and his son and his grandson. Then the time will come for Babylon to be defeated. Many nations and great kings will make Babylon their servant. 8“'But now, some nations or kingdoms might refuse to serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. They might refuse to put his yoke on their necks. If that happens, this is what I will do: I will punish that nation with sword, hunger, and terrible sickness.’” This message is from the Lord. “I will do that until I destroy that nation. I will use Nebuchadnezzar to destroy the nation that fights against him. 9So don’t listen to your prophets. Don’t listen to the people that use magic to tell what will happen in the future. Don’t listen to people that say they can interpret dreams. Don’t listen to people that talk to the dead or to people that practice magic. All those people tell you, “You will not be slaves to the king of Babylon.” 10But those people are telling you lies. They will only cause you to be taken far from your homeland. I will force you to leave your homes. And you will die in another land. 11“'But the nations that put their necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon and obey him will live. I will let those nations stay in their own country and serve the king of Babylon.’” This message is from the Lord. “'The people from those nations will live in their own land and farm it. 12“'I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, “Zedekiah, you must place your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and obey him. If you serve the king of Babylon and his people, then you will live. 13If you don’t agree to serve the king of Babylon, then you and your people will die from the enemy’s sword, from hunger, and from terrible sicknesses. The Lord said those things will happen. 14But the false prophets are saying: You will never be slaves to the king of Babylon. “'Don’t listen to those prophets, because they are preaching lies to you. 15I didn’t send those prophets.’” This message is from the Lord. “They are preaching lies and saying that the message is from me. So, I will send you people of Judah away. You will die. And those prophets that preach to you will die also.” 16Then I ˻(Jeremiah)˼ said to the priests and all those people, “The Lord says: Those false prophets are saying, 'The Babylonians took many things from the Lord’s temple. Those things will be brought back soon.’ Don’t listen to those prophets because they are preaching lies to you. 17Don’t listen to those prophets. Serve the king of Babylon. Accept your punishment, and you will live. There is no reason for you to cause this city of Jerusalem to be destroyed. 18If those men are prophets and have the message from the Lord, let them pray. Let them pray about the things that are still in the Lord’s temple. Let them pray about the things that are still in the king’s palace. And let them pray about the things that are still in Jerusalem. Let those prophets pray that all those things will not be taken away to Babylon.” 19The Lord All-Powerful says this about those things that are still left in Jerusalem. In the temple, there are the pillars, the bronze sea, the moveable stands, and other things. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, left those things in Jerusalem. 20Nebuchadnezzar didn’t take those things away at the time he took Jehoiachin king of Judah away as a prisoner. Jehoiachin was the son of King Jehoiakim. Nebuchadnezzar also took other important people away from Judah and Jerusalem. 21The Lord All-Powerful, the God of the people of Israel, says this about the things still left in the Lord’s temple, and in the king’s palace and in Jerusalem: “All of those things will also be taken to Babylon. 22Those things will be brought to Babylon until the day comes when I go to get them.” This message is from the Lord. “Then I will bring those things back. I will put those things back in this place.”

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