1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, a in the fourth year of b Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), 2 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: 3 c "From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, this is the twenty-third year in which the word of the LORD has come to me; and I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, d but you have not listened. 4 "And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets, e rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. 5 "They said, f 'Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. 6 'Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.' 7 "Yet you have not listened to Me," says the LORD, "that you might g provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
8 "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Because you have not heard My words, 9 'behold, I will send and take h all the families of the north,' says the LORD, 'and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, i My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and j make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations. 10 'Moreover I will 1 take from them the k voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, l the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 'And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy m years. 12 'Then it will come to pass, n when 2 seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,' says the LORD; o 'and I will make it a perpetual desolation. 13 'So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. 14 p '(For many nations q and great kings shall r be served by them also; s and I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands.)' "New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.