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Judah to Serve Nebuchadnezzar...
In the beginning of the reign of Yehoyaqim son of Yoshiyahu, the sovereign of Yehudah, this word came to Yirmeyah from YHWH, saying,
'This is what YHWH said to me, 'Make for yourselves bands and yokes. Then you shall put them on your neck,
and shall send them to the sovereign of Edom, and the sovereign of Mo'ab, and the sovereign of the Ammonites, and the sovereign of Tsor, and the sovereign of Tsidon, by the hand of the messengers who come to Yerushalayim to Tsidqiyahu, the sovereign of Yehudah.
'And you shall command them to say to their masters, 'Thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'Say this to your masters,'
'I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm. And I shall give it to whom it seemed right in My eyes.
'And now, I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebukadnetstsar the sovereign of Babel, My servant. And the beasts of the field I have also given him to serve him.
'And all nations shall serve him and his son and his son's son, until the time of his land comes. And then many nations and great sovereigns shall make him serve them.
'And it shall be, the nation and reign that do not serve Nebukadnetstsar the sovereign of Babel, and the one that does not put its neck under the yoke of the sovereign of Babel, that nation I shall punish,' declares YHWH, 'with the sword, and the scarcity of food, and the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
'So do not listen to your prophets, or to your diviners, or to your dreamers, or to your observers of clouds, or your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, 'Do not serve the sovereign of Babel.'
'For they are prophesying falsehood to you, to remove you far from your land. And I shall drive you out, and you shall perish.
'But the nations that bring their necks under the yoke of the sovereign of Babel and serve him, I shall leave in their own land,' declares YHWH, 'and they shall till it and dwell in it.''
And I spoke to Tsidqiyah the sovereign of Yehudah according to all these words, saying, 'Bring your necks under the yoke of the sovereign of Babel, and serve him and his people, and live!
'Why should you die, you and your people, by the sword, by the scarcity of food, and by the pestilence, as YHWH has spoken against the nation that does not serve the sovereign of Babel?
'Do not listen to the words of the prophets who speak to you, saying, 'Do not serve the sovereign of Babel,' for they prophesy falsehood to you,
for I have not sent them,' declares YHWH, 'yet they prophesy falsehood in My Name, in order that I drive you out. Then you shall perish, you and the prophets who prophesy to you.'
Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, 'Thus said YHWH, 'Do not listen to the words of your prophets who are prophesying to you, saying, 'See, the vessels of the House of YHWH are brought back from Babel soon now,' for they prophesy falsehood to you.
'Do not listen to them. Serve the sovereign of Babel, and live! Why should this city become a ruin?
'But if they are prophets, and if the word of YHWH is with them, let them now make intercession to YHWH of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the House of YHWH, and in the house of the sovereign of Yehudah, and at Yerushalayim, shall not go to Babel.'
'For thus said YHWH of hosts concerning the columns, and concerning the Sea, and concerning the stands, and concerning the remainder of the vessels which are left in this city,
which Nebukadnetstsar the sovereign of Babel did not take, when he exiled Yekonyah the son of Yehoyaqim, the sovereign of Yehudah, from Yerushalayim to Babel, and all the nobles of Yehudah and Yerushalayim -
thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, concerning the vessels that remain in the House of YHWH, and in the house of the sovereign of Yehudah and of Yerushalayim:
'They shall be brought to Babel, and be there until the day that I visit them,' declares YHWH. 'Then I shall bring them back and restore them to this place.''