Bible: Jer 27:2-11

27:2 The Lord told me, 1 Make a yoke 2  out of leather straps and wooden crossbars and put it on your neck. 27:3 Use it to send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, 3  and Sidon. 4  Send them through 5  the envoys who have come to Jerusalem 6  to King Zedekiah of Judah. 27:4 Charge them to give their masters a message from me. Tell them, ‘The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 7  says to give your masters this message. 8  27:5 I made the earth and the people and animals on it by my mighty power and great strength, 9  and I give it to whomever I see fit. 10  27:6 I have at this time placed all these nations of yours under the power 11  of my servant, 12  King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have even made all the wild animals subject to him. 13  27:7 All nations must serve him and his son and grandson 14  until the time comes for his own nation to fall. 15  Then many nations and great kings will in turn subjugate Babylon. 16  27:8 But suppose a nation or a kingdom will not be subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Suppose it will not submit to the yoke of servitude to 17  him. I, the Lord, affirm that 18  I will punish that nation. I will use the king of Babylon to punish it 19  with war, 20  starvation, and disease until I have destroyed it. 21  27:9 So do not listen to your prophets or to those who claim to predict the future by divination, 22  by dreams, by consulting the dead, 23  or by practicing magic. They keep telling you, ‘You do not need to be 24  subject to the king of Babylon.’ 27:10 Do not listen to them, 25  because their prophecies are lies. 26  Listening to them will only cause you 27  to be taken far away from your native land. I will drive you out of your country and you will die in exile. 28  27:11 Things will go better for the nation that submits to the yoke of servitude to 29  the king of Babylon and is subject to him. I will leave that nation 30  in its native land. Its people can continue to farm it and live in it. I, the Lord, affirm it!”’ 31 

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