24 The Lord showed me two baskets of figs sitting before his temple. This happened after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon deported Jehoiakim’s son, King Jeconiah of Judah. He deported him and the leaders of Judah, along with the craftsmen and metal workers, and took them to Babylon. 1 2 One basket had very good-looking figs in it. They looked like those that had ripened early. 2 The other basket had very bad-looking figs in it, so bad they could not be eaten. 3 The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see figs. The good ones look very good. But the bad ones look very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.”
4 The Lord said to me, 3 5 “I, the Lord, the God of Israel, say: ‘The exiles whom I sent away from here to the land of Babylon 4 are like those good figs. I consider them to be good. 6 I will look after their welfare 5 and will restore them to this land. There I will build them up and will not tear them down. I will plant them firmly in the land 6 and will not uproot them. 7 7 I will give them the desire to acknowledge that I 8 am the Lord. I will be their God and they will be my people. For they will wholeheartedly 9 return to me.’
8 “I, the Lord, also solemnly assert: ‘King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, and the people who remain in Jerusalem 10 or who have gone to live in Egypt are like those bad figs. I consider them to be just like those bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten. 11 9 I will bring such disaster on them that all the kingdoms of the earth will be horrified. I will make them an object of reproach, a proverbial example of disaster. I will make them an object of ridicule, an example to be used in curses. 12 That is how they will be remembered wherever I banish them. 13 10 I will bring war, starvation, and disease 14 on them until they are completely destroyed from the land I gave them and their ancestors.’” 15
25 In the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord spoke to Jeremiah 1 concerning all the people of Judah. (That was the same as the first year that Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon.) 2 2 So the prophet Jeremiah spoke to all the people of Judah and to all the people who were living in Jerusalem. 3 3 “For the last twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amon was ruling in Judah 4 until now, the Lord has been speaking to me. I told you over and over again 5 what he said. 6 But you would not listen. 4 Over and over again 7 the Lord has sent 8 his servants the prophets to you. But you have not listened or paid attention. 9 5 He said through them, 10 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 11 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 12 6 Do not pay allegiance to 13 other gods and worship and serve them. Do not make me angry by the things that you do. 14 Then I will not cause you any harm.’ 7 So, now the Lord says, 15 ‘You have not listened to me. But 16 you have made me angry by the things that you have done. 17 Thus you have brought harm on yourselves.’
8 “Therefore, the Lord who rules over all 18 says, ‘You have not listened to what I said. 19 9 So I, the Lord, affirm that 20 I will send for all the peoples of the north 21 and my servant, 22 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and all the nations that surround it. I will utterly destroy 23 this land, its inhabitants, and all the nations that surround it 24 and make them everlasting ruins. 25 I will make them objects of horror and hissing scorn. 26 10 I will put an end to the sounds of joy and gladness, to the glad celebration of brides and grooms in these lands. 27 I will put an end to the sound of people grinding meal. I will put an end to lamps shining in their houses. 28 11 This whole area 29 will become a desolate wasteland. These nations will be subject to the king of Babylon for seventy years.’ 30
12 “‘But when the seventy years are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation 31 for their sins. I will make the land of Babylon 32 an everlasting ruin. 33 I, the Lord, affirm it! 34 13 I will bring on that land everything that I said I would. I will bring on it everything that is written in this book. I will bring on it everything that Jeremiah has prophesied against all the nations. 35 14 For many nations and great kings will make slaves of the king of Babylon and his nation 36 too. I will repay them for all they have done!’” 37
15 So 38 the Lord, the God of Israel, spoke to me in a vision. 39 “Take this cup from my hand. It is filled with the wine of my wrath. 40 Take it and make the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16 When they have drunk it, they will stagger to and fro 41 and act insane. For I will send wars sweeping through them.” 42
17 So I took the cup from the Lord’s hand. I made all the nations to whom he sent me drink the wine of his wrath. 43 18 I made Jerusalem 44 and the cities of Judah, its kings and its officials drink it. 45 I did it so Judah would become a ruin. I did it so Judah, its kings, and its officials would become an object 46 of horror and of hissing scorn, an example used in curses. 47 Such is already becoming the case! 48 19 I made all of these other people drink it: Pharaoh, king of Egypt; 49 his attendants, his officials, his people, 20 the foreigners living in Egypt; 50 all the kings of the land of Uz; 51 all the kings of the land of the Philistines, 52 the people of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, the people who had been left alive from Ashdod; 53 21 all the people of Edom, 54 Moab, 55 Ammon; 56 22 all the kings of Tyre, 57 all the kings of Sidon; 58 all the kings of the coastlands along the sea; 59 23 the people of Dedan, Tema, Buz, 60 all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples; 61 24 all the kings of Arabia who 62 live in the desert; 25 all the kings of Zimri; 63 all the kings of Elam; 64 all the kings of Media; 65 26 all the kings of the north, whether near or far from one another; and all the other kingdoms which are on the face of the earth. After all of them have drunk the wine of the Lord’s wrath, 66 the king of Babylon 67 must drink it.
27 Then the Lord said to me, 68 “Tell them that the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 69 says, 70 ‘Drink this cup 71 until you get drunk and vomit. Drink until you fall down and can’t get up. 72 For I will send wars sweeping through you.’ 73 28 If they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink it, tell them that the Lord who rules over all says 74 ‘You most certainly must drink it! 75 29 For take note, I am already beginning to bring disaster on the city that I call my own. 76 So how can you possibly avoid being punished? 77 You will not go unpunished! For I am proclaiming war against all who live on the earth. I, the Lord who rules over all, 78 affirm it!’ 79
30 “Then, Jeremiah, 80 make the following prophecy 81 against them:
‘Like a lion about to attack, 82 the Lord will roar from the heights of heaven;
from his holy dwelling on high he will roar loudly.
He will roar mightily against his land. 83
He will shout in triumph like those stomping juice from the grapes 84
against all those who live on the earth.
31 The sounds of battle 85 will resound to the ends of the earth.
For the Lord will bring charges against the nations. 86
He will pass judgment on all humankind
and will hand the wicked over to be killed in war.’ 87
The Lord so affirms it! 88
32 The Lord who rules over all 89 says,
‘Disaster will soon come on one nation after another. 90
A mighty storm of military destruction 91 is rising up
from the distant parts of the earth.’
33 Those who have been killed by the Lord at that time
will be scattered from one end of the earth to the other.
They will not be mourned over, gathered up, or buried. 92
Their dead bodies will lie scattered over the ground like manure.
34 Wail and cry out in anguish, you rulers!
Roll in the dust, you who shepherd flocks of people! 93
The time for you to be slaughtered has come.
You will lie scattered and fallen like broken pieces of fine pottery. 94
35 The leaders will not be able to run away and hide. 95
The shepherds of the flocks will not be able to escape.
36 Listen to the cries of anguish of the leaders.
Listen to the wails of the shepherds of the flocks.
They are wailing because the Lord
is about to destroy their lands. 96
37 Their peaceful dwelling places will be laid waste 97
by the fierce anger of the Lord. 98
38 The Lord is like a lion who has left his lair. 99
So their lands will certainly 100 be laid waste
by the warfare of the oppressive nation 101
and by the fierce anger of the Lord.”
26 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah 1 at the beginning of the reign 2 of Josiah’s son, King Jehoiakim of Judah. 2 The Lord said, “Go stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. 3 Speak out to all the people who are coming from the towns of Judah to worship in the Lord’s temple. Tell them everything I command you to tell them. Do not leave out a single word! 3 Maybe they will pay attention and each of them will stop living the evil way they do. 4 If they do that, then I will forgo destroying them 5 as I had intended to do because of the wicked things they have been doing. 6 4 Tell them that the Lord says, 7 ‘You must obey me! You must live according to the way I have instructed you in my laws. 8 5 You must pay attention to the exhortations of my servants the prophets. I have sent them to you over and over again. 9 But you have not paid any attention to them. 6 If you do not obey me, 10 then I will do to this temple what I did to Shiloh. 11 And I will make this city an example to be used in curses by people from all the nations on the earth.’”
7 The priests, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah say these things in the Lord’s temple. 8 Jeremiah had just barely finished saying all the Lord had commanded him to say to all the people. All at once some 12 of the priests, the prophets, and the people grabbed him and shouted, “You deserve to die! 13 9 How dare you claim the Lord’s authority to prophesy such things! How dare you claim his authority to prophesy that this temple will become like Shiloh and that this city will become an uninhabited ruin!” 14 Then all the people crowded around Jeremiah.
10 However, some of the officials 15 of Judah heard about what was happening 16 and they rushed up to the Lord’s temple from the royal palace. They set up court 17 at the entrance of the New Gate of the Lord’s temple. 18 11 Then the priests and the prophets made their charges before the officials and all the people. They said, 19 “This man should be condemned to die 20 because he prophesied against this city. You have heard him do so 21 with your own ears.”
12 Then Jeremiah made his defense before all the officials and all the people. 22 “The Lord sent me to prophesy everything you have heard me say against this temple and against this city. 13 But correct the way you have been living and do what is right. 23 Obey the Lord your God. If you do, the Lord will forgo destroying you as he threatened he would. 24 14 As to my case, I am in your power. 25 Do to me what you deem fair and proper. 15 But you should take careful note of this: If you put me to death, you will bring on yourselves and this city and those who live in it the guilt of murdering an innocent man. For the Lord has sent me to speak all this where you can hear it. That is the truth!” 26
16 Then the officials and all the people rendered their verdict to the priests and the prophets. They said, 27 “This man should not be condemned to die. 28 For he has spoken to us under the authority of the Lord our God.” 29 17 Then some of the elders of Judah 30 stepped forward and spoke to all the people gathered there. They said, 18 “Micah from Moresheth 31 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 32 He told all the people of Judah,
‘The Lord who rules over all 33 says,
“Zion 34 will become a plowed field.
Jerusalem 35 will become a pile of rubble.
The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 36
19 King Hezekiah and all the people of Judah did not put him to death, did they? Did not Hezekiah show reverence for the Lord and seek the Lord’s favor? 37 Did not 38 the Lord forgo destroying them 39 as he threatened he would? But we are on the verge of bringing great disaster on ourselves.” 40
20 Now there was another man 41 who prophesied as the Lord’s representative 42 against this city and this land just as Jeremiah did. His name was Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim. 43 21 When the king and all his bodyguards 44 and officials heard what he was prophesying, 45 the king sought to have him executed. But Uriah found out about it and fled to Egypt out of fear. 46 22 However, King Jehoiakim sent some men to Egypt, including Elnathan son of Achbor, 47 23 and they brought Uriah back from there. 48 They took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him executed and had his body thrown into the burial place of the common people. 49
24 However, Ahikam son of Shaphan 50 used his influence to keep Jeremiah from being handed over and executed by the people. 51