1The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah;
2which he spoke to all the people of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
3In the thirteenth year of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah, even until this day for three and twenty years, I have both spoken to you, rising early and speaking,
4and I sent to you my servants the prophets, sending them early (but ye hearkened not, and listened not with your ears); saying,
5Turn ye every one from his evil way, and from your evil practices, and ye shall dwell in the land which I gave to you and your fathers, of old and forever.
6Go ye not after strange gods, to serve them, and to worship them, that ye provoke me not by the works of your hands, to do you hurt.
7But ye hearkened not to me.
8Therefore thus saith the Lord; Since ye believed not my words,
9behold, I will send and take a family from the north, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants of it, and against all the nations round about it, and I will make them utterly waste, and make them a desolation, and a hissing, and an everlasting reproach.
10And I will destroy from among them the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the scent of ointment, and the light of a candle.
11And all the land shall be a desolation; and they shall serve among the Gentiles seventy years.
12And when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will take vengeance on that nation, and will make them a perpetual desolation.
13And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have spoken against it, even all things that are written in this book.
14The prophecies of Jeremiah against the nations of Elam.
15Thus saith the Lord, The bow of Elam is broken, even the chief of their power.
16And I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four corners of heaven, and I will disperse them toward all these winds; and there shall be no nation to which they shall not come—even the outcasts of Elam.
17And I will put them in fear before their enemies that seek their life; and I will bring evils upon them according to my great anger; and I will send forth my sword after them, until I have utterly destroyed them.
18And I will set my throne in Elam, and will send forth thence king and rulers.
19But it shall come to pass at the end of days, that I will turn the captivity of Elam, saith the Lord.
20In the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah, there came this word concerning Elam.