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Jeremiah gives a message to the surrounding nations that because they helped corrupt Israel, they will also have to serve Babylon (verse 1). The Lord gives Jeremiah another visual metaphor for the people, telling him to make a yoke and wear it around his neck (verse 2). He says to send the message to the surround nations (verse 3) that they will serve Babylon just as Israel will – that they have chosen bondage together, just as they connived together in their sin (verse 4).
The Lord says that He is King, that even though they think they are the political leaders of their known world, He is the one who created the land and determines who gets to live where (verse 5). The Lord announces that because of the sins of these nations, He has given all their land to Babylon, and that Babylon will be used as a tool to deliver the justice they have chosen (verse 6). He says they have lost their rights to live in the land peacefully, and that all of them will be at war with each other for many generations (verse 7). He goes further, saying that any nation who thinks they can get out of this punishment that they have chosen will be punished even worse until they are completely destroyed and disappeared and unheard of again (verse 8).
He tells these nations not to listen to their false prophets who tell them not to worry about the Babylonians, because they have plenty of reason to worry (verse 9). He points out the lies and false flattery of the fake prophets (verse 10), and says that the only survivors will be those who listen to the true prophets (verse 11). If they listen now to the true prophets, and understand their consequences that they themselves have chosen, then they will survive their years of captivity (verse 12). But if they do not, they they will be destroyed completely, and instead of only being in captivity they will also have pestilences and famine and wars amongst themselves (verse 13).
They need to know this is true, and that any prophet who says differently is a false prophet lying to them (verse 14) and not sent by God (verse 15). He warns them that more false prophets are coming, who will tell the people they can do what they want and it won’t matter. He says it does matter, and these people lie (verse 16). He says listen to the true prophets, and accept their captivity punishment, instead of making their consequences worse than they already are (verse 17).
And, if they feel like it while in captivity, and decide to turn to the Lord through repentance that is demonstrated to be sincere by obedience, then the Lord will help them and lighten their burden and help deliver them sooner (verse 18). This is the Lord’s will (verse 19), because the people have chosen such destruction that even the valuables within the temple will be carried away (verse 20) and lost from Judah (verse 21). These sacred artifacts will then be lost until the Lord reveals them and restores them to their rightful place in the temple at Jerusalem (verse 22). In the same way, the people themselves will be scattered and lost within other nations until they repent and return to the Lord so that He may restore them.