In the fourth year of King Jehoiakim's rule, God gives a message to Jeremiah which he relays to the people.
Jeremiah says that he's been prophesying for thirteen years but no one's listened to him.
They're all guilty of refusing to listen to the prophets who warned them and told them to turn away from idolatry and evil deeds.
So God's sending Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians to destroy everybody. Judah will be a wasteland.
The people will serve Babylon for seventy years.
But at the end of that time, God will bring down wrath against Babylon. It will be destroyed and become a wasteland as retribution for the bad things they've done, too.
God tells Jeremiah to take a cup of wrath from his hands and let the nations drink from it, so that they'll stagger around drunk in the midst of their destruction.
So in a vision of sorts, Jeremiah does this: Judah and its officials and king drink from it; the Egyptians and their Pharaoh all drink from it; the people of mixed nationality, the people of Uz, the Philistines, the Edomites, the Moabites, and the Ammonites all drink from it.
The kings of Tyre, Sidon, and coastlands across the sea drink from it. The Arabians and the people from towns who have shaven temples drink from it.
The kings of Elam, Zimri, Media, and Sheshach drink from it.
Actually, all the kingdoms of the earth drink from it (so why didn't Jeremiah just say that?)
Everyone should get drink until they vomit. God will force everyone to drink from the cup.
God will roar out his vengeance against his people and shout like someone trampling on grapes to make wine.
The noise will be heard throughout the entire world. A storm will spread through the nations.
The dead will be spread around the whole world, lying like dung in the fields.
They won't be buried or lamented.
They'll all be massacred, and their pastures and flocks will be destroyed.