Study Guide

Book of Jeremiah Chapter 25

Chapter 25

Divine Tantrum

  • 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.

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