Nations Who Experience God’s Wrath Will Fall


Jeremiah had a vision of the Lord holding in His hand a cup. The cup was filled with God’s wrath. Judah was not the only nation to experience God’s wrath (vv. 15-18). Jeremiah lists the other wicked nations who would experience God’s judgment at the hand of Babylon (vv. 19-26). The first ones to experience the cup of God’s wrath were Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. However other surrounding nations soon followed. These included Egypt (who encouraged Judah to rebel), Uz (located east of Edom), the Philistines (west of Judah on the Mediterranean), Edom, Moab and Ammon (east of Judah on the other side of the Jordan River), Tyre and Sidon (north of Judah on the Mediterranean coast and Dedan, Tema and Buz (cities in the Northern part of Arabia). Most scholars believe that Shesbach is a code word for Babylon who was eventually destroyed because of its sin.

The nations who drink from the cup of God’s wrath will fall (vv. 27-29). Like a man who has become drunk, they will vomit and fall. However, their collapse will be caused by the sword rather than by strong drink. Some nations might try to refuse judgment, but God will make them partake of it. If God brings disaster on his own city because of its sin, how could these heathen nations ever hope to go unpunished? An interesting observation is that there is no explicit reference to the sin of the nations; only a description of their judgment. That sin, although not stated, was idolatry.


It is true that God has blessed our country but we will not be able to continue our sin and not experience God’s wrath. Lord, help me to be more concerned and praying for our county (Jer. 33:3).

Jeremiah 25:13-29 (English Standard Version)

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