1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
This is the word that came to Jeremiah:
6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
I told you that if you didn't worship other gods  or make things with your hands, I wouldn't hurt you.
7Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
8Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,
But you didn't listen to me.
9Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
So I'm sending Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, to destroy you.
Everyone who sees the desolation will hiss and be astonished.
10Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
The good times are over for you.
11And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
The whole land will be desolate for seventy years. 
12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
When the seventy years are over, I'll punish Nebuchadrezzar and destroy Babylon. 
13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
14 For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.
I'll do all the things that Jeremiah has prophesied and that are written in this book.
The wine cup of God's fury
15For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.
I'll force all nations to drink from the wine of my fury.
16And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
They'll drink from the cup and go mad.
And I'll send a sword to kill them all.
17Then took I the cup at the LORD's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:
So I took the cup from God's hand and went to each nation and forced them to drink it.
18To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
I started with Jerusalem and the cities of Judah to make them a desolation, astonishment, hissing, and a curse, as it is to this day.
19Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;
Then I went to Egypt and forced the Pharaoh and all his people.
20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
21 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,
22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners,
24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
I continued travelling to every kingdom on earth, forcing each king to drink from the cup of God's wrath.
26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
The last king I visited was the king of Sheshach (Babylon), forcing him to drink from the same cup.
27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
God told me to say this to each king:
Drink and get drunk, vomit, and fall down. 
Because I will send an army to destroy you.
28And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
God said to Jeremiah,
If they refuse to drink from the cup, say to them,
God says you must drink.
29For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
God said (to no one in particular),
I'll bring evil on this city.
I'll send a sword to kill everyone on earth.
30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
I'll roar from on high and give a shout, while I trample all the people on earth, as though I were treading grapes. 
31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
A noise will be heard everywhere on earth, while God pleads with all flesh, killing wicked people with a sword.
They shall be dung upon the ground
32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
Evil will go from nation to nation, along with a great whirlwind.
33And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
Dead bodies will cover the ground from one end of the earth to the other.
No one will mourn for them.
They'll be like dung on the face of the earth. 
34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
Howl, cry, wallow in ashes, because the day of your slaughter is here.
35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.
No one will be able to escape.
36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath spoiled their pasture.
There'll be a lot of howling going on.
37And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Peaceful homes will be completely destroyed by God.
38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.
God will make the land desolate in his anger.