behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, says Yahweh, and I will send
to Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations around, and I will devote them to destruction and make them a horror, and a hissing, and everlasting desolations.
“everlasting.” The Hebrew word sometimes means “everlasting,” but sometimes is used of a limited time.
“devote them to destruction.” That is, destroy them. [For more on things “devoted” to Yahweh and devoted to destruction, see commentary on Josh. 6:17].