2 Thus said Hashem to me: Make for yourself thongs and bars of a yoke, and put them on your neck.
koh a-MAR a-do-NAI ay-LAI a-SAY l’-KHA mo-say-ROT u-mo-TOT un-ta-TAM al tza-va-RE-kha
ב כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה אֵלַי עֲשֵׂה לְךָ מוֹסֵרוֹת וּמֹטוֹת וּנְתַתָּם עַל־צַוָּארֶךָ׃
27:2 Put them on your neck
In the year 593 BCE, Tzidkiyahu leads a confederation of neighboring states in planning a rebellion against Babylonia. Yirmiyahu warns them against this folly by means of a highly visual symbol. He walks through the streets wearing a yoke, normally used to harness oxen while plowing, on his neck. When onlookers ask him about his strange behavior, he answers that this was the divine message: Accept the yoke of Babylonia and submit peacefully in order to live. Had the people listened, they would have avoided the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash and exile from their land.