Much of God’s word is written in symbolic language. The wine cup that Jeremiah was to take was symbolic of the massive destruction that would soon come upon Judah and the nations around her. Jeremiah was to take the wine cup to all of the kings affected by God’s wrath and explain that their punishment would cause them to stagger like drunken men. No one would escape, including the shepherds of the flocks. God in His fury was described as the roar and destruction of a lion attacking the inhabitants.