Jeremiah 50:23-33 NIV

23 How broken and shattered is the hammer1 of the whole earth!2 How desolate3 is Babylon among the nations!

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24 I set a trap4 for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured5 because you opposed6 the LORD.

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25 The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons7 of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.8

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26 Come against her from afar.9 Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain.10 Completely destroy11 her and leave her no remnant.

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27 Kill all her young bulls;12 let them go down to the slaughter!13 Woe to them! For their day14 has come, the time15 for them to be punished.

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28 Listen to the fugitives16 and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion17 how the LORD our God has taken vengeance,18 vengeance for his temple.19

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      29 "Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow.20 Encamp all around her; let no one escape.21 Repay22 her for her deeds;23 do to her as she has done. For she has defied24 the LORD, the Holy One25 of Israel.

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      30 Therefore, her young men26 will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD.

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      31 "See, I am against27 you, O arrogant one," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty, "for your day28 has come, the time for you to be punished.

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      32 The arrogant29 one will stumble and fall30 and no one will help her up;31 I will kindle a fire32 in her towns that will consume all who are around her."

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      33 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed,33 and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go.34

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