Jeremiah 51:43-53 NIV

43 Her towns will be desolate, a dry and desert1 land, a land where no one lives, through which no man travels.2

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      44 I will punish Bel3 in Babylon and make him spew out4 what he has swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him. And the wall5 of Babylon will fall.

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          45 "Come out6 of her, my people! Run7 for your lives! Run from the fierce anger8 of the LORD.

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              46 Do not lose heart9 or be afraid10 when rumors11 are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.

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              47 For the time will surely come when I will punish the idols12 of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced13 and her slain will all lie fallen within her.14

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              48 Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout15 for joy over Babylon, for out of the north16 destroyers17 will attack her," declares the LORD.

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                  49 "Babylon must fall because of Israel's slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.18

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                  50 You who have escaped the sword, leave19 and do not linger! Remember20 the LORD in a distant land,21 and think on Jerusalem."

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                      51 "We are disgraced,22 for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house."23

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                      52 "But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,24 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.25

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                          53 Even if Babylon reaches the sky26 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers27 against her," declares the LORD.

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