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Jeremiah 50 (New American Standard)

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Prophecy against Babylon

1 The word which the LORD spoke concerning 1Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet: 2 "2Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and 3lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, '4Babylon has been captured, 5Bel has been put to shame, aMarduk has been bshattered; Her 6images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.' 3 "For a nation has come up against her out of the 7north; it will make her land 8an object of horror, and there will be 9no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away! 4 "In those days and at that time," declares the LORD, "the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah 10as well; they will go along 11weeping as they go, and it will be 12the LORD their God they will seek. 5 "They will 13ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces cin its direction; dthey ewill come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an 14everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. 6 "My people have become 15lost sheep; 16Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the 17mountains; They have gone along from mountain to hill And have forgotten their 18resting place. 7 "All who came upon them have devoured them; And their adversaries have said, '19We are not guilty, Inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the 20habitation of righteousness, Even the LORD, the 21hope of their fathers.' 8 "Wander away from the 22midst of Babylon And fgo forth from the land of the Chaldeans; Be also like male goats gat the head of the flock. 9 "For behold, I am going to 23arouse and bring up against Babylon A horde of great nations from the land of the north, And they will draw up their battle lines against her; From there she will be taken captive. Their arrows will be like han expert warrior Who does not return empty-handed. 10 "i24Chaldea will become plunder; All who plunder her will have enough," declares the LORD. 11 "Because you are glad, because you are jubilant, O you who 25pillage My heritage, Because you skip about jlike a threshing 26heifer And neigh like kstallions, 12 Your 27mother lwill be greatly ashamed, She who gave you birth mwill be humiliated. Behold, she will be the least of the nations, A 28wilderness, a parched land and a desert. 13 "Because of the indignation of the LORD she will 29not be inhabited, But she will be 30completely desolate; Everyone who passes by Babylon 31will be horrified And will hiss because of all her wounds. 14 "Draw up your battle lines against Babylon on every side, All you who nbend the bow; Shoot at her, do not be sparing with your arrows, For she has 32sinned against the LORD. 15 "Raise your battle cry against her on every side! She has 33given oherself up, her pillars have fallen, Her 34walls have been torn down. For this is the 35vengeance of the LORD: Take vengeance on her; 36As she has done to others, so do to her. 16 "Cut off the 37sower from Babylon And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest; From before pthe 38sword of the oppressor 39They will each turn back to his own people And they will each flee to his own land. 17 "Israel is a 40scattered qflock, the 41lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the 42king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is 43Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. 18 "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I 44punished the king of Assyria. 19 'And I will 45bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his rdesire will be satisfied in the 46hill country of Ephraim and Gilead. 20 'In those days and at that time,' declares the LORD, 'search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but 47there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those 48whom I leave as a remnant.' 21 "Against the land of sMerathaim, go up against it, And against the inhabitants of t49Pekod. Slay and uutterly destroy them," declares the LORD, "And do according to all that I have commanded you. 22 "The 50noise of battle is in the land, And great destruction. 23 "How the 51hammer of the whole earth Has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become An object of horror among the nations! 24 "I 52set a snare for you and you were also 53caught, O Babylon, While you yourself were not aware; You have been found and also seized Because you have engaged in 54conflict with the LORD." 25 The LORD has opened His armory And has brought forth the 55weapons of His indignation, For it is a 56work of the Lord vGOD of hosts In the land of the Chaldeans. 26 Come to her from the wfarthest border; 57Open up her barns, Pile her up like heaps And x58utterly destroy her, Let nothing be left to her. 27 59Put all her young bulls to the sword; Let them 60go down to the slaughter! Woe be upon them, for their 61day has come, The time of their punishment. 28 There is a 62sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the 63vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His 64temple. 29 "Summon ymany against Babylon, All those who zbend the bow: Encamp against her on every side, Let there be no escape aa. Repay her according to her work; 65According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become 66arrogant against the LORD, Against the Holy One of Israel. 30 "Therefore her 67young men will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be bb68silenced in that day," declares the LORD. 31 "Behold, 69I am against you, O ccarrogant one," Declares the Lord ddGOD of hosts, "For your day has come, The time eewhen I will punish you. 32 "The ff70arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will 71set fire to his cities And it will devour all his environs." 33 Thus says the LORD of hosts, "The sons of Israel are oppressed, And the sons of Judah as well; And 72all who took them captive have held them fast, They have refused to let them go. 34 "Their 73Redeemer is strong, 74the LORD of hosts is His name; He will vigorously 75plead their case So that He may 76bring rest to ggthe earth, But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon. 35 "A 77sword against the Chaldeans," declares the LORD, "And against the inhabitants of Babylon And against her 78officials and her 79wise men! 36 "A sword against the 80oracle priests, and they will become fools! A sword against her 81mighty men, and they will be hh82shattered! 37 "A sword against iitheir 83horses and against jjtheir chariots And against all the kk84foreigners who are in the midst of her, And they will become 85women! A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered! 38 "A ll86drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of 87idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols. 39 "Therefore the 88desert creatures will live there along with the jackals; The ostriches also will live in it, And it will 89never again be inhabited Or dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 "As when God overthrew 90Sodom And Gomorrah with its neighbors," declares the LORD, "No man will live there, Nor will any son of man reside in it. 41 "Behold, a people is coming 91from the north, And a great nation and many kings Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth. 42 "They 92seize their bow and javelin; They are 93cruel and have no mercy. Their 94voice roars like the sea; And they ride on 95horses, 96Marshalled like a man for the battle Against you, O daughter of Babylon. 43 "The 97king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands hang limp; 98Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth. 44 "99Behold, one will come up like a lion from the mmthicket of the Jordan to nna perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is 100chosen I will appoint over it. For who is 101like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can 102stand before Me?" 45 Therefore hear the 103plan of the LORD which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: 104surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their oopasture desolate because of them. 46 At the ppshout, "Babylon has been seized!" the 105earth is shaken, and an 106outcry is heard among the nations.
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