The LORD gave Jeremiah the prophet this message concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians. a2
This is what the LORD says: "Tell the whole world, and keep nothing back! Raise a signal flag so everyone will know that Babylon will fall! Her images and idols will be shattered. Her gods Bel and Marduk will be utterly disgraced.
For a nation will attack her from the north and bring such destruction that no one will live in her again. Everything will be gone; both people and animals will flee.
"Then the people of Israel and Judah will join together," says the LORD, "weeping and seeking the LORD their God.
They will ask the way to Jerusalem b and will start back home again. They will bind themselves to the LORD with an eternal covenant that will never again be broken.
"My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray and turned them loose in the mountains. They have lost their way and cannot remember how to get back to the fold.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)