Jeremiah 50:33-46 NIV

33 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed,1 and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go.2

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34 Yet their Redeemer3 is strong; the LORD Almighty4 is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause5 so that he may bring rest6 to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.

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35 "A sword7 against the Babylonians!"8 declares the LORD-- "against those who live in Babylon and against her officials and wise9 men!

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36 A sword against her false prophets! They will become fools. A sword against her warriors!10 They will be filled with terror.11

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37 A sword against her horses and chariots12 and all the foreigners in her ranks! They will become women.13 A sword against her treasures!14 They will be plundered.

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38 A drought ona her waters!15 They will dry16 up. For it is a land of idols,17 idols that will go mad with terror.

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    • d 50:38 - Or "A sword against"
      39 "So desert creatures18 and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation.19

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      40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah20 along with their neighboring towns," declares the LORD, "so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it.21

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      41 "Look! An army is coming from the north;22 a great nation and many kings are being stirred23 up from the ends of the earth.24

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      42 They are armed with bows25 and spears; they are cruel26 and without mercy.27 They sound like the roaring sea28 as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Babylon.29

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          43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp.30 Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor.31

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          44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets32 to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen33 one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me?34 And what shepherd can stand against me?"

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          45 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed35 against the land of the Babylonians:36 The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.

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          46 At the sound of Babylon's capture the earth will tremble;37 its cry38 will resound among the nations.

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