Jeremiah 51

Babylon Judged for Sins against Israel

1 Thus says the LORD: "Behold, I am going to arouse against Babylon And against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai The 1spirit of a destroyer.
2 "I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon that they may 2winnow her And may devastate her land; For on every side they will be opposed to her In the day of her calamity.
3 "Let not him who 3bends his bow bend it, Nor let him rise up in his 4scale-armor; So do not spare her young men; Devote all her army to destruction.
4 "They will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans, And 5pierced through in their streets."
5 For 6neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken By his God, the LORD of hosts, Although their land is 7full of guilt Before the Holy One of Israel.
6 8Flee from the midst of Babylon, And each of you save his life! Do not be 9destroyed in her punishment, For this is the 10LORD'S time of vengeance; He is going to 11render recompense to her.
7 Babylon has been a golden 12cup in the hand of the LORD, Intoxicating all the earth. The 13nations have drunk of her wine; Therefore * the nations are 14going mad.
8 Suddenly 15Babylon has fallen and been broken; 16Wail over her! 17Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed.
9 We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; Forsake her and 18let us each go to his own country, For her judgment has 19reached to heaven And towers up to the very skies.
10 The LORD has 20brought about our vindication; Come and let us 21recount in Zion The work of the LORD our God!
11 22Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, Because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; For it is the 23vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for His temple.
13 O you who 26dwell by many waters, Abundant in 27treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your 28end.
14 The 29LORD of hosts has sworn by Himself: "Surely * I will fill you with a population like 30locusts, And they will cry out with shouts of victory over you."
15 It is 31He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, And by His understanding He 32stretched out the heavens.
16 When He utters His 33voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the 34clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain And brings forth the 35wind from His storehouses.
17 36All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, For his molten images are 37deceitful, And there is no breath in them.
18 They are 38worthless, a work of mockery; In the time of their punishment they will perish.
19 The 39portion of Jacob is not like these; For the Maker of all is He, And of the tribe of His inheritance; The 40LORD of hosts is His name.
20 He says, "You are My 41war-club, My weapon of war; And with you I 42shatter nations, And with you I destroy kingdoms.
21 "With you I 43shatter the horse and his rider, And with you I shatter the 44chariot and its rider,
22 And with you I shatter 45man and woman, And with you I shatter old man and 46youth, And with you I shatter young man and virgin,
23 And with you I shatter the shepherd and his flock, And with you I shatter the farmer and his team, And with you I shatter governors and prefects.
24 "But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of 47Chaldea for 48all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes," declares the LORD.
25 "Behold, 49I am against you, 50O destroying mountain, Who destroys the whole earth," declares the LORD, "And I will stretch out My hand against you, And roll you down from the crags, And I will make you a 51burnt out mountain.
26 "They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be 52desolate forever," declares the LORD.
28 Consecrate the nations against her, The kings of the Medes, Their governors and all their prefects, And every land of their dominion.
30 The 60mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, They stay in the strongholds; 61Their strength is exhausted, They are becoming 62like women; Their dwelling places are set on fire, The 63bars of her gates are broken.
31 One 64courier runs to meet another, And one 65messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end;
32 The fords also have been seized, And they have burned the marshes with fire, And the men of war are terrified.
33 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "The daughter of Babylon is like a 66threshing floor At the time it is stamped firm; Yet in a little while the time of 67harvest will come for her."
34 "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has 68devoured me and crushed me, He has set me down like an 69empty vessel; He has 70swallowed me like a monster, He has filled his stomach with my delicacies; He has washed me away.
35 "May the 71violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon," The inhabitant of Zion will say; And, "May my blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea," Jerusalem will say.
36 Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to 72plead your case And 73exact full vengeance for you; And 74I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.
37 "75Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, An 76object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants.
38 "They will roar together like 77young lions, They will growl like lions' cubs.
39 "When they become heated up, I will serve them their banquet And 78make them drunk, that they may become jubilant And may 79sleep a perpetual sleep And not wake up," declares the LORD.
40 "I will bring them down like lambs 80to the slaughter, Like rams together with male goats.
41 "How 81Sheshak has been captured, And 82the praise of the whole earth been seized! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!
42 "The 83sea has come up over Babylon; She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.
43 "Her cities have become an 84object of horror, A parched land and a desert, A land in which 85no * man lives And through which no son of man passes.
44 "86I will punish Bel in Babylon, And I will make what he has swallowed 87come out of his mouth; And the nations will no longer 88stream to him. Even the 89wall of Babylon has fallen down!
45 "90Come forth from her midst, My people, And each of you 91save yourselves From the fierce anger of the LORD.
46 "Now 92so that your heart does not grow faint, And you are not afraid at the 93report that will be heard in the land - For the report will come one year, And after that another report in another year, And violence will be in the land With 94ruler against ruler -
47 Therefore behold, days are coming When I will punish the 95idols of Babylon; And her whole land will be 96put to shame And all her slain will fall in her midst.
48 "Then 97heaven and earth and all that is in them Will shout for joy over Babylon, For 98the destroyers will come to her from the north," Declares the LORD.
49 99Indeed Babylon is to fall for the slain of Israel, As also for Babylon 100the slain of all the earth have fallen.
50 You 101who have escaped the sword, Depart! Do not stay! 102Remember the LORD from afar, And let Jerusalem come to your mind.
51 103We are ashamed because we have heard reproach; Disgrace has covered our faces, For 104aliens have entered The holy places of the LORD'S house.
52 "Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will punish her 105idols, And the mortally wounded will groan throughout her land.
53 "Though Babylon should 106ascend to the heavens, And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, From 107Me destroyers will come to her," declares the LORD.
54 The 108sound of an outcry from Babylon, And of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
55 For the LORD is going to destroy Babylon, And He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their 109waves will roar like many waters; The tumult of their voices sounds forth.
56 For the 110destroyer is coming against her, against Babylon, And her mighty men will be captured, Their 111bows are shattered; For the LORD is a God of 112recompense, He will fully repay.
57 "I will 113make her princes and her wise men drunk, Her governors, her prefects and her mighty men, That they may sleep a 114perpetual sleep and not wake up," 115Declares the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
58 Thus says the LORD of hosts, "The broad 116wall of Babylon will be completely razed And her high 117gates will be set on fire; So the peoples will 118toil for nothing, And the nations become 119exhausted only for fire."
59 The message which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of 120Neriah, the grandson of Mahseiah, when he went with 121Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. (Now Seraiah was quartermaster *.)
60 So Jeremiah 122wrote in a single scroll all the calamity which would come upon Babylon, that is, all these words which have been written concerning Babylon.
61 Then Jeremiah said to Seraiah, "As soon as you come to Babylon, then see that you read all these words aloud,
62 and say, 'You, O LORD, have promised concerning this place to 123cut it off, so that there will be 124nothing dwelling in it, whether man or beast, but it will be a perpetual desolation.'
63 "And as soon as you finish reading this scroll, you will tie a stone to it and 125throw it into the middle of the Euphrates,
64 and say, 'Just so shall Babylon sink down and 126not rise again because * of the calamity that I am going to bring upon her; and they will become 127exhausted.' " 128Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
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