1 The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles;
1 This is the message from the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.
1 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the [Gentile] nations.
2 To (B)Egypt, concerning the army of (C)Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was by the Euphrates River at (D)Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the (E)fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
2 Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah.
2 About Egypt and the army of Pharaoh Neco, Egypt’s king,(B) which was defeated at Carchemish(C) on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Judah’s King Jehoiakim son of Josiah:(D)
2 To Egypt: Concerning the army of King Pharaoh Neco of Egypt, which was encamped by the Euphrates River at Carchemish and which King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of the reign of Josiah's son Jehoiakim, king of Judah.
3 Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle.
3 "Prepare buckler and shield, and advance into the battle!
4 Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines.
4 Harness the horses! Riders, mount up! Take your positions with your helmets! Polish lances, and put on armor!
4 “Harness the horses,And mount, you riders!Take your stand with your helmets!Polish the spears,Put on the coats of mail!
5 “Why have I seen it?They are terrified,They are (I)drawing back,And their (J)mighty men are defeatedAnd have taken refuge in flight,Without facing back;(c)(K)Terror is on every side!”Declares the Lord.
5 Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for fear was round about, saith the LORD.
5 Why am I seeing this? They're terrified, they have turned back. Their warriors are crushed, and they take flight. They don't look back. Terror is on every side," declares the LORD.
6 Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.
6 "The swift cannot flee, nor can the strong escape. In the north, beside the Euphrates River, they stumble and fall.
6 Do not let the swift man run,Nor the mighty man escape;In the north by the river EuphratesThey have stumbled and fallen.
7 Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers?
7 Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge?
7 Who is this that rises up like the Nile [River],Like the rivers [in the delta of Egypt] whose waters surge about?
8 Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.
8 Egypt rises like the Nile,and its waters churn like rivers.He boasts, “I will go up, I will cover the earth;I will destroy cities with their residents.”
8 Egypt is rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge. He says, "I'll rise and cover the land. I'll destroy the city and its inhabitants.'
9 Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.
9 Horses, get up! Chariots, drive furiously! Let the warriors go forward, Ethiopia and Put, who carry shields, and the Lydians who handle and bend the bow.
9 Charge, you horses,And drive like madmen, you chariots!Let the warriors go forward:Ethiopia and Put (Libya) who handle the shield,And the Lydians who handle and bend the bow.
10 For (T)that day belongs to the Lord (h)God of hosts,A day of (U)vengeance, so as to avenge Himself on His foes;And the (V)sword will devour and be satiatedAnd (i)drink its fill of their blood;For there will be a (W)slaughter for the Lord (j)God of hosts,In the land of the north by the river Euphrates.
10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
10 That day belongs to the Lord, the God of Hosts,a day of vengeance to avenge Himselfagainst His adversaries.The sword will devour and be satisfied;it will drink its fill of their blood,because it will be a sacrifice(M) to the Lord, the God of Hosts,in the northern land by the Euphrates River.
10 That day belongs to the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. It is a day of vengeance to take vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour and be satisfied, and will drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord GOD of the Heavenly Armies will hold a sacrifice in the land of the north, by the Euphrates river.
10 For that day belongs to the Lord God of hosts,A day of vengeance, that He may avenge Himself on His adversaries.And the sword will devour and be satiatedAnd drink its fill of their blood;For the Lord God of hosts has a sacrifice [like that of a great sin offering]In the north country by the river Euphrates.
11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.
11 Go up to Gilead and get balm, virgin daughter of Egypt! In vain you multiply remedies, but there is no healing for you.
11 Go up to Gilead and obtain [healing] balm,O Virgin Daughter of Egypt!In vain you use many medicines;For you there is no healing or remedy.
12 The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath filled the land: for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together.
12 The nations have heard of your disgrace, and your cry of distress fills the earth. Indeed, one warrior stumbles over another, and both of them fall down together."
12 The nations have heard of your disgrace and shame,And your cry [of distress] has filled the earth.For warrior has stumbled against warrior,And both of them have fallen together.
13 The word that the LORD spake to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and smite the land of Egypt.
13 This is the message that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer the land of Egypt.
13 The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike the land of Egypt:
14 Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Noph and in Tahpanhes: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee.
14 "Announce in Egypt, proclaim in Migdol. Proclaim also in Memphis and Tahpanhes. Say, "Take your positions and be ready, for the sword will devour all around you.'
15 Why are thy valiant men swept away? they stood not, because the LORD did drive them.
15 Why have your strong ones been swept away?Each has not stood,for the Lord has thrust him down.
15 Why are your warriors prostrate? They don't stand because the LORD has brought them down.
15 “Why have your strong ones been cut down?They do not stand because the Lord drove them away.
16 “They have repeatedly (AK)stumbled;Indeed, they have fallen one against another.Then they said, ‘Get up! And (AL)let us go backTo our own people and our native landAway from the (n)(AM)sword of the oppressor.’
16 He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword.
16 They repeatedly stumble and fall. They say to each other, "Get up! Let's go back to our people and to the land of our birth, away from the oppressor's sword.'
16 “He will make many stumble and fall;Yes, they have fallen one on another.Then they said, ‘Arise, and let us go backTo our own people and to the land of our birth,Away from the sword of the oppressor.’
17 They did cry there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed.
17 There they will cry out,“Pharaoh king of Egypt was all noise;he let the opportune moment pass.”
17 There they'll cry out, "Pharaoh, king of Egypt, is just a big noise. He has let the appointed time pass by.'
17 “They cried there, ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is destroyed and is merely a loud noise;He has let the appointed time [of opportunity] pass by!’
18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.
18 As certainly as I'm alive and living," declares the King, whose name is the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "Indeed, one will come like Tabor among the mountains and like Carmel by the sea.
19 O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt, furnish thyself to go into captivity: for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant.
19 Prepare your baggage for exile, daughter living in Egypt, for Memphis will become a desolate place. It will become a ruin without inhabitant.
19 “O you daughter who dwells in Egypt and you who dwell with her,Prepare yourselves [with all you will need] to go into exile,For Memphis will become desolate;It will even be burned down and without inhabitant.
20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.
20 Egypt is a beautiful calf, but a horsefly from the north is surely coming.
20 “Egypt is a very pretty heifer,But a horsefly (Babylonia) is coming [against her] out of the north!
21 “Also her (AW)mercenaries in her midstAre like (r)fattened (AX)calves,For even they too have turned back and have fled away together;They did not stand their ground.For the day of their calamity has come upon them,The time of their (AY)punishment.
21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.
21 Even her mercenaries among herare like stall-fed calves.They too will turn back;together they will flee;they will not take their stand,for the day of their calamity is coming on them,the time of their punishment.(Y)
21 Even the mercenary troops in her ranks are like a fattened calf. They too will turn around, and will flee together. They won't stand, for the day of their disaster is coming on them, the time of their punishment.
21 “Also her mercenaries in her armyAre like fattened calves,For they too have turned back and have fled together;They did not stand [their ground],Because the day of their disaster has come upon them,The time of their punishment.
22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.
22 Her cry will be like that of a fleeing serpent when they come in strength. They're coming to her with axes like woodcutters.
22 “The sound [of Egypt fleeing from the enemy] is like [the rustling of] an escaping serpent,For her foes advance with a mighty armyAnd come against her like woodcutters with axes.
23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.
23 They'll cut down her forest, though it's impenetrable," declares the LORD, "for they're more numerous than locusts, and there are too many of them to count.
23 “They have cut down her forest,” says the Lord;“Certainly it will no longer be found,Because they (the invaders) are more numerous than locustsAnd cannot be counted.
24 The daughter of Egypt shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.
24 The daughter of Egypt will be put to shame, she will be given into the hands of the people from the north."
24 “The Daughter of Egypt has been shamed,Given over to the power of the people of the north [the Chaldeans of Babylonia].”
25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I am going to punish Amon of (BC)Thebes, and (BD)Pharaoh, and Egypt along with her (BE)gods and her kings, even Pharaoh and those who (BF)trust in him.
25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:
25 The LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel says, "Look, I'm going to punish Amon of Thebes, Pharaoh, Egypt, its gods and its kings, Pharaoh, and those who trust in him.
25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I am going to punish Amon [chief god of the sacred city] of Thebes [the capital of Upper Egypt], and Pharaoh, and Egypt along with her gods and her kings—even Pharaoh and those who put their trust in him [as a shield against Babylon].
26 I shall give them over to the (v)power of those who are (BG)seeking their lives, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of his (w)officers. (BH)Afterwards, however, it will be inhabited as in the days of old,” declares the Lord.
26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD.
26 I will hand them over to those who want to take their lives(AD)—to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. But after this,(AE) it will be inhabited again as in ancient times.”This is the Lord’s declaration.
26 I'll give them to those who are seeking their lives and to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his officers. Then afterwards, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past," declares the LORD.
27 “But as for you, O Jacob My servant, (BI)do not fear,Nor be dismayed, O Israel!For, see, I am going to (BJ)save you from afar,And your descendants from the land of their captivity;And Jacob will return and be (BK)undisturbedAnd secure, with no one making him tremble.
27 But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.
27 But you, My servant Jacob, do not be afraid,(AF)and do not be discouraged, Israel,for without fail I will save you from far awayand your descendants, from the land of their captivity!Jacob will return and have calm and quietwith no one to frighten him.
27 "As for you, my servant Jacob, don't be afraid, and Israel, don't be dismayed. For I'll deliver you from a distant place, and your descendants from the land of their captivity. Jacob will return. He will be undisturbed and secure, and no one will cause him to fear.
27 “But as for you, do not fear, O My servant Jacob,Nor be dismayed, O Israel!For behold, I will save you from [your captivity in] a distant land,And your descendants from the land of their exile;And Jacob will return and be quiet and secure,And no one will make him afraid.
28 “O Jacob My servant, do not fear,” declares the Lord,“For (BL)I am with you.For I will make a full end of all the nationsWhere I have driven you,Yet I will (BM)not make a full end of you;But I will (BN)correct you properlyAnd by no means leave you unpunished.”
28 Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.
28 And you, My servant Jacob, do not be afraid—this is the Lord’s declaration—for I will be with you.(AG)I will bring destruction on all the nationswhere I have banished you,but I will not bring destruction on you.I will discipline you with justice,and I will by no means leave you unpunished.(AH)
28 "As for you, my servant Jacob, don't be afraid, and Israel, don't be dismayed," declares the LORD, "for I am with you. Indeed, I'll make an end of all the nations where I scattered you; but I won't make an end of you! I'll discipline you justly, but I'll certainly not leave you unpunished."
28 “Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,” says the Lord,“For I am with you.For I will make a full and complete end of all the nationsTo which I have driven you;Yet I will not make a full end of you.But I will discipline and correct you appropriatelyAnd by no means will I declare you guiltless or leave you unpunished.”
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