Prophecy against Babylon

1 The word which the Lord spoke concerning (A)Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet:
(B)Declare and proclaim among the nations.
Proclaim it and (C)lift up a standard.
Do not conceal it but say,
(D)Babylon has been captured,
(E)Bel has been put to shame, (a)Marduk has been (b)shattered;
Her (F)images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.’
3 For a nation has come up against her out of the (G)north; it will make her land (H)an object of horror, and there will be (I)no 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 (J)as well; they will go along (K)weeping as they go, and it will be (L)the Lord their God they will seek. 5 They will (M)ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces (c)in its direction; (d)they (e)will come that they may join themselves to the Lord in an (N)everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
“My people have become (O)lost sheep;
(P)Their shepherds have led them astray.
They have made them turn aside on the (Q)mountains;
They have gone along from mountain to hill
And have forgotten their (R)resting place.
“All who came upon them have devoured them;
And their adversaries have said, ‘(S)We are not guilty,
Inasmuch as they have sinned against the Lord who is the (T)habitation of righteousness,
Even the Lord, the (U)hope of their fathers.’
“Wander away from the (V)midst of Babylon
And (f)go forth from the land of the Chaldeans;
Be also like male goats (g)at the head of the flock.
“For behold, I am going to (W)arouse 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 (h)an expert warrior
Who does not return empty-handed.
(i)(X)Chaldea will become plunder;
All who plunder her will have enough,” declares the Lord.
“Because you are glad, because you are jubilant,
O you who (Y)pillage My heritage,
Because you skip about (j)like a threshing (Z)heifer
And neigh like (k)stallions,
Your (AA)mother (l)will be greatly ashamed,
She who gave you birth (m)will be humiliated.
Behold, she will be the least of the nations,
A (AB)wilderness, a parched land and a desert.
“Because of the indignation of the Lord she will (AC)not be inhabited,
But she will be (AD)completely desolate;
Everyone who passes by Babylon (AE)will be horrified
And will hiss because of all her wounds.
“Draw up your battle lines against Babylon on every side,
All you who (n)bend the bow;
Shoot at her, do not be sparing with your arrows,
For she has (AF)sinned against the Lord.
“Raise your battle cry against her on every side!
She has (AG)given (o)herself up, her pillars have fallen,
Her (AH)walls have been torn down.
For this is the (AI)vengeance of the Lord:
Take vengeance on her;
(AJ)As she has done to others, so do to her.
“Cut off the (AK)sower from Babylon
And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest;
From before (p)the (AL)sword of the oppressor
(AM)They will each turn back to his own people
And they will each flee to his own land.
17 “Israel is a (AN)scattered (q)flock, the (AO)lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the (AP)king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is (AQ)Nebuchadnezzar 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 (AR)punished the king of Assyria. 19 And I will (AS)bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his (r)desire will be satisfied in the (AT)hill 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 (AU)there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those (AV)whom I leave as a remnant.’
“Against the land of (s)Merathaim, go up against it,
And against the inhabitants of (t)(AW)Pekod.
Slay and (u)utterly destroy them,” declares the Lord,
“And do according to all that I have commanded you.
“The (AX)noise of battle is in the land,
And great destruction.
“How the (AY)hammer of the whole earth
Has been cut off and broken!
How Babylon has become
An object of horror among the nations!
“I (AZ)set a snare for you and you were also (BA)caught, O Babylon,
While you yourself were not aware;
You have been found and also seized
Because you have engaged in (BB)conflict with the Lord.”
The Lord has opened His armory
And has brought forth the (BC)weapons of His indignation,
For it is a (BD)work of the Lord (v)God of hosts
In the land of the Chaldeans.
Come to her from the (w)farthest border;
(BE)Open up her barns,
Pile her up like heaps
And (x)(BF)utterly destroy her,
Let nothing be left to her.
(BG)Put all her young bulls to the sword;
Let them (BH)go down to the slaughter!
Woe be upon them, for their (BI)day has come,
The time of their punishment.
There is a (BJ)sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon,
To declare in Zion the (BK)vengeance of the Lord our God,
Vengeance for His (BL)temple.
“Summon (y)many against Babylon,
All those who (z)bend the bow:
Encamp against her on every side,
Let there be no escape(aa).
Repay her according to her work;
(BM)According to all that she has done, so do to her;
For she has become (BN)arrogant against the Lord,
Against the Holy One of Israel.
“Therefore her (BO)young men will fall in her streets,
And all her men of war will be (ab)(BP)silenced in that day,” declares the Lord.
“Behold, (BQ)I am against you, O (ac)arrogant one,”
Declares the Lord (ad)God of hosts,
“For your day has come,
The time (ae)when I will punish you.
“The (af)(BR)arrogant one will stumble and fall
With no one to raise him up;
And I will (BS)set fire to his cities
And it will devour all his environs.”
Thus says the Lord of hosts,
“The sons of Israel are oppressed,
And the sons of Judah as well;
And (BT)all who took them captive have held them fast,
They have refused to let them go.
“Their (BU)Redeemer is strong, (BV)the Lord of hosts is His name;
He will vigorously (BW)plead their case
So that He may (BX)bring rest to (ag)the earth,
But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.
“A (BY)sword against the Chaldeans,” declares the Lord,
“And against the inhabitants of Babylon
And against her (BZ)officials and her (CA)wise men!
“A sword against the (CB)oracle priests, and they will become fools!
A sword against her (CC)mighty men, and they will be (ah)(CD)shattered!
“A sword against (ai)their (CE)horses and against (aj)their chariots
And against all the (ak)(CF)foreigners who are in the midst of her,
And they will become (CG)women!
A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!
“A (al)(CH)drought on her waters, and they will be dried up!
For it is a land of (CI)idols,
And they are mad over fearsome idols.
“Therefore the (CJ)desert creatures will live there along with the jackals;
The ostriches also will live in it,
And it will (CK)never again be inhabited
Or dwelt in from generation to generation.
“As when God overthrew (CL)Sodom
And Gomorrah with its neighbors,” declares the Lord,
“No man will live there,
Nor will any son of man reside in it.
“Behold, a people is coming (CM)from the north,
And a great nation and many kings
Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.
“They (CN)seize their bow and javelin;
They are (CO)cruel and have no mercy.
Their (CP)voice roars like the sea;
And they ride on (CQ)horses,
(CR)Marshalled like a man for the battle
Against you, O daughter of Babylon.
“The (CS)king of Babylon has heard the report about them,
And his hands hang limp;
(CT)Distress has gripped him,
Agony like a woman in childbirth.
44 (CU)Behold, one will come up like a lion from the (am)thicket of the Jordan to (an)a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is (CV)chosen I will appoint over it. For who is (CW)like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can (CX)stand before Me?” 45 Therefore hear the (CY)plan of the Lord which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: (CZ)surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their (ao)pasture desolate because of them. 46 At the (ap)shout, “Babylon has been seized!” the (DA)earth is shaken, and an (DB)outcry is heard among the nations.


a. Jeremiah 50:2: ['Heb ', Merodach]
b. Jeremiah 50:2: ['Or ', dismayed]
c. Jeremiah 50:5: ['Lit ', hither]
d. Jeremiah 50:5: ['M.T. reads ', come ye, '!']
e. Jeremiah 50:5: ['Or ', will have come]
f. Jeremiah 50:8: ['Another reading is ', let them go forth]
g. Jeremiah 50:8: ['Or ', in front of]
h. Jeremiah 50:9: ['So some mss and versions; M.T. reads ', a warrior who makes childless]
i. Jeremiah 50:10: ['Or ', the Chaldeans]
j. Jeremiah 50:11: ['Another reading is ', in the grass]
k. Jeremiah 50:11: ['Lit ', mighty ones]
l. Jeremiah 50:12: ['Or ', has become]
m. Jeremiah 50:12: ['Or ', has become]
n. Jeremiah 50:14: ['Lit ', tread, ' (in order to string)']
o. Jeremiah 50:15: ['Lit ', her hand]
p. Jeremiah 50:16: ['Or ', the oppressing sword]
q. Jeremiah 50:17: ['Lit ', sheep]
r. Jeremiah 50:19: ['Lit ', soul]
s. Jeremiah 50:21: ['Or ', Double Rebellion]
t. Jeremiah 50:21: ['Or ', Punishment]
u. Jeremiah 50:21: ['Lit ', put under the ban]
v. Jeremiah 50:25: ['Heb ', YHWH, ', usually rendered ', Lord]
w. Jeremiah 50:26: ['Lit ', end]
x. Jeremiah 50:26: ['Lit ', put under the ban]
y. Jeremiah 50:29: ['Another reading is ', archers]
z. Jeremiah 50:29: ['Lit ', tread, ' (in order to string)']
aa. Jeremiah 50:29: ['Some mss add ', to her]
ab. Jeremiah 50:30: ['Or ', made lifeless, ' or ', destroyed]
ac. Jeremiah 50:31: ['Lit ', arrogance]
ad. Jeremiah 50:31: ['Heb ', YHWH, ', usually rendered ', Lord]
ae. Jeremiah 50:31: ['Another reading is ', of your punishment]
af. Jeremiah 50:32: ['Lit ', arrogance]
ag. Jeremiah 50:34: ['Or their ', land]
ah. Jeremiah 50:36: ['Or ', dismayed]
ai. Jeremiah 50:37: ['Lit ', his]
aj. Jeremiah 50:37: ['Lit ', his]
ak. Jeremiah 50:37: ['Lit ', mixed multitude]
al. Jeremiah 50:38: ['Another reading is ', sword]
am. Jeremiah 50:44: ['Lit ', pride]
an. Jeremiah 50:44: ['Or ', an enduring habitation]
ao. Jeremiah 50:45: ['Or ', habitation]
ap. Jeremiah 50:46: ['Lit ', voice]

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