Jeremiah 50


50:1 The word that the LORD spoke against Babylon [and] against
 the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
50:2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a
 standard; publish, [and] conceal not: say, Babylon is taken,
 Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are
 confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
50:3 For out of the north there cometh a nation against her,
 which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell in it,
 they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the
 children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah
 together, going and weeping; they shall go, and seek the LORD
 their God.
50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces towards it,
 [saying], Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a
 perpetual covenant [that] shall not be forgotten.
50:6 My people have been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused
 them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the
 mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have
 forgotten their resting-place.
50:7 All that found them have devoured them: and their
 adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned
 against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the
 hope of their fathers.
50:8 Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth from the
 land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he-goats before the
 flocks.
50:9 For lo, I will raise and cause to come against Babylon an
 assembly of great nations from the north country: and they
 shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she
 shall be taken: their arrows [shall be] as of a mighty expert
 man; none shall return in vain.
50:10 And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be
 satisfied, saith the LORD.
50:11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers
 of my heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at
 grass, and bellow as bulls;
50:12 Your mother shall be greatly confounded; she that bore you
 shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations [shall
 be] a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
50:13 Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be
 inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that
 goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her
 plagues.
50:14 Put yourselves in array against Babylon on every side: all
 ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she
 hath sinned against the LORD.
50:15 Shout against her on every side; she hath given her hand:
 her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it
 [is] the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; as she
 hath done, do to her.
50:16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the
 sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword
 they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee
 every one to his own land.
50:17 Israel [is] a scattered sheep; the lions have driven [him]
 away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last
 this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.
50:18 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
 Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I
 have punished the king of Assyria.
50:19 And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he
 shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be
 satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
50:20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the
 iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and [there shall] be
 none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I
 will pardon them whom I reserve.
50:21 Go up against the land of Merathaim, [even] against it,
 and against the inhabitants of Pekod: waste and utterly destroy
 after them, saith the LORD, and do according to all that I have
 commanded thee.
50:22 A sound of battle [is] in the land, and of great
 destruction.
50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and
 broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
50:24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O
 Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also
 caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.
50:25 The LORD hath opened his armory, and hath brought forth
 the weapons of his indignation: for this [is] the work of the
 Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.
50:26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her
 store-houses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly:
 let nothing of her be left.
50:27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter:
 woe to them! for their day is come, the time of their
 visitation.
50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape from the land of
 Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God,
 the vengeance of his temple.
50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that
 bend the bow, encamp against it on every side; let none thereof
 escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all
 that she hath done, do to her: for she hath been proud against
 the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.
50:30 Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets, and all
 her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD.
50:31 Behold, I [am] against thee, [O thou] most proud, saith
 the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time [that] I
 will visit thee.
50:32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall
 raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it
 shall devour all around him.
50:33 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and
 the children of Judah [were] oppressed together: and all that
 took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.
50:34 Their Redeemer [is] strong; the LORD of hosts [is] his
 name: he will thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give
 rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
50:35 A sword [is] upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, and upon
 the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her
 wise [men].
50:36 A sword [is] upon the liars; and they shall be sottish: a
 sword [is] upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
50:37 A sword [is] upon their horses, and upon their chariots,
 and upon all the mingled people that [are] in the midst of her;
 and they shall become as women: a sword [is] upon her
 treasures; and they shall be robbed.
50:38 A drouth [is] upon her waters; and they shall be dried up:
 for it [is] the land of graven images, and they are mad upon
 [their] idols.
50:39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild
 beasts of the isles, shall dwell [there], and the owls shall
 dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever;
 neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
50:40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring
 [cities], saith the LORD; [so] shall no man abide there,
 neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
50:41 Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great
 nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the borders of
 the earth.
50:42 They shall hold the bow and the lance: they [are] cruel,
 and will not show mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea,
 and they shall ride upon horses, [every one] put in array, like
 a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
50:43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his
 hands became feeble: anguish took hold of him, [and] pangs as
 of a woman in travail.
50:44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of
 Jordan to the habitation of the strong: but I will make them
 suddenly run away from her: and who [is] a chosen [man], [that]
 I may appoint over her? for who [is] like me? and who will
 appoint me the time? and who [is] that shepherd that will stand
 before me?
50:45 Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath
 taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed
 against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the
 flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make [their]
 habitation desolate with them.
50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved,
 and the cry is heard among the nations.
 
 

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