Jeremiah 51


51:1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against
 Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that
 rise against me, a destroying wind;
51:2 And will send to Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and
 shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be
 against her on all sides.
51:3 Against [him that] bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and
 against [him that] lifteth himself up in his coat of mail: and
 spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host.
51:4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and
 [they that are] thrust through in her streets.
51:5 For Israel [hath] not [been] forsaken, nor Judah by his
 God, by the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with
 sin against the Holy One of Israel.
51:6 Flee from the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his
 soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this [is] the time of
 the LORD'S vengeance; he will render to her a recompense.
51:7 Babylon [hath been] a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that
 made all the earth drunken: the nations have drank of her wine;
 therefore the nations are mad.
51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her;
 take balm for her pain, it may be she may be healed.
51:9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed:
 forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for
 her judgment reacheth to heaven, and is lifted [even] to the
 skies.
51:10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and
 let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath
 raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his purpose
 [is] against Babylon, to destroy it; because it [is] the
 vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.
51:12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the
 watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for
 the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spoke against
 the inhabitants of Babylon.
51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in
 treasures, thy end is come, [and] the measure of thy
 covetousness.
51:14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, [saying], Surely
 I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillars; and they shall
 raise a shout against thee.
51:15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established
 the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by
 his understanding.
51:16 When he uttereth [his] voice, [there is] a multitude of
 waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapors to ascend from
 the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and
 bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
51:17 Every man is brutish by [his] knowledge; every founder is
 confounded by the graven image: for his molten image [is]
 falsehood, and [there is] no breath in them.
51:18 They [are] vanity, the work of errors: in the time of
 their visitation they shall perish.
51:19 The portion of Jacob [is] not like them; for he [is] the
 former of all things: and [Israel is] the rod of his
 inheritance: the LORD of hosts [is] his name.
51:20 Thou [art] my battle-ax [and] weapons of war: for with
 thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I
 destroy kingdoms;
51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his
 rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and its
 rider;
51:22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and
 with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee
 will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
51:23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his
 flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and
 his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains
 and rulers.
51:24 And I will render to Babylon and to all the inhabitants of
 Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your
 sight, saith the LORD.
51:25 Behold, I [am] against thee, O destroying mountain, saith
 the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch
 out my hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and
 will make thee a burnt mountain.
51:26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor
 a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever,
 saith the LORD.
51:27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among
 the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together
 against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz;
 appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as
 the rough caterpillars.
51:28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of Media,
 her captains, and all her rulers, and all the land of his
 dominion.
51:29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose
 of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the
 land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
51:30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they
 have remained in [their] holds: their might hath failed; they
 became as women: they have burned her dwelling-places; her bars
 are broken.
51:31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to
 meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is
 taken at [one] end,
51:32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have
 burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
51:33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The
 daughter of Babylon [is] like a threshing-floor, [it is] time
 to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest
 shall come.
51:34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he
 hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath
 swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my
 delicates, he hath cast me out.
51:35 The violence done to me and to my flesh [be] upon Babylon,
 shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the
 inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
51:36 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy
 cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea,
 and make her springs dry.
51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling-place for
 dragons, an astonishment, and a hissing, without an inhabitant.
51:38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as
 lions' whelps.
51:39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make
 them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual
 sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD.
51:40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like
 rams with he-goats.
51:41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole
 earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among
 the nations!
51:42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the
 multitude of its waves.
51:43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness,
 a land in which no man dwelleth, neither doth [any] son of man
 pass by it.
51:44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth
 out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed: and the nations
 shall not flow together any more to him: even the wall of
 Babylon shall fall.
51:45 My people, depart from the midst of her, and deliver ye
 every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
51:46 And lest your heart should faint, and ye should fear for
 the rumor that shall be heard in the land; a rumor shall both
 come [one] year, and after that in [another] year [shall come]
 a rumor, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
51:47 Therefore behold, the days come, that I will do judgment
 upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be
 confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
51:48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that [is] in them,
 shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come to her from
 the north, saith the LORD.
51:49 As Babylon [hath caused] the slain of Israel to fall, so
 at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
51:50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still:
 remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your
 mind.
51:51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame
 hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the
 sanctuaries of the LORD'S house.
51:52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I
 will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her
 land the wounded shall groan.
51:53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she
 should fortify the hight of her strength, [yet] from me shall
 spoilers come to her, saith the LORD.
51:54 A sound of a cry [cometh] from Babylon, and great
 destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:
51:55 Because the LORD hath laid waste Babylon, and destroyed
 out of her the great voice; when her waves roar like great
 waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:
51:56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, [even] upon Babylon,
 and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is
 broken: for the Lord GOD of recompenses shall surely requite.
51:57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise [men], her
 captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall
 sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the king, whose
 name [is] the LORD of hosts.
51:58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon
 shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned
 with fire; and the people shall labor in vain, and the people
 in the fire, and they shall be weary.
51:59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the
 son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah
 the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign.
 And [this] Seraiah [was] a quiet prince.
51:60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come
 upon Babylon, [even] all these words that are written against
 Babylon.
51:61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou shalt come to
 Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;
51:62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this
 place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man
 nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
51:63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading
 this book, [that] thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it
 into the midst of Euphrates:
51:64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not
 rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall
 be weary. Thus far [are] the words of Jeremiah.
 
 

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