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Jeremiah 50

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The judgment of Babylon and the redemption of Israel.

50:1 The word that Yahweh spoke concerning Babylon,
concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet.

50:2 Declare among the nations and publish, and set up a standard;
publish, and donít conceal: say,

Babylon is taken, Bel is disappointed,
Merodach is dismayed;
her images are disappointed, her idols are dismayed.

50:3 For out of the north there comes up a nation against her,
which shall make her land desolate,
and none shall dwell therein:
they are fled, they are gone, both man and animal.

50:4 In those days, and in that time,

says Yahweh,
the children of Israel shall come,
they and the children of Judah together;
they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek Yahweh their God.

50:5 They shall inquire concerning Zion
with their faces turned toward it, saying,

Come, and join yourselves to Yahweh in an everlasting 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 who found them have devoured them;
and their adversaries said,

We are not guilty, because they have sinned against Yahweh,
the habitation of righteousness,
even Yahweh, the hope of their fathers.

50:8 Flee out of the midst of Babylon,
and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans,
and be as the male goats before the flocks.

50:9 For, behold, I will stir up and cause to come up against Babylon
a company of great nations from the north country;
and they shall set themselves in array against her;
from there she shall be taken:
their arrows shall be as of an expert mighty man;
none shall return in vain.

50:10 Chaldea shall be a prey:
all who prey on her shall be satisfied, says Yahweh.

50:11 Because you are glad, because you rejoice,
O you who plunder my heritage,
because you are wanton as a heifer that treads out the grain,
and neigh as strong horses;

50:12 your mother shall be utterly disappointed;
she who bore you shall be confounded:
behold, she shall be the least of the nations,
a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.

50:13 Because of the wrath of Yahweh she shall not be inhabited,
but she shall be wholly desolate:
everyone who goes by Babylon shall be astonished,
and hiss at all her plagues.

50:14 Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
all you who bend the bow; shoot at her, spare no arrows:
for she has sinned against Yahweh.

50:15 Shout against her all around: she has submitted herself;
her bulwarks are fallen, her walls are thrown down;
for it is the vengeance of Yahweh:
take vengeance on her;
as she has done, do to her.

50:16 Cut off the sower from Babylon,
and him who handles the sickle in the time of harvest:
for fear of the oppressing sword
they shall turn everyone to his people,
and they shall flee everyone to his own land.

50:17 Israel is a hunted sheep; the lions have driven him away:
first, the king of Assyria devoured him;
and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.

50:18 Therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, 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 I will bring Israel again to his pasture,
and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan,
and his soul shall be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and in Gilead.

50:20 In those days, and in that time,

says Yahweh,
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 leave as a remnant.

50:21 Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it,
and against the inhabitants of Pekod:
kill and utterly destroy after them,

says Yahweh,
and do according to all that I have commanded you.

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 apart and broken!
how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

50:24 I have laid a snare for you,
and you are also taken, Babylon,
and you werenít aware:
you are found, and also caught,
because you have striven against Yahweh.

50:25 Yahweh has opened his armory,
and has brought forth the weapons of his indignation;
for the Lord, Yahweh of Armies,
has a work to do in the land of the Chaldeans.

50:26 Come against her from the utmost border;
open her storehouses; cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly;
let nothing of her be left.

50:27 Kill all her bulls; 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 those who flee and escape out of the land of Babylon,
to declare in Zion the vengeance of Yahweh our God,
the vengeance of his temple.

50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow;
encamp against her all around;
let none of it escape: recompense her according to her work;
according to all that she has done, do to her;
for she has been proud against Yahweh, against the Holy One of Israel.

50:30 Therefore her young men will fall in her streets,
and all her men of war will be brought to silence in that day,

says Yahweh.

50:31 Behold, I am against you, you proud one,

says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies;
for your day has come, the time that I will visit you.

50:32 The proud one shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up;
and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all who are around him.

50:33 Thus says Yahweh of Armies:

The children of Israel and the children of Judah are oppressed together;
and all who took them captive hold them fast;
they refuse to let them go.

50:34 Their Redeemer is strong;
Yahweh of Armies is his name:
he will thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth,
and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

50:35 A sword is on the Chaldeans,

says Yahweh,
and on the inhabitants of Babylon, and on her princes, and on her wise men.

50:36 A sword is on the boasters,
and they shall become fools;
a sword is on her mighty men, and they shall be dismayed.

50:37 A sword is on their horses, and on their chariots,
and on all the mixed people who are in the midst of her;
and they shall become as women:
a sword is on her treasures, and they shall be robbed.

50:38 A drought is on her waters, and they shall be dried up;
for it is a land of engraved images,
and they are mad over idols.

50:39 Therefore the wild animals of the desert with the wolves shall dwell there,
and the ostriches shall dwell therein:
and it shall be no more inhabited forever;
neither shall it be lived in from generation to generation.

50:40 As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah
and the neighbor cities of it,

says Yahweh,
so shall no man dwell there, neither shall any son of man sojourn therein.

50:41 Behold, a people comes from the north; and a great nation
and many kings shall be stirred up from the uttermost parts of the earth.

50:42 They lay hold on bow and spear;
they are cruel, and have no mercy;
their voice roars like the sea;
and they ride on horses, everyone set in array,
as a man to the battle, against you, daughter of Babylon.

50:43 The king of Babylon has heard the news of them, and his hands wax feeble:
anguish has taken hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

50:44 Behold, the enemy shall come up like a lion from the pride of the Jordan
against the strong habitation:
for I will suddenly make them run away from it;
and whoever is chosen, him will I appoint over it:
for who is like me?
and who will appoint me a time?
and who is the shepherd who can stand before me?

50:45 Therefore hear the counsel of Yahweh, that he has taken against Babylon;
and his purposes, that he has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans:
Surely they shall drag them away, even the little ones of the flock;
surely he shall make their habitation desolate over them.

50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles,
and the cry is heard among the nations.

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