22 But this is a people plundered(A) and looted,
    all of them trapped in pits(B)
    or hidden away in prisons.(C)
They have become plunder,
    with no one to rescue them;(D)
they have been made loot,
    with no one to say, “Send them back.”

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23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,(A)
    who said to you,
    ‘Fall prostrate(B) that we may walk(C) on you.’
And you made your back like the ground,
    like a street to be walked on.”(D)

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17 the man who made the world a wilderness,(A)
    who overthrew(B) its cities
    and would not let his captives go home?”(C)

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20 to hear the groans of the prisoners(A)
    and release those condemned to death.”

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22 “Consider this, you who forget God,(A)
    or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(B)

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20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies,(A) you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.(B) 22 For this is the time of punishment(C) in fulfillment(D) of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled(E) on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

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41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it(A) 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.(B) 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.(C) They will not leave one stone on another,(D) because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming(E) to you.”

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Jehoiachin Released(A)

31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin(B) king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison.

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So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth(A) day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem(B) with his whole army. They encamped outside the city and built siege works(C) all around it.(D) The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.

By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.(E) Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled.(F) They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babylonians[a] were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,[b] but the Babylonian[c] army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, and he was captured.(G)

He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah(H) in the land of Hamath,(I) where he pronounced sentence on him. 10 There at Riblah the king of Babylon killed the sons(J) of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah. 11 Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.(K)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 52:7 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 17
  2. Jeremiah 52:7 Or the Jordan Valley
  3. Jeremiah 52:8 Or Chaldean; also in verse 14

34 “Nebuchadnezzar(A) king of Babylon has devoured(B) us,(C)
    he has thrown us into confusion,
    he has made us an empty jar.
Like a serpent he has swallowed us
    and filled his stomach with our delicacies,
    and then has spewed(D) us out.
35 May the violence(E) done to our flesh[a] be on Babylon,”
    say the inhabitants of Zion.
“May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia,”
    says Jerusalem.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:35 Or done to us and to our children

17 “Israel is a scattered flock(A)
    that lions(B) have chased away.
The first to devour(C) them
    was the king(D) of Assyria;
the last to crush their bones(E)
    was Nebuchadnezzar(F) king(G) of Babylon.”

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God’s Accusation Against the Wicked

Come, all you beasts of the field,(A)
    come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!

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For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“At first my people went down to Egypt(A) to live;
    lately, Assyria(B) has oppressed them.

“And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord.

“For my people have been taken away for nothing,
    and those who rule them mock,[a]
declares the Lord.
“And all day long
    my name is constantly blasphemed.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 52:5 Dead Sea Scrolls and Vulgate; Masoretic Text wail

13 I will raise up Cyrus[a](A) in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.(B)
He will rebuild my city(C)
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(D)
    says the Lord Almighty.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him

to open eyes that are blind,(A)
    to free(B) captives from prison(C)
    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.(D)

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Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem(A)

36 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s(B) reign, Sennacherib(C) king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.(D)

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22 They will be herded together
    like prisoners(A) bound in a dungeon;(B)
they will be shut up in prison
    and be punished[a] after many days.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 24:22 Or released

18 Whoever flees(A) at the sound of terror
    will fall into a pit;(B)
whoever climbs out of the pit
    will be caught in a snare.(C)

The floodgates of the heavens(D) are opened,
    the foundations of the earth shake.(E)

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which sends envoys(A) by sea
    in papyrus(B) boats over the water.

Go, swift messengers,
to a people tall and smooth-skinned,(C)
    to a people feared far and wide,
an aggressive(D) nation of strange speech,
    whose land is divided by rivers.(E)

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Your country is desolate,(A)
    your cities burned with fire;(B)
your fields are being stripped by foreigners(C)
    right before you,
    laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.(D)

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