I send him against a godless(A) nation,
    I dispatch(B) him against a people who anger me,(C)
to seize loot and snatch plunder,(D)
    and to trample(E) them down like mud in the streets.
But this is not what he intends,(F)
    this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
    to put an end to many nations.

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45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,(A)
    to Cyrus,(B) whose right hand I take hold(C) of
to subdue nations(D) before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:

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I will summon(A) all the peoples of the north(B) and my servant(C) Nebuchadnezzar(D) king of Babylon,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy[a](E) them and make them an object of horror and scorn,(F) and an everlasting ruin.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 25:9 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.