25 “I have stirred(A) up one from the north,(B) and he comes—
    one from the rising sun who calls on my name.
He treads(C) on rulers as if they were mortar,
    as if he were a potter treading the clay.

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14 The Lord said to me, “From the north(A) disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.

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Raise the signal(A) to go to Zion!
    Flee for safety without delay!
For I am bringing disaster(B) from the north,(C)
    even terrible destruction.”

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Jerusalem Under Siege

“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
    Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet(A) in Tekoa!(B)
    Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!(C)
For disaster looms out of the north,(D)
    even terrible destruction.

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22 This is what the Lord says:

“Look, an army is coming
    from the land of the north;(A)
a great nation is being stirred up
    from the ends of the earth.(B)

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22 Listen! The report is coming—
    a great commotion from the land of the north!(A)
It will make the towns of Judah desolate,(B)
    a haunt of jackals.(C)

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20 Look up and see
    those who are coming from the north.(A)
Where is the flock(B) that was entrusted to you,
    the sheep of which you boasted?

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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.

20 “Egypt is a beautiful heifer,
    but a gadfly is coming
    against her from the north.(A)

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24 Daughter Egypt will be put to shame,
    given into the hands of the people of the north.(A)

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This is what the Lord says:

“See how the waters are rising in the north;(A)
    they will become an overflowing torrent.
They will overflow the land and everything in it,
    the towns and those who live in them.
The people will cry out;
    all who dwell in the land will wail(B)

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41 “Look! An army is coming from the north;(A)
    a great nation and many kings
    are being stirred(B) up from the ends of the earth.(C)

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30 “All the princes of the north(A) and all the Sidonians(B) are there; they went down with the slain in disgrace despite the terror caused by their power. They lie uncircumcised(C) with those killed by the sword and bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.(D)

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