9 “But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure In spite of your many sorceries, In spite of the great power of your spells.
Jeremiah 50:31-46New American Standard Bible (NASB)
31 “Behold, I am against you, O [a]arrogant one,” Declares the Lord [b]God of hosts, “For your day has come, The time [c]when I will punish you. 32 “The [d]arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set fire to his cities And it will devour all his environs.”
33 Thus says the Lord of hosts, “The sons of Israel are oppressed, And the sons of Judah as well; And all who took them captive have held them fast, They have refused to let them go. 34 “Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name; He will vigorously plead their case So that He may bring rest to [e]the earth, But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon. 35 “A sword against the Chaldeans,” declares the Lord, “And against the inhabitants of Babylon And against her officials and her wise men! 36 “A sword against the oracle priests, and they will become fools! A sword against her mighty men, and they will be [f]shattered! 37 “A sword against [g]their horses and against [h]their chariots And against all the [i]foreigners who are in the midst of her, And they will become women! A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered! 38 “A [j]drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols.
39 “Therefore the desert creatures will live there along with the jackals; The ostriches also will live in it, And it will never again be inhabited Or dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 “As when God overthrew Sodom And Gomorrah with its neighbors,” declares the Lord, “No man will live there, Nor will any son of man reside in it.
41 “Behold, a people is coming from the north, And a great nation and many kings Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth. 42 “They seize their bow and javelin; They are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea; And they ride on horses, Marshalled like a man for the battle Against you, O daughter of Babylon. 43 “The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands hang limp; Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth.
44 “Behold, one will come up like a lion from the [k]thicket of the Jordan to [l]a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is chosen I will appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand before Me?”45 Therefore hear the plan of the Lord which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their [m]pasture desolate because of them.46 At the [n]shout, “Babylon has been seized!” the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations.
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