22 Thus says the Lord:
(A)“Behold, a people is coming (B)from the north country,
    a great nation is stirring from (C)the farthest parts of the earth.

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41 (A)“Behold, a people comes from the north;
    a mighty nation and many kings
    are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth.
42 They lay hold of bow and spear;
    they are cruel and have no mercy.
The sound of them is like the roaring of the sea;
    they ride on horses,
arrayed as a man for battle
    against you, O daughter of Babylon!

43 “The king of Babylon heard the report of them,
    and his hands fell helpless;
anguish seized him,
    pain as of a woman in labor.

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22 A voice, a rumor! Behold, it comes!—
    (A)a great commotion out of the north country
to make (B)the cities of Judah a desolation,
    (C)a lair of jackals.

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(A)behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the Lord, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, (B)my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, (C)and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation.

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Impending Disaster for Jerusalem

Flee for safety, (A)O people of Benjamin,
    from the midst of Jerusalem!
Blow the trumpet in (B)Tekoa,
    and raise a signal on (C)Beth-haccherem,
for disaster looms (D)out of the north,
    and great destruction.

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15 (A)Behold, I am bringing against you
    a nation from afar, O house of Israel,
declares the Lord.
It is an enduring nation;
    it is an ancient nation,
a nation whose language you do not know,
    (B)nor can you understand what they say.

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14 Then the Lord said to me, (A)“Out of the north disaster[a] shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For behold, (B)I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the Lord, (C)and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 1:14 The Hebrew word can mean evil, harm, or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jeremiah

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