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Jeremiah 50:16-18 Common English Bible (CEB)

16 Cut Babylon off from those who plant
    and those who harvest the crops,
        because of its ruthless sword.[a]
Now return, all of you, to your people;
    flee to your homeland!

17 Israelites are scattered sheep,
    driven away by lions.
First the king of Assyria devoured them,
    and now Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar has ravaged them.[b]

18 Therefore, the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims:

I’m going to punish the king of Babylon and his land,
    just as I punished the king of Assyria.


  1. Jeremiah 50:16 Heb uncertain
  2. Jeremiah 50:17 Or gnawed their bones
Common English Bible (CEB)

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Jeremiah 50:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

16 Cut off from Babylon the sower,
    and the reaper with his sickle at harvest.
Because of the sword of the oppressor
    let everyone return to their own people,
    let everyone flee to their own land.

17 “Israel is a scattered flock
    that lions have chased away.
The first to devour them
    was the king of Assyria;
the last to crush their bones
    was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.”

18 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

“I will punish the king of Babylon and his land
    as I punished the king of Assyria.

New International Version (NIV)

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