16 “Cut off the (A)sower from Babylon
And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest;
From before [a]the (B)sword of the oppressor
(C)They will each turn back to his own people
And they will each flee to his own land.

17 “Israel is a (D)scattered [b]flock, the (E)lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the (F)king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is (G)Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. 18 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I (H)punished the king of Assyria.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 50:16 Or the oppressing sword
  2. Jeremiah 50:17 Lit sheep

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