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14 Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Hosts says to his prophets: Because of talk like this, I’ll take your words and prophecies and turn them into raging fire and burn up these people like kindling wood. 15 See, I will bring a distant nation against you, O Israel, says the Lord. It is a mighty nation, an ancient nation[a] whose language you don’t understand. 16 Their weapons are deadly; the men are all mighty.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 5:15 an ancient nation. The kingdom of Babylonia, being revived in Jeremiah’s time (around 626 b.c.) had a long and illustrious history. The old Babylonian Empire lasted from about 1900 b.c.–1550 b.c. (the days of the Hebrew patriarchs), and earlier kingdoms had ruled on Babylonian soil as early as 3000 b.c.

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