New International Version
A Message About Babylon(A)
2 “Announce and proclaim(C) among the nations,
lift up a banner(D) and proclaim it;
keep nothing back, but say,
‘Babylon will be captured;(E)
Bel(F) will be put to shame,(G)
Marduk(H) filled with terror.
Her images will be put to shame
and her idols(I) filled with terror.’
3 A nation from the north(J) will attack her
and lay waste her land.
No one will live(K) in it;
both people and animals(L) will flee away.
4 “In those days, at that time,”
declares the Lord,
“the people of Israel and the people of Judah together(M)
will go in tears(N) to seek(O) the Lord their God.
5 They will ask the way(P) to Zion
and turn their faces toward it.
They will come(Q) and bind themselves to the Lord
in an everlasting covenant(R)
that will not be forgotten.
6 “My people have been lost sheep;(S)
their shepherds(T) have led them astray(U)
and caused them to roam on the mountains.
They wandered over mountain and hill(V)
and forgot their own resting place.(W)
7 Whoever found them devoured(X) them;
their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty,(Y)
for they sinned against the Lord, their verdant pasture,
the Lord, the hope(Z) of their ancestors.’
8 “Flee(AA) out of Babylon;(AB)
leave the land of the Babylonians,
and be like the goats that lead the flock.
9 For I will stir(AC) up and bring against Babylon
an alliance of great nations(AD) from the land of the north.(AE)
They will take up their positions against her,
and from the north she will be captured.(AF)
Their arrows(AG) will be like skilled warriors
who do not return empty-handed.
10 So Babylonia[b] will be plundered;(AH)
all who plunder her will have their fill,”
declares the Lord.
11 “Because you rejoice and are glad,
you who pillage my inheritance,(AI)
because you frolic like a heifer(AJ) threshing grain
and neigh like stallions,
12 your mother will be greatly ashamed;
she who gave you birth will be disgraced.(AK)
She will be the least of the nations—
a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.(AL)
13 Because of the Lord’s anger she will not be inhabited
but will be completely desolate.(AM)
All who pass Babylon will be appalled;(AN)
they will scoff(AO) because of all her wounds.(AP)
14 “Take up your positions around Babylon,
all you who draw the bow.(AQ)
Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,(AR)
for she has sinned against the Lord.
15 Shout(AS) against her on every side!
She surrenders, her towers fall,
her walls(AT) are torn down.
Since this is the vengeance(AU) of the Lord,
take vengeance on her;
do to her(AV) as she has done to others.(AW)
16 Cut off from Babylon the sower,
and the reaper with his sickle at harvest.
Because of the sword(AX) of the oppressor
let everyone return to their own people,(AY)
let everyone flee to their own land.(AZ)
17 “Israel is a scattered flock(BA)
that lions(BB) have chased away.
The first to devour(BC) them
was the king(BD) of Assyria;
the last to crush their bones(BE)
was Nebuchadnezzar(BF) king(BG) 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(BH) of Assyria.(BI)
19 But I will bring(BJ) Israel back to their own pasture,
and they will graze on Carmel and Bashan;
their appetite will be satisfied(BK)
on the hills(BL) of Ephraim and Gilead.(BM)
20 In those days, at that time,”
declares the Lord,
“search will be made for Israel’s guilt,
but there will be none,(BN)
and for the sins(BO) of Judah,
but none will be found,
for I will forgive(BP) the remnant(BQ) I spare.
21 “Attack the land of Merathaim
and those who live in Pekod.(BR)
Pursue, kill and completely destroy[c] them,”
declares the Lord.
“Do everything I have commanded you.
22 The noise(BS) of battle is in the land,
the noise of great destruction!
23 How broken and shattered
is the hammer(BT) of the whole earth!(BU)
How desolate(BV) is Babylon
among the nations!
24 I set a trap(BW) for you, Babylon,
and you were caught before you knew it;
you were found and captured(BX)
because you opposed(BY) the Lord.
25 The Lord has opened his arsenal
and brought out the weapons(BZ) of his wrath,
for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do
in the land of the Babylonians.(CA)
26 Come against her from afar.(CB)
Break open her granaries;
pile her up like heaps of grain.(CC)
Completely destroy(CD) her
and leave her no remnant.
27 Kill all her young bulls;(CE)
let them go down to the slaughter!(CF)
Woe to them! For their day(CG) has come,
the time(CH) for them to be punished.
28 Listen to the fugitives(CI) and refugees from Babylon
declaring in Zion(CJ)
how the Lord our God has taken vengeance,(CK)
vengeance for his temple.(CL)
29 “Summon archers against Babylon,
all those who draw the bow.(CM)
Encamp all around her;
let no one escape.(CN)
Repay(CO) her for her deeds;(CP)
do to her as she has done.
For she has defied(CQ) the Lord,
the Holy One(CR) of Israel.
30 Therefore, her young men(CS) will fall in the streets;
all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,”
declares the Lord.
31 “See, I am against(CT) you, you arrogant one,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
“for your day(CU) has come,
the time for you to be punished.
32 The arrogant(CV) one will stumble and fall(CW)
and no one will help her up;(CX)
I will kindle a fire(CY) in her towns
that will consume all who are around her.”
33 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“The people of Israel are oppressed,(CZ)
and the people of Judah as well.
All their captors hold them fast,
refusing to let them go.(DA)
34 Yet their Redeemer(DB) is strong;
the Lord Almighty(DC) is his name.
He will vigorously defend their cause(DD)
so that he may bring rest(DE) to their land,
but unrest to those who live in Babylon.
35 “A sword(DF) against the Babylonians!”(DG)
declares the Lord—
“against those who live in Babylon
and against her officials and wise(DH) men!
36 A sword against her false prophets!
They will become fools.
A sword against her warriors!(DI)
They will be filled with terror.(DJ)
37 A sword against her horses and chariots(DK)
and all the foreigners in her ranks!
They will become weaklings.(DL)
A sword against her treasures!(DM)
They will be plundered.
38 A drought on[d] her waters!(DN)
They will dry(DO) up.
For it is a land of idols,(DP)
idols that will go mad with terror.
39 “So desert creatures(DQ) and hyenas will live there,
and there the owl will dwell.
It will never again be inhabited
or lived in from generation to generation.(DR)
40 As I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah(DS)
along with their neighboring towns,”
declares the Lord,
“so no one will live there;
no people will dwell in it.(DT)
41 “Look! An army is coming from the north;(DU)
a great nation and many kings
are being stirred(DV) up from the ends of the earth.(DW)
42 They are armed with bows(DX) and spears;
they are cruel(DY) and without mercy.(DZ)
They sound like the roaring sea(EA)
as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
to attack you, Daughter Babylon.(EB)
43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
and his hands hang limp.(EC)
Anguish has gripped him,
pain like that of a woman in labor.(ED)
44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets(EE)
to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant.
Who is the chosen(EF) one I will appoint for this?
Who is like me and who can challenge me?(EG)
And what shepherd can stand against me?”
45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon,
what he has purposed(EH) against the land of the Babylonians:(EI)
The young of the flock will be dragged away;
their pasture will be appalled at their fate.
46 At the sound of Babylon’s capture the earth will tremble;(EJ)
its cry(EK) will resound among the nations.
51 This is what the Lord says:
“See, I will stir(EL) up the spirit of a destroyer
against Babylon(EM) and the people of Leb Kamai.[e]
2 I will send foreigners(EN) to Babylon
to winnow(EO) her and to devastate her land;
they will oppose her on every side
in the day(EP) of her disaster.
3 Let not the archer string his bow,(EQ)
nor let him put on his armor.(ER)
Do not spare her young men;
completely destroy[f] her army.
4 They will fall(ES) down slain in Babylon,[g]
fatally wounded in her streets.(ET)
5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken(EU)
by their God, the Lord Almighty,
though their land[h] is full of guilt(EV)
before the Holy One of Israel.
6 “Flee(EW) from Babylon!
Run for your lives!
Do not be destroyed because of her sins.(EX)
It is time(EY) for the Lord’s vengeance;(EZ)
he will repay(FA) her what she deserves.
7 Babylon was a gold cup(FB) in the Lord’s hand;
she made the whole earth drunk.
The nations drank her wine;
therefore they have now gone mad.
8 Babylon will suddenly fall(FC) and be broken.
Wail over her!
Get balm(FD) for her pain;
perhaps she can be healed.
11 “Sharpen the arrows,(FI)
take up the shields!(FJ)
The Lord has stirred up the kings(FK) of the Medes,(FL)
because his purpose(FM) is to destroy Babylon.
The Lord will take vengeance,(FN)
vengeance for his temple.(FO)
12 Lift up a banner(FP) against the walls of Babylon!
Reinforce the guard,
station the watchmen,(FQ)
prepare an ambush!(FR)
The Lord will carry out his purpose,(FS)
his decree against the people of Babylon.
13 You who live by many waters(FT)
and are rich in treasures,(FU)
your end has come,
the time for you to be destroyed.(FV)
14 The Lord Almighty has sworn by himself:(FW)
I will surely fill you with troops, as with a swarm of locusts,(FX)
and they will shout(FY) in triumph over you.
15 “He made the earth by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom(FZ)
and stretched(GA) out the heavens by his understanding.(GB)
16 When he thunders,(GC) the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain(GD)
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.(GE)
17 “Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;(GF)
they have no breath in them.
18 They are worthless,(GG) the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.
19 He who is the Portion(GH) of Jacob is not like these,
for he is the Maker of all things,
including the people of his inheritance(GI)—
the Lord Almighty is his name.
20 “You are my war club,(GJ)
my weapon for battle—
with you I shatter(GK) nations,(GL)
with you I destroy kingdoms,
21 with you I shatter horse and rider,(GM)
with you I shatter chariot(GN) and driver,
22 with you I shatter man and woman,
with you I shatter old man and youth,
with you I shatter young man and young woman,(GO)
23 with you I shatter shepherd and flock,
with you I shatter farmer and oxen,
with you I shatter governors and officials.(GP)
25 “I am against(GS) you, you destroying mountain,
you who destroy the whole earth,”(GT)
declares the Lord.
“I will stretch out my hand(GU) against you,
roll you off the cliffs,
and make you a burned-out mountain.(GV)
26 No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone,
nor any stone for a foundation,
for you will be desolate(GW) forever,”
declares the Lord.
27 “Lift up a banner(GX) in the land!
Blow the trumpet among the nations!
Prepare the nations for battle against her;
summon against her these kingdoms:(GY)
Ararat,(GZ) Minni and Ashkenaz.(HA)
Appoint a commander against her;
send up horses like a swarm of locusts.(HB)
28 Prepare the nations for battle against her—
the kings of the Medes,(HC)
their governors and all their officials,
and all the countries they rule.(HD)
29 The land trembles(HE) and writhes,
for the Lord’s purposes(HF) against Babylon stand—
to lay waste(HG) the land of Babylon
so that no one will live there.(HH)
30 Babylon’s warriors(HI) have stopped fighting;
they remain in their strongholds.
Their strength is exhausted;
they have become weaklings.(HJ)
Her dwellings are set on fire;(HK)
the bars(HL) of her gates are broken.
31 One courier(HM) follows another
and messenger follows messenger
to announce to the king of Babylon
that his entire city is captured,(HN)
32 the river crossings seized,
the marshes set on fire,(HO)
and the soldiers terrified.(HP)”
33 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
34 “Nebuchadnezzar(HU) king of Babylon has devoured(HV) us,(HW)
he has thrown us into confusion,
he has made us an empty jar.
Like a serpent he has swallowed us
and filled his stomach with our delicacies,
and then has spewed(HX) us out.
35 May the violence(HY) done to our flesh[j] be on Babylon,”
say the inhabitants of Zion.
“May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia,”
36 Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“See, I will defend your cause(IA)
and avenge(IB) you;
I will dry up(IC) her sea
and make her springs dry.
37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins,
a haunt(ID) of jackals,
an object of horror and scorn,(IE)
a place where no one lives.(IF)
38 Her people all roar like young lions,(IG)
they growl like lion cubs.
39 But while they are aroused,
I will set out a feast for them
and make them drunk,(IH)
so that they shout with laughter—
then sleep forever(II) and not awake,”
declares the Lord.(IJ)
40 “I will bring them down
like lambs to the slaughter,
like rams and goats.(IK)
41 “How Sheshak[k](IL) will be captured,(IM)
the boast of the whole earth seized!
How desolate(IN) Babylon will be
among the nations!
42 The sea will rise over Babylon;
its roaring waves(IO) will cover her.
43 Her towns will be desolate,
a dry and desert(IP) land,
a land where no one lives,
through which no one travels.(IQ)
44 I will punish Bel(IR) in Babylon
and make him spew out(IS) what he has swallowed.
The nations will no longer stream to him.
And the wall(IT) of Babylon will fall.
45 “Come out(IU) of her, my people!
Run(IV) for your lives!
Run from the fierce anger(IW) of the Lord.
46 Do not lose heart(IX) or be afraid(IY)
when rumors(IZ) are heard in the land;
one rumor comes this year, another the next,
rumors of violence in the land
and of ruler against ruler.
47 For the time will surely come
when I will punish the idols(JA) of Babylon;
her whole land will be disgraced(JB)
and her slain will all lie fallen within her.(JC)
48 Then heaven and earth and all that is in them
will shout(JD) for joy over Babylon,
for out of the north(JE)
destroyers(JF) will attack her,”
declares the Lord.
49 “Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain,
just as the slain in all the earth
have fallen because of Babylon.(JG)
50 You who have escaped the sword,
leave(JH) and do not linger!
Remember(JI) the Lord in a distant land,(JJ)
and call to mind Jerusalem.”
52 “But days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will punish her idols,(JM)
and throughout her land
the wounded will groan.(JN)
53 Even if Babylon ascends to the heavens(JO)
and fortifies her lofty stronghold,
I will send destroyers(JP) against her,”
declares the Lord.
54 “The sound of a cry(JQ) comes from Babylon,
the sound of great destruction(JR)
from the land of the Babylonians.[l]
55 The Lord will destroy Babylon;
he will silence(JS) her noisy din.
Waves(JT) of enemies will rage like great waters;
the roar of their voices will resound.
56 A destroyer(JU) will come against Babylon;
her warriors will be captured,
and their bows will be broken.(JV)
For the Lord is a God of retribution;
he will repay(JW) in full.
57 I will make her officials(JX) and wise(JY) men drunk,(JZ)
her governors, officers and warriors as well;
they will sleep(KA) forever and not awake,”
declares the King,(KB) whose name is the Lord Almighty.
58 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
59 This is the message Jeremiah the prophet gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,(KH) the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah(KI) king of Judah in the fourth(KJ) year of his reign. 60 Jeremiah had written on a scroll(KK) about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon—all that had been recorded concerning Babylon. 61 He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud. 62 Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolate(KL) forever.’ 63 When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.(KM) 64 Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more(KN) because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people(KO) will fall.’”(KP)
The words of Jeremiah end(KQ) here.
52 Zedekiah(KU) was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.(KV) 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as Jehoiakim(KW) had done. 3 It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah,(KX) and in the end he thrust them from his presence.(KY)
Now Zedekiah rebelled(KZ) against the king of Babylon.
4 So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth(LA) day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem(LB) with his whole army. They encamped outside the city and built siege works(LC) all around it.(LD) 5 The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
6 By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.(LE) 7 Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled.(LF) They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babylonians[m] were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,[n] 8 but the Babylonian[o] army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, 9 and he was captured.(LG)
He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah(LH) in the land of Hamath,(LI) where he pronounced sentence on him. 10 There at Riblah the king of Babylon killed the sons(LJ) of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah. 11 Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.(LK)
12 On the tenth day of the fifth(LL) month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan(LM) commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 13 He set fire(LN) to the temple(LO) of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses(LP) of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. 14 The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down all the walls(LQ) around Jerusalem. 15 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile(LR) some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmen[p] and those who had deserted(LS) to the king of Babylon. 16 But Nebuzaradan left behind(LT) the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
17 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,(LU) the movable stands(LV) and the bronze Sea(LW) that were at the temple of the Lord and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.(LX) 18 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls,(LY) dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service.(LZ) 19 The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers,(MA) sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands,(MB) dishes(MC) and bowls used for drink offerings(MD)—all that were made of pure gold or silver.(ME)
20 The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls(MF) under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed.(MG) 21 Each pillar was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference[q]; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.(MH) 22 The bronze capital(MI) on top of one pillar was five cubits[r] high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates(MJ) of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar. 23 There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates(MK) above the surrounding network was a hundred.(ML)
24 The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah(MM) the chief priest, Zephaniah(MN) the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.(MO) 25 Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary(MP) who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land, sixty of whom were found in the city. 26 Nebuzaradan(MQ) the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27 There at Riblah,(MR) in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.
in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews;
29 in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth year,
832 people from Jerusalem;
30 in his twenty-third year,
745 Jews taken into exile(MU) by Nebuzaradan the commander of the imperial guard.
There were 4,600 people in all.(MV)
31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin(MX) king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison. 32 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 33 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table.(MY) 34 Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance(MZ) as long as he lived, till the day of his death.
- Jeremiah 50:1 Or Chaldeans; also in verses 8, 25, 35 and 45
- Jeremiah 50:10 Or Chaldea
- Jeremiah 50:21 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 26.
- Jeremiah 50:38 Or A sword against
- Jeremiah 51:1 Leb Kamai is a cryptogram for Chaldea, that is, Babylonia.
- Jeremiah 51:3 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
- Jeremiah 51:4 Or Chaldea
- Jeremiah 51:5 Or Almighty, / and the land of the Babylonians
- Jeremiah 51:24 Or Chaldea; also in verse 35
- Jeremiah 51:35 Or done to us and to our children
- Jeremiah 51:41 Sheshak is a cryptogram for Babylon.
- Jeremiah 51:54 Or Chaldeans
- Jeremiah 52:7 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 17
- Jeremiah 52:7 Or the Jordan Valley
- Jeremiah 52:8 Or Chaldean; also in verse 14
- Jeremiah 52:15 Or the populace
- Jeremiah 52:21 That is, about 27 feet high and 18 feet in circumference or about 8.1 meters high and 5.4 meters in circumference
- Jeremiah 52:22 That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters