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33 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“The people of Israel are oppressed,(A)
and the people of Judah as well.
All their captors hold them fast,
refusing to let them go.(B)
34 Yet their Redeemer(C) is strong;
the Lord Almighty(D) is his name.
He will vigorously defend their cause(E)
so that he may bring rest(F) to their land,
but unrest to those who live in Babylon.
35 “A sword(G) against the Babylonians!”(H)
declares the Lord—
“against those who live in Babylon
and against her officials and wise(I) men!
36 A sword against her false prophets!
They will become fools.
A sword against her warriors!(J)
They will be filled with terror.(K)
37 A sword against her horses and chariots(L)
and all the foreigners in her ranks!
They will become weaklings.(M)
A sword against her treasures!(N)
They will be plundered.
38 A drought on[a] her waters!(O)
They will dry(P) up.
For it is a land of idols,(Q)
idols that will go mad with terror.
39 “So desert creatures(R) and hyenas will live there,
and there the owl will dwell.
It will never again be inhabited
or lived in from generation to generation.(S)
40 As I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah(T)
along with their neighboring towns,”
declares the Lord,
“so no one will live there;
no people will dwell in it.(U)
41 “Look! An army is coming from the north;(V)
a great nation and many kings
are being stirred(W) up from the ends of the earth.(X)
42 They are armed with bows(Y) and spears;
they are cruel(Z) and without mercy.(AA)
They sound like the roaring sea(AB)
as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
to attack you, Daughter Babylon.(AC)
43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
and his hands hang limp.(AD)
Anguish has gripped him,
pain like that of a woman in labor.(AE)
44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets(AF)
to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant.
Who is the chosen(AG) one I will appoint for this?
Who is like me and who can challenge me?(AH)
And what shepherd can stand against me?”
45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon,
what he has purposed(AI) against the land of the Babylonians:(AJ)
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;(AK)
its cry(AL) will resound among the nations.
- Jeremiah 50:38 Or A sword against