Jeremiah 50The Message (MSG)
Get Out of Babylon as Fast as You Can
50 1-3 The Message of God through the prophet Jeremiah on Babylon, land of the Chaldeans:
“Get the word out to the nations! Preach it!
4-5 “In those days, at that time”—God’s Decree—
6-7 “My people were lost sheep.
8-10 “But now, get out of Babylon as fast as you can.
11-16 “You Babylonians had a good time while it lasted, didn’t you?
17 “Israel is a scattered flock,
18-20 And now this is what God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
21 “Attack Merathaim, land of rebels!
22-24 “The thunderclap of battle
25-28 “I, God, opened my arsenal.
29-30 “Call in the troops against Babylon,
31-32 “Do you get it, Mister Pride? I’m your enemy!”
33-34 And here’s more from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“The people of Israel are beaten down,
35-40 “It’s all-out war in Babylon”—God’s Decree—
41-43 “And now, watch this! People pouring
44 “And now watch this: Like a lion coming up
45-46 So, listen to this plan that God has worked out against Babylon, the blueprint of what he’s prepared for dealing with Chaldea:
Believe it or not, the young,
Jeremiah 51The Message (MSG)
51 1-5 There’s more. God says more:
6-8 “Get out of Babylon as fast as you can.
9 “We did our best, but she can’t be helped.
Your Lifeline Is Cut
10 “God has set everything right for us.
11-13 “Sharpen the arrows!
14 God-of-the-Angel-Armies has solemnly sworn:
15-19 By his power he made earth.
They’ll Sleep and Never Wake Up
20-23 God says, “You, Babylon, are my hammer,
24 “Judeans, you’ll see it with your own eyes. I’ll pay Babylon and all the Chaldeans back for all the evil they did in Zion.” God’s Decree.
25-26 “I’m your enemy, Babylon, Mount Destroyer,
27-28 “Raise the signal in the land,
29-33 “The very land trembles in terror, writhes in pain,
34-37 “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
38-40 “The Babylonians will be like lions and their cubs,
41-48 “Babylon is finished—
Remember God in Your Long and Distant Exile
49-50 “Babylon must fall—
51 How we’ve been humiliated, taunted and abused,
52-53 “I know, but trust me: The time is coming”
54-56 “But now listen! Do you hear it? A cry out of Babylon!
57 “I’ll get them drunk, the whole lot of them—
58 God-of-the-Angel-Armies speaks:
“The city walls of Babylon—those massive walls!—
59 Jeremiah the prophet gave a job to Seraiah son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when Seraiah went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon. It was in the fourth year of Zedekiah’s reign. Seraiah was in charge of travel arrangements.
60-62 Jeremiah had written down in a little booklet all the bad things that would come down on Babylon. He told Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, read this out in public. Read, ‘You, O God, said that you would destroy this place so that nothing could live here, neither human nor animal—a wasteland to top all wastelands, an eternal nothing.’
63-64 “When you’ve finished reading the page, tie a stone to it, throw it into the River Euphrates, and watch it sink. Then say, ‘That’s how Babylon will sink to the bottom and stay there after the disaster I’m going to bring upon her.’”
3 JohnThe Message (MSG)
1-4 The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!
Model the Good
5-8 Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. They’ve made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth.
9-10 Earlier I wrote something along this line to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves being in charge, denigrates my counsel. If I come, you can be sure I’ll hold him to account for spreading vicious rumors about us.
As if that weren’t bad enough, he not only refuses hospitality to traveling Christians but tries to stop others from welcoming them. Worse yet, instead of inviting them in he throws them out.
11 Friend, don’t go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God’s work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn’t know the first thing about God.
12 Everyone has a good word for Demetrius—the Truth itself stands up for Demetrius! We concur, and you know we don’t hand out endorsements lightly.
13-14 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.
Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.