Jeremiah 50-51 New King James Version (NKJV)
Judgment on Babylon and Babylonia
50 The word that the Lord spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
2 “Declare among the nations,
4 “In those days and in that time,” says the Lord,
6 “My people have been lost sheep.
8 “Move from the midst of Babylon,
11 “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced,
14 “Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
17 “Israel is like scattered sheep;
18 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
“Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land,
21 “Go up against the land of Merathaim, against it,
29 “Call together the archers against Babylon.
33 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“The children of Israel were oppressed,
35 “A sword is against the Chaldeans,” says the Lord,
39 “Therefore the wild desert beasts shall dwell there with the jackals,
41 “Behold, a people shall come from the north,
43 “The king of Babylon has heard the report about them,
44 “Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the [k]floodplain of the Jordan
45 Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord that He has taken against Babylon,
The Utter Destruction of Babylon
51 Thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will raise up against Babylon,
6 Flee from the midst of Babylon,
9 We would have healed Babylon,
11 Make[m] the arrows bright!
15 He has made the earth by His power;
17 Everyone is dull-hearted, without knowledge;
20 “You are My battle-ax and weapons of war:
24 “And I will repay Babylon
25 “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,
27 Set up a banner in the land,
33 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
“The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor
34 “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon
36 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance for you.
41 “Oh, how Sheshach[n] is taken!
45 “My people, go out of the midst of her!
49 As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall,
51 We are ashamed because we have heard reproach.
52 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
54 The sound of a cry comes from Babylon,
57 “And I will make drunk
58 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken,[s]
Jeremiah’s Command to Seraiah
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And Seraiah was the quartermaster. 60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that would come upon Babylon, all these words that are written against Babylon. 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “When you arrive in Babylon and see it, and read all these words, 62 then you shall say, ‘O Lord, You have spoken against this place to cut it off, so that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but it shall be desolate forever.’ 63 Now it shall be, when you have finished reading this book, that you shall tie a stone to it and throw it out into the Euphrates. 64 Then you shall say, ‘Thus Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary.’ ”
Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
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