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Jeremiah 50 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Judgment on Babylon and Babylonia
Prophecy Against Babylon and Babylonia
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:1 - The word that the LORD spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:2 - “Declare among the nations,
Proclaim, and set up a standard;
Proclaim—do not conceal it
Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed.
Merodach[fn] is broken in pieces;
Her idols are humiliated,
Her images are broken in pieces.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:3 - For out of the north a nation comes up against her,
Which shall make her land desolate,
And no one shall dwell therein.
They shall move, they shall depart,
Both man and beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:4 - “In those days and in that time,” says the LORD,
“The children of Israel shall come,
They and the children of Judah together;
With continual weeping they shall come,
And seek the LORD their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:5 - They shall ask the way to Zion,
With their faces toward it, saying,
‘Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD
In a perpetual covenant
That will not be forgotten.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:6 - “My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray;
They have turned them away on the mountains.
They have gone from mountain to hill;
They have forgotten their resting place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:7 - All who found them have devoured them;
And their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended,
Because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice,
The LORD, the hope of their fathers.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:8 - “Move from the midst of Babylon,
Go out of the land of the Chaldeans;
And be like the rams before the flocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:9 - For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon
An assembly of great nations from the north country,
And they shall array themselves against her;
From there she shall be captured.
Their arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior;[fn]
None shall return in vain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:10 - And Chaldea shall become plunder;
All who plunder her shall be satisfied,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:11 - “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced,
You destroyers of My heritage,
Because you have grown fat like a heifer threshing grain,
And you bellow like bulls,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:12 - Your mother shall be deeply ashamed;
She who bore you shall be ashamed.
Behold, the least of the nations shall be a wilderness,
A dry land and a desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:13 - Because of the wrath of the LORD
She shall not be inhabited,
But she shall be wholly desolate.
Everyone who goes by Babylon shall be horrified
And hiss at all her plagues.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:14 - “Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
All you who bend the bow;
Shoot at her, spare no arrows,
For she has sinned against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:15 - Shout against her all around;
She has given her hand,
Her foundations have fallen,
Her walls are thrown down;
For it is the vengeance of the LORD.
Take vengeance on her.
As she has done, so do to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:16 - Cut off the sower from Babylon,
And him who handles the sickle at harvest time.
For fear of the oppressing sword
Everyone shall turn to his own people,
And everyone shall flee to his own land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:17 - “Israel is like scattered sheep;
The lions have driven him away.
First the king of Assyria devoured him;
Now at last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:18 - Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

“Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land,
As I have punished the king of Assyria.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:19 - But I will bring back Israel to his home,
And he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan;
His soul shall be satisfied on Mount Ephraim and Gilead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:20 - In those days and in that time,” says the LORD,
“The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none;
And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found;
For I will pardon those whom I preserve.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:21 - “Go up against the land of Merathaim, against it,
And against the inhabitants of Pekod.
Waste and utterly destroy them,” says the LORD,
“And do according to all that I have commanded you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:22 - A sound of battle is in the land,
And of great destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:23 - How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken!
How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:24 - I have laid a snare for you;
You have indeed been trapped, O Babylon,
And you were not aware;
You have been found and also caught,
Because you have contended against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:25 - The LORD has opened His armory,
And has brought out the weapons of His indignation;
For this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts
In the land of the Chaldeans.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:26 - Come against her from the farthest border;
Open her storehouses;
Cast her up as heaps of ruins,
And destroy her utterly;
Let nothing of her be left.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:27 - Slay all her bulls,
Let them go down to the slaughter.
Woe to them!
For their day has come, the time of their punishment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:28 - The voice of those who flee and escape from the land of Babylon
Declares in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God,
The vengeance of His temple.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:29 - “Call together the archers against Babylon.
All you who bend the bow, encamp against it all around;
Let none of them escape.[fn]
Repay her according to her work;
According to all she has done, do to her;
For she has been proud against the LORD,
Against the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:30 - Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets,
And all her men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:31 - “Behold, I am against you,
O most haughty one!” says the Lord GOD of hosts;
“For your day has come,
The time that I will punish you.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:32 - The most proud shall stumble and fall,
And no one will raise him up;
I will kindle a fire in his cities,
And it will devour all around him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:33 - Thus says the LORD of hosts:

“The children of Israel were oppressed,
Along with the children of Judah;
All who took them captive have held them fast;
They have refused to let them go.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:34 - Their Redeemer is strong;
The LORD of hosts is His name.
He will thoroughly plead their case,
That He may give rest to the land,
And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:35 - “A sword is against the Chaldeans,” says the LORD,
“Against the inhabitants of Babylon,
And against her princes and her wise men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:36 - A sword is against the soothsayers, and they will be fools.
A sword is against her mighty men, and they will be dismayed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:37 - A sword is against their horses,
Against their chariots,
And against all the mixed peoples who are in her midst;
And they will become like women.
A sword is against her treasures, and they will be robbed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:38 - A drought[fn] is against her waters, and they will be dried up.
For it is the land of carved images,
And they are insane with their idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:39 - “Therefore the wild desert beasts shall dwell there with the jackals,
And the ostriches shall dwell in it.
It shall be inhabited no more forever,
Nor shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:40 - As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah
And their neighbors,” says the LORD,
So no one shall reside there,
Nor son of man dwell in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:41 - “Behold, a people shall come from the north,
And a great nation and many kings
Shall be raised up from the ends of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:42 - They shall hold the bow and the lance;
They are cruel and shall not show mercy.
Their voice shall roar like the sea;
They shall ride on horses,
Set in array, like a man for the battle,
Against you, O daughter of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:43 - “The king of Babylon has heard the report about them,
And his hands grow feeble;
Anguish has taken hold of him,
Pangs as of a woman in childbirth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:44 - “Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the floodplain[fn] of the Jordan
Against the dwelling place of the strong;
But I will make them suddenly run away from her.
And who is a chosen man that I may appoint over her?
For who is like Me?
Who will arraign Me?
And who is that shepherd
Who will withstand Me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:45 - Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD that He has taken against Babylon,
And His purposes that He has proposed against the land of the Chaldeans:
Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out;
Surely He will make their dwelling place desolate with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 50:46 - At the noise of the taking of Babylon
The earth trembles,
And the cry is heard among the nations.
NKJV Footnotes
A Babylonian god; sometimes spelled Marduk
Following some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, and Syriac; Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate read a warrior who makes childless.
Qere, some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, and Targum add to her.
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint and Vulgate read The time of your punishment.
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Syriac reads sword; Septuagint omits A drought is.
Or thicket

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