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Jeremiah 46 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Messages for the Nations
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:1 - The following messages were given to Jeremiah the prophet from the LORD concerning foreign nations.
Messages about Egypt
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:2 - This message concerning Egypt was given in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, the king of Judah, on the occasion of the battle of Carchemish[fn] when Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, and his army were defeated beside the Euphrates River by King Nebuchadnezzar[fn] of Babylon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:3 - “Prepare your shields,
and advance into battle!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:4 - Harness the horses,
and mount the stallions.
Take your positions.
Put on your helmets.
Sharpen your spears,
and prepare your armor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:5 - But what do I see?
The Egyptian army flees in terror.
The bravest of its fighting men run
without a backward glance.
They are terrorized at every turn,”
says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:6 - “The swiftest runners cannot flee;
the mightiest warriors cannot escape.
By the Euphrates River to the north,
they stumble and fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:7 - “Who is this, rising like the Nile at floodtime,
overflowing all the land?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:8 - It is the Egyptian army,
overflowing all the land,
boasting that it will cover the earth like a flood,
destroying cities and their people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:9 - Charge, you horses and chariots;
attack, you mighty warriors of Egypt!
Come, all you allies from Ethiopia, Libya, and Lydia[fn]
who are skilled with the shield and bow!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:10 - For this is the day of the Lord, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,
a day of vengeance on his enemies.
The sword will devour until it is satisfied,
yes, until it is drunk with your blood!
The Lord, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, will receive a sacrifice today
in the north country beside the Euphrates River.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:11 - “Go up to Gilead to get medicine,
O virgin daughter of Egypt!
But your many treatments
will bring you no healing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:12 - The nations have heard of your shame.
The earth is filled with your cries of despair.
Your mightiest warriors will run into each other
and fall down together.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:13 - Then the LORD gave the prophet Jeremiah this message about King Nebuchadnezzar’s plans to attack Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:14 - “Shout it out in Egypt!
Publish it in the cities of Migdol, Memphis,[fn] and Tahpanhes!
Mobilize for battle,
for the sword will devour everyone around you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:15 - Why have your warriors fallen?
They cannot stand, for the LORD has knocked them down.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:16 - They stumble and fall over each other
and say among themselves,
‘Come, let’s go back to our people,
to the land of our birth.
Let’s get away from the sword of the enemy!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:17 - There they will say,
‘Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth
who missed his opportunity!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:18 - “As surely as I live,” says the King,
whose name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,
“one is coming against Egypt
who is as tall as Mount Tabor,
or as Mount Carmel by the sea!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:19 - Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile,
you citizens of Egypt!
The city of Memphis will be destroyed,
without a single inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:20 - Egypt is as sleek as a beautiful young cow,
but a horsefly from the north is on its way!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:21 - Egypt’s mercenaries have become like fattened calves.
They, too, will turn and run,
for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt,
a time of great punishment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:22 - Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away.
The invading army marches in;
they come against her with axes like woodsmen.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:23 - They will cut down her people like trees,” says the LORD,
“for they are more numerous than locusts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:24 - Egypt will be humiliated;
she will be handed over to people from the north.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:25 - The LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes,[fn] and all the other gods of Egypt. I will punish its rulers and Pharaoh, too, and all who trust in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:26 - I will hand them over to those who want them killed—to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army. But afterward the land will recover from the ravages of war. I, the LORD, have spoken!
(cf. Jer 30:10, 11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:27 - “But do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;
do not be dismayed, Israel.
For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
and your children will return from their exile.
Israel[fn] will return to a life of peace and quiet,
and no one will terrorize them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 46:28 - Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
for I am with you,” says the LORD.
“I will completely destroy the nations to which I have exiled you,
but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
I cannot let you go unpunished.”
NLT Footnotes
This event occurred in 605 B.C., during the fourth year of Jehoiakim’s reign (according to the calendar system in which the new year begins in the spring).
Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 46:13, 26.
Hebrew from Cush, Put, and Lud.
Hebrew Noph; also in 46:19.
Hebrew of No.
Hebrew Jacob. See note on 5:20.

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