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Jeremiah 51:11–52:34

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11  eMake bright the arrows; gather fthe shields:

gThe Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of hthe Medes:

For ihis device is against Babylon, to destroy it;

kBecause it is the vengeance of the Lord,

kThe vengeance of his temple.

12  lSet up the standard upon the walls of Babylon,

mMake the watch strong, nset up the watchmen,

Prepare the ambushes:

For the Lord ihath both devised and done

That which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.

13  oO thou that dwellest upon many waters, pabundant in treasures,

Thine end is come, and the measure of qthy covetousness.

14  The Lord of hosts rhath sworn by himself, ssaying,

Surely I will fill thee with men, as with tcaterpillers;

And they shall lift up ua shout against thee.

15  vHe hath made the earth by his power,

He hath established the world by his wisdom,

And hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.

16  When he uttereth his voice, there is a ||multitude of waters in the heavens;

And he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth:

He maketh lightnings with rain,

And bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

17  Every man ||is brutish by his knowledge;

Every founder is confounded by the graven image:

For his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

18  They are vanity, the work of errors:

In the time of their visitation they shall perish.

19  The portion of Jacob is not like them;

For he is the former of all things:

And wIsrael is the rod of his inheritance:

The Lord of hosts is his name.

20  xThou art ymy battle axe and weapons of war:

For ||with thee will I break in pieces the nations,

And with thee will I destroy kingdoms;

21  And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider;

And with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

22  With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman;

And with thee will I break in pieces zold and young;

And with thee will I break in pieces zthe young man and the maid;

23  I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock;

And with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen;

And with thee will I break in pieces acaptains and rulers.

24  bAnd I will render unto Babylon

And to all the inhabitants of Chaldea

cAll their evil that they have done in Zion

In your sight, saith the Lord.

25  Behold, I am against thee, dO destroying mountain, saith the Lord,

Which destroyest all the earth:

And I will stretch out mine hand upon thee,

And roll thee down from the rocks,

And will make thee ea burnt mountain.

26  And they shall not take of thee fa stone for a corner,

Nor a stone for foundations;

But thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the Lord.

27  gSet ye up a standard in the land,

hBlow the trumpet among the nations,

iPrepare kthe nations against her,

Call together against her lthe kingdoms of mArarat, nMinni, and oAshchenaz;

Appoint a pcaptain against her;

Cause the horses to come up as the rough qcaterpillers.

28  iPrepare against her kthe nations with rthe kings of the Medes,

aThe captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof,

And all sthe land of his dominion.

29  And tthe land shall tremble and sorrow:

For uevery purpose of the Lord shall be performed against Babylon,

To make the land of Babylon va desolation

wWithout an inhabitant.

30  The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight,

They have remained in their holds:

Their might hath failed; xthey became as women:

yThey have burned her dwellingplaces;

zaHer bars aare broken.

31  One bpost shall run to meet another,

And one messenger to meet another,

To shew the king of Babylon

That his city is taken cat one end,

32  And that dthe passages eare stopped,

And fthe reeds they have burned with fire,

And the men of war are affrighted.

33  For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;

The daughter of Babylon is glike a threshingfloor,

gh||It is time to thresh her:

Yet a little while, and ithe time of her harvest shall come.

34  Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon jhath devoured me, he hath crushed me,

He hath made me an empty vessel,

kHe hath swallowed me up like la dragon,

He hath filled his belly with my delicates,

mHe hath cast me out.

35  The violence done to me and to my ||flesh be upon Babylon,

Shall the inhabitant of Zion say;

And my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,

Shall Jerusalem say.

36  Therefore thus saith the Lord;

Behold, nI will plead thy cause,

And take vengeance for thee;

And doI will dry up pher sea,

And qmake her springs dry.

37  And Babylon shall become rheaps,

sA dwellingplace for ssdragons,

tAn astonishment, and tan hissing,

uWithout an inhabitant.

38  vThey shall roar together like lions:

They shall ||yell as wlions’ whelps.

39  In their heat xI will make their feasts,

And yzI will make them drunken, that they may rejoice,

yAnd asleep a perpetual sleep,

yAnd not wake, saith the Lord.

40  I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter,

Like rams with bhe goats.

41  How is cSheshach taken!

And how is dthe praise of the whole earth esurprised!

How is Babylon become fan astonishment among the nations!

42  gThe sea is come up upon Babylon:

She is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.

43  Her cities are fa desolation,

hA dry land, and ha wilderness,

iA land wherein no man dwelleth,

Neither doth any son of man pass thereby.

44  And I will punish kBel in Babylon,

And I will bring forth out of his mouth lthat which he hath swallowed up:

And the nations shall not mflow together any more unto him:

Yea, nthe wall of Babylon shall fall.

45  oMy people, go ye out of the midst of her,

And odeliver ye every man his soul

pFrom the fierce anger of the Lord.

46  And ||lest qyour heart faint,

And ye fear for rthe rumour that shall be heard in the land;

A rumour shall both come one year,

And after that in another year shall come a rumour,

And violence in the land, sruler against ruler.

47  Therefore, behold, the days come,

That tI will do judgment upon tuthe graven images of Babylon:

And ther whole land shall be confounded,

And tall her slain shall fall in the midst of her.

48  Then vthe heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon:

For the spoilers wshall come unto her from the north, saith the Lord.

49  ||As Babylon hath caused xthe slain of Israel to fall,

ySo at Babylon shall fall the slain of all ||the earth.

50  zYe that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still:

aRemember the Lord afar off,

And let Jerusalem acome into your mind.

51  bWe are confounded, because we have heard reproach:

bcShame hath covered our faces:

ccFor strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord’s house.

52  dWherefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord,

That dI will do judgment upon her graven images:

And dthrough all her land ethe wounded shall groan.

53  Though Babylon should fmount up to heaven,

And though she should ffortify the height of her strength,

Yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord.

54  gA sound of a cry cometh from Babylon,

And great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

55  Because the Lord hath spoiled Babylon,

And destroyed out of her the great voice;

When hher waves do roar like great waters,

A noise of their voice is uttered:

56  Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon,

And her mighty men are taken,

Every one of their bows is broken:

For ithe Lord God of recompences shall surely requite.

57  And kI will make drunk lher princes, and lher wise men,

mHer captains, and mher rulers, and her mighty men:

And kthey shall sleep a perpetual sleep, kand not wake,

nSaith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

58  Thus saith the Lord of hosts;

||oThe broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly ||broken,

And pher high gates shall be burned with fire;

*And qthe people shall labour in vain,

And qthe folk rin the fire, sand tthey shall be weary.

59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah tthe son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went ||with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon uin the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was va ||quiet xprince. 60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even yall these words that are written against Babylon. 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; 62 Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, zthat none shall remain in it, zneither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever. 63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that athou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: 64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon bsink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: cand they shall be weary. dThus far are the words of Jeremiah.

52 *aZedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. *For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. *And it came to pass bin the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about. *So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. Then the city was broken up, cand all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in …

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e

So Isai. 21:5. ch. 46:4. Comp. ch. 50:14.

Heb. pure. ch. 4:11 (Heb.).

f
g
h
i

See ch. 50:45.

k

ch. 50:28. So ver. 6.

k

ch. 50:28. So ver. 6.

l

ver. 27. See ch. 50:2.

m

See Nah. 2:1. Comp. Ezek. 38:7.

n

Heb. liers in wait. Jos. 8:4 (Heb.). Judg. 20:29.

i

See ch. 50:45.

o
p

So ch. 50:37.

q

So ch. 22:17. Eze. 22:13 (Heb.).

r

See ch. 22:5.

Heb. by his soul. Amos. 6:8. See Esther 9:31.

s

See ch. 50:5.

t

ver. 27. See Ps. 105:34. Comp. Joel 2:2.

Heb. utter. Heb. as Ex. 32:18. Ps. 88 title. Isai. 27:2.

u
v

To ver. 19, ch. 10:12–16.

||

Or, noise.

||

Or, is more brutish than to know.

w

Supplied from ch. 10:16.

x

So ch. 50:23. See Ps. 17:13. Comp. Isai. 45:1, 2.

y

So Prov. 25:18. Ezek. 9:2 in the Heb.

||

Or, in thee, or, by thee. So ver. 21, 22, 23.

z

Comp. 2 Chr. 36:17 with ver. 24. Ps. 137:8, 9.

z

Comp. 2 Chr. 36:17 with ver. 24. Ps. 137:8, 9.

a

ver. 28, 57. See 1 Kin. 10:15 marg.

b

ch. 50:15, 29. ver. 6, 56.

c

See ver. 22. So ver. 49.

d

2 Kin. 23:13 (Heb.). So Isai. 13:2. Zech. 4:7. Comp. ver. 53.

e

Rev. 8:8. Comp. Rev. 18:8, 9.

f

Heb. everlasting desolations. ver. 62 (Heb.). See ch. 25:12. So ch. 49:33.

g

See ver. 12.

h

See ch. 4:5.

i

See ch. 6:4.

k

See ch. 25:14.

l

Comp. ch. 50:41.

m
n

Ps. 45:8 (Heb.)?

o
p

Nah. 3:17 only.

q

See ver. 14.

i

See ch. 6:4.

k

See ch. 25:14.

r

See ver. 11.

a

ver. 28, 57. See 1 Kin. 10:15 marg.

s

Comp. ch. 34:1.

t

See ch. 8:16.

u

See ch. 50:45.

v

ver. 37 (Heb.). So ver. 41 (Heb.), 43, 62. See ch. 50:3.

w

ver. 37. See ch. 4:7.

x

ch. 50:37. See Isai. 19:16.

y

Comp. Isai. 47:14.

z
a
a
b
c

So ch. 50:26 (Heb.).

d

See Isai. 44:27. Comp. ver. 36.

e

ver. 41. ch. 48:41 in the Heb.

f

Heb. as Ex. 7:19. & 8:5. Isai. 14:23. & 19:10. & 35:7. & 41:18. & 42:15. See Ps. 107:35.

g
g
h
||

Or, In the time that he thresheth her.

i
j

ch. 50:17.

k

ver. 44.

l

See Ps. 74:13.

m

Heb. My violence. Ge. 16:5 (Heb.).

||

Or, remainder. See Lev. 18:6.

Heb. inhabitress. See ch. 21:13.

n

ch. 50:34. See 1 Sam. 24:15.

d

See Isai. 44:27. Comp. ver. 36.

o

So ch. 50:38.

p
q

Comp. ver. 13.

r
s

See Isai. 13:22. & ch. 9:11. So ch. 50:39. Rev. 18:2.

ss

See Ps. 44:19.

t

ver. 29 (Heb.). See ch. 18:16.

t

ver. 29 (Heb.). See ch. 18:16.

u

See ver. 29.

v
||

Or, shake themselves. Neh. 5:13. Isai. 33:9, 15.

w
x
y

ver. 57.

z

So Isai. 19:14. & 51:21. & 63:6. ch. 25:15, 16, 27. & 48:26.

y

ver. 57.

a

So Ps. 13:3. See Ps. 76:5.

y

ver. 57.

b

See ch. 50:8.

c

ch. 25:26. See ch. 50:21.

d
e

ver. 32 (Heb.).

f

See ver. 29.

g

See ver. 36. Comp. Isai. 8:7, 8. ver. 55.

f

See ver. 29.

h

See ch. 50:12.

h

See ch. 50:12.

i

ch. 50:39, 40.

k

See ch. 50:2.

l

ver. 34. Comp. Ezra 1:7.

m

See ch. 31:12.

n

ver. 58.

o

See ver. 6.

o

See ver. 6.

p

See ch. 12:13.

||

[Or, let not].

q

See Isai. 7:4.

r
s
t

So ch. 50:2. ver. 52.

Heb. visit upon. ver. 44 (Heb.), 52. See ch. 9:25.

t

So ch. 50:2. ver. 52.

u

ch. 50:38.

t

So ch. 50:2. ver. 52.

t

So ch. 50:2. ver. 52.

v
w

See ch. 50:3.

||

Or, Both Babylon is to fall, O ye slain of Israel, and with Babylon, &c.

x
y

So ver. 24.

||

Or, the country. Gen. 10:20, &c.

z

So ch. 44:28.

a

ch. 44:21. See ch. 3:16.

a

ch. 44:21. See ch. 3:16.

b

So Ps. 44:15, 16. & 79:4.

b

So Ps. 44:15, 16. & 79:4.

c

So ch. 7:19.

cc

See Lam. 1:10.

d

ver. 47.

d

ver. 47.

d

ver. 47.

e
f

See Isai. 14:13. Comp. ver. 25. ch. 49:16.

f

See Isai. 14:13. Comp. ver. 25. ch. 49:16.

g

ch. 50:22.

h

ch. 5:22. Comp. ver. 42.

i

Isai. 59:18. Comp. Ps. 94:1. & 137:8. ch. 50:15. See ver. 24.

k

ver. 39.

l

ch. 50:35.

l

ch. 50:35.

m

See ver. 23.

m

See ver. 23.

k

ver. 39.

k

ver. 39.

n

See ch. 46:18.

||

Or, The walls of broad Babylon.

o

So ch. 50:15. ver. 44.

||

Or, made naked. So Is. 32:11 (Heb.).

p

Comp. Isai. 45:2.

*

q

Hab. 2:13 (text).

q

Hab. 2:13 (text).

r

Job 39:25. Nahum 2:12 in the Heb.

s

ver. 64.

t

Comp. ch. 32:12. Baruch 1:1.

t

Comp. ch. 32:12. Baruch 1:1.

||

Or, on the behalf of.

u

Comp. ch. 28:1. & 29:3.

v

Ps. 23:2. Isai. 32:18. ch. 45:3 in the Heb., or Num. 10:33. Ps. 132:8, 10.

||

Or, prince of wMenucha, or, vchief chamberlain.

x

Comp. ch. 45:5.

y
z

See ch. 50:3.

z

See ch. 50:3.

Heb. desolations. See ver. 26.

a

Rev. 18:21. So Ex. 15:5. Comp. ch. 19:10, 11.

b

Num. 11:2. Amos 8:8. & 9:5 in the Heb.

c

ver. 58.

d

ch. 48:47.

*

a

Heb. reigned.

*

*

b

To ver. 7, ch. 39:1, 2.

*

c

To ver. 16, ch. 39:4–10.