Behold, I will raise up against Babylon,
bA destroying wind;
2 And will send unto Babylon cfanners, that shall fan her,
And shall empty her land:
And spare ye not her young men;
hDestroy ye utterly all her host.
5 For lIsrael hath not been forsaken,
Nor Judah of his God, of the Lord of hosts;
Though their land was filled with sin
Against the Holy One of Israel.
nAnd deliver every man his soul:
Be not ocut off in her iniquity;
For pthis is the time of the Lord’s vengeance;
qHe will render unto her a recompence.
7 Babylon hath been ra golden cup in the Lord’s hand,
That made all the earth drunken:
sThe nations have drunken of her wine;
Therefore the nations tare mad.
wHowl for her;
xTake balm for her pain,
If so be she may be healed.
And is lifted up even to athe skies.
Come, and dlet us declare in Zion
The work of the Lord our God.
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,
Prepare the †ambushes:
For the Lord ihath both devised and done
That which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.
Thine end is come, and the measure of qthy covetousness.
Surely I will fill thee with men, as with tcaterpillers;
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.
In the time of their visitation they shall perish.
For he is the former of all things:
And wIsrael is the rod of his inheritance:
The Lord of hosts is his name.
For ||with thee will I break in pieces the nations,
And with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
And with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
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;
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,
Appoint a pcaptain against her;
Cause the horses to come up as the rough qcaterpillers.
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.
They have remained in their holds:
Their might hath failed; xthey became as women:
yThey have burned her dwellingplaces;
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,
And fthe reeds they have burned with fire,
And the men of war are affrighted.
The daughter of Babylon is glike a threshingfloor,
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,
He hath filled his belly with my delicates,
mHe hath cast me out.
Shall the †inhabitant of Zion say;
And my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,
Shall Jerusalem say.
Behold, nI will plead thy cause,
And take vengeance for thee;
And qmake her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become rheaps,
uWithout an inhabitant.
38 vThey shall roar together like lions:
39 In their heat xI will make their feasts,
yAnd not wake, saith the Lord.
Like rams with bhe goats.
41 How is cSheshach taken!
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,
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
And destroyed out of her the great voice;
When hher waves do roar like great waters,
A noise of their voice is uttered:
And her mighty men are taken,
Every one of their bows is broken:
For ithe Lord God of recompences shall surely requite.
nSaith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
And pher high gates shall be burned with fire;
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.
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