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“See, I will stirx up the spirit of a destroyer
2 I will send foreignersz to Babylon
to winnowa her and to devastate her land;
they will oppose her on every side
in the dayb of her disaster.
3 Let not the archer string his bow,c
nor let him put on his armor.d
Do not spare her young men;
completely destroyb her army.
fatally wounded in her streets.f
5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsakeng
by their God, the Lord Almighty,
before the Holy One of Israel.
6 “Fleei from Babylon!
Run for your lives!
Do not be destroyed because of her sins.j
he will repaym her what she deserves.
7 Babylon was a gold cupn in the Lord’s hand;
she made the whole earth drunk.
The nations drank her wine;
therefore they have now gone mad.
8 Babylon will suddenly fallo and be broken.
Wail over her!
Get balmp for her pain;
perhaps she can be healed.
but she cannot be healed;
let us leaveq her and each go to our own land,
for her judgmentr reaches to the skies,
it rises as high as the heavens.’
10 “ ‘The Lord has vindicateds us;
come, let us tell in Zion
what the Lord our God has done.’t
11 “Sharpen the arrows,u
take up the shields!v
because his purposey is to destroy Babylon.
The Lord will take vengeance,z
vengeance for his temple.a
12 Lift up a bannerb against the walls of Babylon!
Reinforce the guard,
station the watchmen,c
prepare an ambush!d
The Lord will carry out his purpose,e
his decree against the people of Babylon.
13 You who live by many watersf
and are rich in treasures,g
your end has come,
the time for you to be destroyed.h
14 The Lord Almighty has sworn by himself:i
I will surely fill you with troops, as with a swarm of locusts,j
and they will shoutk in triumph over you.
he founded the world by his wisdoml
16 When he thunders,o the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rainp
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.q
every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;r
they have no breath in them.
18 They are worthless,s the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.
19 He who is the Portiont of Jacob is not like these,
for he is the Maker of all things,
including the people of his inheritanceu—
the Lord Almighty is his name.
20 “You are my war club,v
my weapon for battle—
with you I destroy kingdoms,
21 with you I shatter horse and rider,y
with you I shatter chariotz and driver,
with you I shatter old man and youth,
with you I shatter young man and young woman,a
with you I shatter farmer and oxen,
with you I shatter governors and officials.b
25 “I am againste you, you destroying mountain,
you who destroy the whole earth,”f
declares the Lord.
“I will stretch out my handg against you,
roll you off the cliffs,
and make you a burned-out mountain.h
nor any stone for a foundation,
for you will be desolatei forever,”
declares the Lord.
27 “Lift up a bannerj in the land!
Blow the trumpet among the nations!
Prepare the nations for battle against her;
summon against her these kingdoms:k
Appoint a commander against her;
send up horses like a swarm of locusts.n
the kings of the Medes,o
their governors and all their officials,
and all the countries they rule.p
29 The land tremblesq and writhes,
for the Lord’s purposesr against Babylon stand—
to lay wastes the land of Babylon
so that no one will live there.t
30 Babylon’s warriorsu have stopped fighting;
they remain in their strongholds.
Their strength is exhausted;
they have become weaklings.v
Her dwellings are set on fire;w
the barsx of her gates are broken.
31 One couriery follows another
and messenger follows messenger
to announce to the king of Babylon
that his entire city is captured,z
the marshes set on fire,a
and the soldiers terrified.b”
at the time it is trampled;
he has thrown us into confusion,
he has made us an empty jar.
Like a serpent he has swallowed us
and filled his stomach with our delicacies,
and then has spewedj us out.
say the inhabitants of Zion.
“May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia,”
“See, I will defend your causem
and avengen you;
I will dry upo her sea
and make her springs dry.
a hauntp of jackals,
an object of horror and scorn,q
a place where no one lives.r
38 Her people all roar like young lions,s
they growl like lion cubs.
I will set out a feast for them
and make them drunk,t
so that they shout with laughter—
then sleep foreveru and not awake,”
declares the Lord.v
like lambs to the slaughter,
like rams and goats.w
the boast of the whole earth seized!
How desolatez Babylon will be
among the nations!
its roaring wavesa will cover her.
a dry and desertb land,
a land where no one lives,
through which no one travels.c
44 I will punish Beld in Babylon
and make him spew oute what he has swallowed.
The nations will no longer stream to him.
And the wallf of Babylon will fall.
45 “Come outg of her, my people!
Runh for your lives!
Run from the fierce angeri of the Lord.
when rumorsl are heard in the land;
one rumor comes this year, another the next,
rumors of violence in the land
and of ruler against ruler.
when I will punish the idolsm of Babylon;
her whole land will be disgracedn
and her slain will all lie fallen within her.o
will shoutp for joy over Babylon,
for out of the northq
destroyersr will attack her,”
declares the Lord.
just as the slain in all the earth
have fallen because of Babylon.s
leavet and do not linger!
and call to mind Jerusalem.”
51 “We are disgraced,w
for we have been insulted
and shame covers our faces,
because foreigners have entered
the holy places of the Lord’s house.”x
“when I will punish her idols,y
and throughout her land
the wounded will groan.z
53 Even if Babylon ascends to the heavensa
and fortifies her lofty stronghold,
I will send destroyersb against her,”
declares the Lord.
54 “The sound of a cryc comes from Babylon,
the sound of great destructiond
from the land of the Babylonians.h
he will silencee her noisy din.
Wavesf of enemies will rage like great waters;
the roar of their voices will resound.
56 A destroyerg will come against Babylon;
her warriors will be captured,
and their bows will be broken.h
For the Lord is a God of retribution;
he will repayi in full.
her governors, officers and warriors as well;
they will sleepm forever and not awake,”
declares the King,n whose name is the Lord Almighty.
“Babylon’s thick wallo will be leveled
and her high gatesp set on fire;
the nations’ labor is only fuel for the flames.”s
59 This is the message Jeremiah the prophet gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,t the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiahu king of Judah in the fourthv year of his reign. 60 Jeremiah had written on a scrollw about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon—all that had been recorded concerning Babylon. 61 He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud. 62 Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolatex forever.’ 63 When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.y 64 Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no morez because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her peoplea will fall.’ ”b
The words of Jeremiah endc here.
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