Jeremiah 50

Prophecy against Babylon

1The word which the  Lord spoke concerning a  Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet: 2 b  Declare and proclaim among the nations.
Proclaim it and c  lift up a standard.
Do not conceal it but say,
d  Babylon has been captured,
e  Bel has been put to shame
Heb Merodach
Marduk has been
Or dismayed
Her h  images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.’

3For a nation has come up against her out of the i  north; it will make her land j  an object of horror, and there will be k  no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away!

4In those days and at that time,” declares the  Lord, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah l  as well; they will go along m  weeping as they go, and it will be n  the  Lord their God they will seek. 5“They will o  ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces
Lit hither
in its direction;
M.T. reads come ye!
Or will have come
will come that they may join themselves to the  Lord in an s  everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
6My people have become t  lost sheep;
u  Their shepherds have led them astray.
They have made them turn aside on the v  mountains;
They have gone along from mountain to hill
And have forgotten their w  resting place.
7All who came upon them have devoured them;
And their adversaries have said, ‘ x  We are not guilty,
Inasmuch as they have sinned against the  Lord who is the y  habitation of righteousness,
Even the  Lord, the z  hope of their fathers.’

8Wander away from the aa  midst of Babylon
Another reading is let them go forth
go forth from the land of the Chaldeans;
Be also like male goats
Or in front of
at the head of the flock.
9For behold, I am going to ad  arouse and bring up against Babylon
A horde of great nations from the land of the north,
And they will draw up their battle lines against her;
From there she will be taken captive.
Their arrows will be like
So some mss and versions; M.T. reads a warrior who makes childless
an expert warrior
Who does not return empty-handed.
Or the Chaldeans
ag  Chaldea will become plunder;
All who plunder her will have enough,” declares the  Lord.

11Because you are glad, because you are jubilant,
O you who ah  pillage My heritage,
Because you skip about
Another reading is in the grass
like a threshing aj  heifer
And neigh like
Lit mighty ones
12Your al  mother
Or has become
will be greatly ashamed,
She who gave you birth
Or has become
will be humiliated.
Behold, she will be the least of the nations,
A ao  wilderness, a parched land and a desert.
13Because of the indignation of the  Lord she will ap  not be inhabited,
But she will be aq  completely desolate;
Everyone who passes by Babylon ar  will be horrified
And will hiss because of all her wounds.
14Draw up your battle lines against Babylon on every side,
All you who
Lit tread (in order to string)
bend the bow;
Shoot at her, do not be sparing with your arrows,
For she has at  sinned against the  Lord.
15Raise your battle cry against her on every side!
She has au  given
Lit her hand
herself up, her pillars have fallen,
Her aw  walls have been torn down.
For this is the ax  vengeance of the  Lord:
Take vengeance on her;
ay  As she has done to others, so do to her.
16Cut off the az  sower from Babylon
And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest;
From before
Or the oppressing sword
the bb  sword of the oppressor
bc  They will each turn back to his own people
And they will each flee to his own land.

17Israel is a bd  scattered
Lit sheep
flock, the bf  lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the bg  king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is bh  Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
18Therefore thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I bi  punished the king of Assyria. 19‘And I will bj  bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his
Lit soul
desire will be satisfied in the bl  hill country of Ephraim and Gilead.
20In those days and at that time,’ declares the  Lord, ‘search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but bm  there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those bn  whom I leave as a remnant.’ 21Against the land of
Or Double Rebellion
Merathaim, go up against it,
And against the inhabitants of
Or Punishment
bq  Pekod.
Slay and
Lit put under the ban
utterly destroy them,” declares the  Lord,
And do according to all that I have commanded you.
22“The bs  noise of battle is in the land,
And great destruction.
23How the bt  hammer of the whole earth
Has been cut off and broken!
How Babylon has become
An object of horror among the nations!
24“I bu  set a snare for you and you were also bv  caught, O Babylon,
While you yourself were not aware;
You have been found and also seized
Because you have engaged in bw  conflict with the  Lord.”
25The  Lord has opened His armory
And has brought forth the bx  weapons of His indignation,
For it is a by  work of the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts
In the land of the Chaldeans.
26Come to her from the
Lit end
farthest border;
cb  Open up her barns,
Pile her up like heaps
Lit put under the ban
cd  utterly destroy her,
Let nothing be left to her.
27 ce  Put all her young bulls to the sword;
Let them cf  go down to the slaughter!
Woe be upon them, for their cg  day has come,
The time of their punishment.

28There is a ch  sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon,
To declare in Zion the ci  vengeance of the  Lord our God,
Vengeance for His cj  temple.

Another reading is archers
many against Babylon,
All those who
Lit tread (in order to string)
bend the bow:
Encamp against her on every side,
Let there be no escape
Some mss add to her
Repay her according to her work;
cn  According to all that she has done, so do to her;
For she has become co  arrogant against the  Lord,
Against the Holy One of Israel.
30Therefore her cp  young men will fall in her streets,
And all her men of war will be
Or made lifeless or destroyed
cr  silenced in that day,” declares the  Lord.
31Behold cs  I am against you, O
Lit arrogance
arrogant one,”
Declares the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts,
For your day has come,
The time
Another reading is of your punishment
when I will punish you.
Lit arrogance
cx  arrogant one will stumble and fall
With no one to raise him up;
And I will cy  set fire to his cities
And it will devour all his environs.”

33Thus says the  Lord of hosts,
The sons of Israel are oppressed,
And the sons of Judah as well;
And cz  all who took them captive have held them fast,
They have refused to let them go.
34“Their da  Redeemer is strong db  the  Lord of hosts is His name;
He will vigorously dc  plead their case
So that He may dd  bring rest to
Or their land
the earth,
But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.
35“A df  sword against the Chaldeans,” declares the  Lord,
And against the inhabitants of Babylon
And against her dg  officials and her dh  wise men!
36A sword against the di  oracle priests, and they will become fools!
A sword against her dj  mighty men, and they will be
Or dismayed
dl  shattered!
37A sword against
Lit his
their dn  horses and against
Lit his
their chariots
And against all the
Lit mixed multitude
dq  foreigners who are in the midst of her,
And they will become dr  women!
A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!
Another reading is sword
dt  drought on her waters, and they will be dried up!
For it is a land of du  idols,
And they are mad over fearsome idols.

39Therefore the dv  desert creatures will live there along with the jackals;
The ostriches also will live in it,
And it will dw  never again be inhabited
Or dwelt in from generation to generation.
40As when God overthrew dx  Sodom
And Gomorrah with its neighbors,” declares the  Lord,
No man will live there,
Nor will any son of man reside in it.

41Behold, a people is coming dy  from the north,
And a great nation and many kings
Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.
42“They dz  seize their bow and javelin;
They are ea  cruel and have no mercy.
Their eb  voice roars like the sea;
And they ride on ec  horses,
ed  Marshalled like a man for the battle
Against you, O daughter of Babylon.
43“The ee  king of Babylon has heard the report about them,
And his hands hang limp;
ef  Distress has gripped him,
Agony like a woman in childbirth.

44 eg  Behold, one will come up like a lion from the
Lit pride
thicket of the Jordan to
Or an enduring habitation
a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is ej  chosen I will appoint over it. For who is ek  like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can el  stand before Me?”
45Therefore hear the em  plan of the  Lord which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: en  surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their
Or habitation
pasture desolate because of them.
46At the
Lit voice
shout, “Babylon has been seized!” the eq  earth is shaken, and an er  outcry is heard among the nations.
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