Jeremiah 50 ©

1 , 9 , 21 , 35 The judgment of Babylon. 4 , 17 , 33 The redemption of Israel.


THE word that the LORD spake aagainst Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans 1by Jeremiah the prophet.


bDeclare ye among the nations, and publish, and 2set up a *standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, cBel is confounded, dMerodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.


For eout of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which fshall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.


¶In gthose days, and in that time, saith the LORD, hthe children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, igoing and weeping: they shall go, and jseek the LORD their God.


They kshall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us ljoin ourselves to the LORD min a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.


My people hath been nlost sheep: their oshepherds have caused them to go astray, they phave turned them away on the mountains: they have qgone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten rtheir 3restingplace.

q ch. 3.5,6,23.
r Ca. 1.7,8.

All that found them shave devoured them: and their adversaries said, tWe offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, uthe habitation of justice, even the LORD, vthe hope of their fathers.


wRemove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.


¶For, xlo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon yan assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty 4expert man; znone shall return in vain.


And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her ashall be satisfied, saith the LORD.


Because bye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye cdestroyers of mine heritage, because dye are grown 5fat as the heifer at grass, and 6bellow as bulls;


Your mother shall be *sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, ethe hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.


Because of the fwrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: gevery one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.


hPut yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for ishe hath sinned against the LORD.


jShout against her round about: she khath given her hand: her lfoundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is mthe vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; nas she hath done, do unto her.


Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the 7sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword othey shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.


¶Israel is pa scattered sheep; the qlions have driven him away: first rthe king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.


Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, sas I have punished the king of Assyria.


And tI will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on uCarmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and vGilead.

v Ca. 6.5.

In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, wthe iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, xand there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom yI reserve.


zGo up against the land 8of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants aof 9Pekod: waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the LORD, and do baccording to all that I have commanded thee.

z v.3,9-15.

A csound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction.


How dis the hammer of the whole earth cut *asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!


I ehave laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou fhast striven against the LORD.


The gLORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is hthe work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.


iCome against her from 10the utmost border, open her storehouses: 11cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left.


Slay all her jbullocks; klet them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for ltheir day is come, mthe time of their visitation.


The nvoice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to odeclare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his ptemple.

p La. 1.10; 2.6,7.

qCall together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: rrecompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for sshe hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.

q v.9,14,26.

tTherefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD.


Behold, I am against thee, uO thou 12most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for vthy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.

v v.27.

And wthe 13most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I xwill kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.


¶Thus saith the LORD of hosts; yThe children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.


Their zRedeemer is strong; athe LORD of hosts is his name: he shall bthroughly plead their cause, that he may cgive rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.


¶A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, dand upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.


A sword is upon the 14liars; and they shall e*dote: a sword is fupon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.


A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all gthe mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become has women: a sword is upon her treasures; and ithey shall be robbed.


A drought is upon her jwaters; and they shall be dried up: for it is kthe land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.


lTherefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for mever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.


As nGod overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.


oBehold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.


pThey shall hold the bow and the *lance: qthey are cruel, and will not shew mercy: rtheir voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.


The sking of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in *travail.


Behold, he shall come up tlike a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is ua chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and vwho will 15appoint me the time? and who is that wshepherd that will stand before me?


Therefore hear ye xthe counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely ythe least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.


At zthe noise of the taking of Babylon athe earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.