Jeremiah 51 ©
The severe judgment of God against Babylon in revenge of Israel. Jeremiah delivereth the book of this prophecy to Seraiah, to be cast into Euphrates, in token of the perpetual sinking of Babylon.
THUS saith the LORD; Behold, aI will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the 1midst of them bthat rise up against me, a cdestroying wind;
Against him that bendeth flet the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his g*brigandine: and hspare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host.
Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are ithrust through in her streets.
mFlee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is nthe time of the LORD's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
We would have healed Babylon, but she is tnot healed: uforsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for vher judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
yMake 2bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD zhath raised up the spirit of the kings of athe Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because bit is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.
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;
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 captains and rulers.
Behold, I am against thee, O wdestroying mountain, saith the LORD, which xdestroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
aSet ye up a *standard in the land, bblow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, ccall together against her dthe kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a ecaptain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers.
And gthe land shall tremble and sorrow: for hevery purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
The imighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they jbecame as women: kthey have burned her dwellingplaces; lher bars are broken.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a rthreshingfloor, 10it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her sharvest shall come.
tNebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like ua *dragon, he hath filled his belly with my *delicates, vhe hath cast me out.
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, zI will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I awill dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
Her ncities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.
And oI will punish Bel in Babylon, and pI will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, qthe wall of Babylon shall fall.
And 15lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the srumour that shall be heard in the land; ta rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and uviolence in the land, ruler against ruler.
Therefore, behold, the days come, that vI will 16do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and wher whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
gThough Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet hfrom me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
kBecause the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and lher mighty men are taken, every one of mtheir bows is broken: for nthe LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; 19The qbroad walls of Babylon shall be 20utterly broken, and her rhigh gates shall sbe burned with fire; and tthe people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
¶The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of uNeriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went 21with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a 22quiet prince.
And thou shalt say, bThus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and cthey shall be weary. dThus far are the words of Jeremiah.