Jeremiah 50

MLV(i) 1 The word that Jehovah spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet.
2 Declare among the nations and proclaim and set up a standard, proclaim and conceal not. Say, Babylon is taken. Bel is put to shame. Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame; her idols are dismayed. 3 For out of the north there comes up a nation against her, which will make her land desolate and none will dwell in it. They are fled. They are gone, both man and beast.
4 In those days and in that time, says Jehovah, the sons of Israel will come, they and the sons of Judah together. They will go on their way weeping and will seek Jehovah their God. 5 They will inquire concerning Zion with their faces toward it, saying, Come and join yourselves to Jehovah in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
6 My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have made them go-astray. They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill. They have forgotten their resting-place. 7 All who found them have devoured them and their adversaries said, We are not guilty, because they have sinned against Jehovah, the habitation of righteousness, even Jehovah, the hope of their fathers.
8 Flee out of the midst of Babylon and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans and be as the male-goats before the flocks. 9 For behold, I will stir up and cause to come up against Babylon a company of great nations from the north country and they will set themselves in array against her. From there she will be taken. Their arrows will be as of an expert mighty man; none will return in vain. 10 And Chaldea will be a prey. All who prey upon her will be satisfied, says Jehovah.
11 Because you* are glad, because you* rejoice, O you* who plunder my heritage, because you* are wanton as a heifer that treads out the grain and neigh as strong horses, 12 your* mother will be utterly put to shame. She who bore you* will be confounded. Behold, she will be the hindermost of the nations, a wilderness, a dry land and a desert. 13 Because of the wrath of Jehovah she will not be inhabited, but she will be entirely desolate. Everyone who goes by Babylon will be astonished and hiss at all her plagues.
14 Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around, all you* who bend the bow. Shoot at her; spare no arrows. For she has sinned against Jehovah. 15 Shout against her all around. She has submitted herself. Her ramparts are fallen. Her walls are thrown down. For it is the vengeance of Jehovah. Take vengeance upon her. As she has done, do to her. 16 Cut off the sower from Babylon and he who handles the sickle in the time of harvest. For fear of the oppressing sword they will turn each one to his people and they will flee each one to his own land.
17 Israel is a hunted sheep, the lions have driven him away. First, the king of Assyria devoured him and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.
18 Therefore Jehovah of hosts says thus, the God of Israel: Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria. 19 And I will bring Israel again to his pasture and he will feed on Carmel and Bashan and his soul will be satisfied upon the hills of Ephraim and in Gilead.
20 In those days and in that time, says Jehovah, the iniquity of Israel will be sought for and there will be none and the sins of Judah and they will not be found. For I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.
21 Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it and against the inhabitants of Pekod. Kill and utterly destroy after them, says Jehovah and do according to all that I have commanded you. 22 A sound of battle is in the land and of great destruction. 23 How the hammer of the whole earth is cut apart and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations!
24 I have laid a snare for you and you are also taken, O Babylon and you were not aware. You are found and also caught, because you have striven against Jehovah. 25 Jehovah has opened his armory and has brought out the weapons of his indignation, for the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, has a work in the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come against her from the utmost border. Open her store-houses. Cast her up as heaps and destroy her utterly; let nothing of her be left. 27 Kill all her bullocks. Let them go down to the slaughter. Woe to them! For their day has come, the time of their visitation.
28 The voice of those who flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of Jehovah our God, the vengeance of his temple. 29 Call together the archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. Encamp against her all around; let none of it escape.
Recompense to her according to her work. According to all that she has done, do to her. For she has been proud against Jehovah, against the Holy One of Israel. 30 Therefore her young men will fall in her streets and all her men of war will be brought to silence in that day, says Jehovah.
31 Behold, I am against you, O you proud one, says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, for your day has come, the time that I will visit you. 32 And the proud one will stumble and fall and none will raise him up. And I will kindle a fire in his cities and it will devour all who are all around him.
33 Jehovah of hosts says thus: The sons of Israel and the sons of Judah are oppressed together and all who took them captive hold them firm; they refuse to let them go.
34 Their Redeemer is strong. Jehovah of hosts is his name. He will thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth and shake the inhabitants of Babylon.
35 A sword is upon the Chaldeans, says Jehovah and upon the inhabitants of Babylon and upon her rulers and upon her wise men. 36 A sword is upon the boasters and they will become fools. A sword is upon her mighty men and they will be dismayed. 37 A sword is upon their horses and upon their chariots and upon all the mixed people who are in the midst of her and they will become as women. A sword is upon her treasures and they will be robbed.
38 A drought is upon her waters and they will be dried up. For it is a land of graven images and they are mad over idols. 39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wolves will dwell there and the ostriches will dwell in it. And it will no more be everlasting inhabited, nor will it be dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbor cities of it, says Jehovah, so will no man dwell there, nor will any son of man journey in it.
41 Behold, a people comes from the north and a great nation and many kings will be stirred up from the outermost parts of the earth. 42 They lay hold on bow and spear. They are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea and they ride upon horses, each one set in array, as a man to the battle, against you, O daughter of Babylon.
43 The king of Babylon has heard the news of them and his hands grow feeble. Anguish has taken hold of him and pangs as of a woman in travail. 44 Behold, the enemy will come up like a lion from the pride of the Jordan against the strong habitation. For I will suddenly make them run away from it and he who is chosen, him I will appoint over it.
For who is like me and who will appoint a time for me and who is the shepherd who can stand before me?
45 Therefore hear the counsel of Jehovah, that he has taken against Babylon and his purposes, that he has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely they will drag them away, even the little ones of the flock. Surely he will make their habitation desolate over them. 46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles and the cry is heard among the nations.