Bible: Jeremiah 50-51
Judgment Against Babylon
50:2 “Announce 3 the news among the nations! Proclaim it!
Signal for people to pay attention! 4
Declare the news! Do not hide it! Say:
‘Babylon will be captured.
Bel 5 will be put to shame.
Marduk will be dismayed.
Babylon’s idols will be put to shame.
50:3 For a nation from the north 8 will attack Babylon.
It will lay her land waste.
People and animals will flee out of it.
No one will inhabit it.’
50:4 “When that time comes,” says the
“the people of Israel and Judah will return to the land together.
They will come back with tears of repentance
as they seek the
50:5 They will ask the way to Zion;
they will turn their faces toward it.
They will come 11 and bind themselves to the
in a lasting covenant that will never be forgotten. 12
50:6 “My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds 13 have allowed them to go astray.
They have wandered around in the mountains.
They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. 14
They have forgotten their resting place.
50:7 All who encountered them devoured them.
Their enemies who did this said, ‘We are not liable for punishment!
For those people have sinned against the
50:8 “People of Judah, 18 get out of Babylon quickly!
Leave the land of Babylonia! 19
Be the first to depart! 20
Be like the male goats that lead the herd.
50:9 For I will rouse into action and bring against Babylon
a host of mighty nations 21 from the land of the north.
They will set up their battle lines against her.
They will come from the north and capture her. 22
Their arrows will be like a skilled soldier 23
who does not return from the battle empty-handed. 24
50:10 Babylonia 25 will be plundered.
Those who plunder it will take all they want,”
That made you happy and glad.
You frolic about like calves in a pasture. 29
Your joyous sounds are like the neighs of a stallion. 30
50:12 But Babylonia will be put to great shame.
The land where you were born 31 will be disgraced.
Indeed, 32 Babylonia will become the least important of all nations.
It will become a dry and barren desert.
50:13 After I vent my wrath on it Babylon will be uninhabited. 33
It will be totally desolate.
All who pass by will be filled with horror and will hiss out their scorn
because of all the disasters that have happened to it. 34
50:14 “Take up your battle positions all around Babylon,
all you soldiers who are armed with bows. 35
For she has sinned against the
50:15 Shout the battle cry from all around the city.
She will throw up her hands in surrender. 38
Her towers 39 will fall.
Her walls will be torn down.
Because I, the
take out your vengeance on her!
Do to her as she has done!
50:16 Kill all the farmers who sow the seed in the land of Babylon.
Kill all those who wield the sickle at harvest time. 41
Let all the foreigners return to their own people.
Let them hurry back to their own lands
to escape destruction by that enemy army. 42
50:17 “The people of Israel are like scattered sheep
which lions have chased away.
First the king of Assyria devoured them. 43
Now last of all King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has gnawed their bones. 44
50:18 So I, the
‘I will punish the king of Babylon and his land
just as I punished the king of Assyria.
50:19 But I will restore the flock of Israel to their own pasture.
They will graze on Mount Carmel and the land of Bashan.
They will eat until they are full 46
on the hills of Ephraim and the land of Gilead. 47
50:20 When that time comes,
no guilt will be found in Israel.
No sin will be found in Judah. 48
For I will forgive those of them I have allowed to survive. 49
“Attack 52 the land of Merathaim
and the people who live in Pekod! 53
Pursue, kill, and completely destroy them! 54
Do just as I have commanded you! 55
50:22 The noise of battle can be heard in the land of Babylonia. 56
There is the sound of great destruction.
50:23 Babylon hammered the whole world to pieces.
But see how that ‘hammer’ has been broken and shattered! 57
See what an object of horror
Babylon has become among the nations!
50:24 I set a trap for you, Babylon;
you were caught before you knew it.
You fought against me.
So you were found and captured. 58
50:25 I have opened up the place where my weapons are stored. 59
I have brought out the weapons for carrying out my wrath. 60
For I, the Lord
have work to carry out in the land of Babylonia. 62
50:26 Come from far away and attack Babylonia! 63
Open up the places where she stores her grain!
Do not leave anyone alive! 66
50:27 Kill all her soldiers! 67
Let them be slaughtered! 68
the time for them to be punished.”
50:28 Listen! Fugitives and refugees are coming from the land of Babylon.
They are coming to Zion to declare there
getting revenge for what they have done to his temple. 71
50:29 “Call for archers 72 to come against Babylon!
Summon against her all who draw the bow!
Set up camp all around the city!
Do not allow anyone to escape!
Pay her back for what she has done.
Do to her what she has done to others.
For she has proudly defied me, 73
the Holy One of Israel. 74
50:30 So her young men will fall in her city squares.
All her soldiers will be destroyed at that time,”
50:31 “Listen! I am opposed to you, you proud city,” 76
says the Lord
the time when I will punish you. 80
50:32 You will stumble and fall, you proud city;
no one will help you get up.
I will set fire to your towns;
it will burn up everything that surrounds you.” 81
“The people of Israel are oppressed.
So too are the people of Judah. 83
All those who took them captive are holding them prisoners.
They refuse to set them free.
50:34 But the one who will rescue them 84 is strong.
He is known as the
He will strongly 86 champion their cause.
As a result 87 he will bring peace and rest to the earth,
“They will come against the people who inhabit Babylonia,
against her leaders and her men of wisdom.
50:36 Destructive forces will come against her false prophets; 92
they will be shown to be fools! 93
Destructive forces will come against her soldiers;
they will be filled with terror! 94
50:37 Destructive forces will come against her horses and her 95 chariots.
Destructive forces will come against all the foreign troops within her; 96
they will be as frightened as women! 97
Destructive forces will come against her treasures;
they will be taken away as plunder!
50:38 A drought will come upon her land;
her rivers and canals will be dried up. 98
All of this will happen because her land is filled with idols. 99
50:39 Therefore desert creatures and jackals will live there.
But no people will ever live there again.
No one will dwell there for all time to come. 104
50:40 I will destroy Babylonia just like I did
Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns.
No one will live there. 105
No human being will settle in it,”
50:41 “Look! An army is about to come from the north.
A mighty nation and many kings 107 are stirring into action
in faraway parts of the earth.
50:42 Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears.
They are cruel and show no mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
as they ride forth on their horses.
Lined up in formation like men going into battle,
they are coming against you, fair Babylon! 108
50:43 The king of Babylon will become paralyzed with fear 109
when he hears news of their coming. 110
Anguish will grip him,
agony like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. 111
50:44 “A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan
scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it.
So too I will chase the Babylonians off of their land.
Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose.
For there is no one like me.
There is no one who can call me to account.
There is no ruler that can stand up against me.
50:45 So listen to what I, the
what I intend to do to the people who inhabit the land of Babylonia. 112
Their little ones will be dragged off.
I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done.
50:46 The people of the earth will quake when they hear Babylon has been captured.
Her cries of anguish will be heard by the other nations.” 113
“I will cause a destructive wind 114 to blow
51:2 I will send people to winnow Babylonia like a wind blowing away chaff. 117
They will winnow her and strip her land bare. 118
This will happen when 119 they come against her from every direction,
when it is time to destroy her. 120
51:3 Do not give her archers time to string their bows
or to put on their coats of armor. 121
Do not spare any of her young men.
Completely destroy 122 her whole army.
mortally wounded in the streets of her cities. 125
51:5 “For Israel and Judah will not be forsaken 126
by their God, the
For the land of Babylonia is 128 full of guilt
against the Holy One of Israel. 129
51:6 Get out of Babylonia quickly, you foreign people. 130
Flee to save your lives.
Do not let yourselves be killed because of her sins.
For it is time for the
51:7 Babylonia had been a gold cup in the
She had made the whole world drunk.
The nations had drunk from the wine of her wrath. 133
So they have all gone mad. 134
51:8 But suddenly Babylonia will fall and be destroyed. 135
Cry out in mourning over it!
Get medicine for her wounds!
Perhaps she can be healed!
51:9 Foreigners living there will say, 136
‘We tried to heal her, but she could not be healed.
Let’s leave Babylonia 137 and each go back to his own country.
For judgment on her will be vast in its proportions.
It will be like it is piled up to heaven, stacked up into the clouds.’ 138
51:10 The exiles from Judah will say, 139
Come on, let’s go and proclaim in Zion
51:11 “Sharpen 141 your arrows!
Fill your quivers! 142
For he intends to destroy Babylonia.
For that is how the
how he will get his revenge for the Babylonians’ destruction of his temple. 145
51:12 Give the signal to attack Babylon’s wall! 146
Bring more guards! 147
Post them all around the city! 148
Put men in ambush! 149
He will do what he said he would do to the people of Babylon. 150
51:13 “You who live along the rivers of Babylon, 151
the time of your end has come.
You who are rich in plundered treasure,
it is time for your lives to be cut off. 152
‘I will fill your land with enemy soldiers.
They will swarm over it like locusts. 155
They will raise up shouts of victory over it.’
51:15 He is the one who 156 by his power made the earth.
He is the one who by his wisdom fixed the world in place,
by his understanding he spread out the heavens.
51:16 When his voice thunders, the waters in the heavens roar.
He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons.
He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain.
He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it.
51:17 All idolaters will prove to be stupid and ignorant.
Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made.
For the image he forges is merely a sham.
There is no breath in any of those idols.
51:18 They are worthless, objects to be ridiculed.
When the time comes to punish them, they will be destroyed.
For he is the one who created everything,
including the people of Israel whom he claims as his own. 157
He is known as the
my weapon for battle.
I used you to smash nations. 161
I used you to destroy kingdoms.
51:21 I used you to smash horses and their riders. 162
I used you to smash chariots and their drivers.
51:22 I used you to smash men and women.
I used you to smash old men and young men.
I used you to smash young men and young women.
51:23 I used you to smash shepherds and their flocks.
I used you to smash farmers and their teams of oxen.
I used you to smash governors and leaders.” 163
51:24 “But I will repay Babylon
and all who live in Babylonia
for all the wicked things they did in Zion
right before the eyes of you Judeans,” 164
You are like a destructive mountain that destroys all the earth.
I will unleash my power against you; 168
I will roll you off the cliffs and make you like a burned-out mountain. 169
51:26 No one will use any of your stones as a cornerstone.
No one will use any of them in the foundation of his house.
For you will lie desolate forever,” 170
51:27 “Raise up battle flags throughout the lands.
Sound the trumpets calling the nations to do battle.
Prepare the nations to do battle against Babylonia. 172
Call for these kingdoms to attack her:
Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. 173
Appoint a commander to lead the attack. 174
51:28 Prepare the nations to do battle against her. 177
Prepare the kings of the Medes.
Prepare their governors and all their leaders. 178
Prepare all the countries they rule to do battle against her. 179
51:29 The earth will tremble and writhe in agony. 180
He plans to make the land of Babylonia 181
a wasteland where no one lives. 182
51:30 The soldiers of Babylonia will stop fighting.
They will remain in their fortified cities.
They will lose their strength to do battle. 183
They will be as frightened as women. 184
The houses in her cities will be set on fire.
The gates of her cities will be broken down. 185
51:31 One runner after another will come to the king of Babylon.
One messenger after another will come bringing news. 186
They will bring news to the king of Babylon
that his whole city has been captured. 187
51:32 They will report that the fords have been captured,
the reed marshes have been burned,
the soldiers are terrified. 188
51:33 For the
‘Fair Babylon 189 will be like a threshing floor
which has been trampled flat for harvest.
The time for her to be cut down and harvested
will come very soon.’ 190
51:34 “King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
devoured me and drove my people out.
Like a monster from the deep he swallowed me.
He filled his belly with my riches.
He made me an empty dish.
He completely cleaned me out.” 191
51:35 The person who lives in Zion says,
“May Babylon pay for the violence done to me and to my relatives.”
“May those living in Babylonia pay for the bloodshed of my people.” 192
51:36 Therefore the
“I will stand up for your cause.
I will pay the Babylonians back for what they have done to you. 193
I will dry up their sea.
I will make their springs run dry. 194
51:37 Babylon will become a heap of ruins.
Jackals will make their home there. 195
It will become an object of horror and of hissing scorn,
a place where no one lives. 196
51:38 The Babylonians are all like lions roaring for prey.
They are like lion cubs growling for something to eat. 197
51:39 When their appetites are all stirred up, 198
I will set out a banquet for them.
I will make them drunk
so that they will pass out, 199
they will fall asleep forever,
they will never wake up,” 200
51:40 “I will lead them off to be slaughtered
like lambs, rams, and male goats.” 202
51:41 “See how Babylon 203 has been captured!
See how the pride of the whole earth has been taken!
See what an object of horror
Babylon has become among the nations! 204
51:42 The sea has swept over Babylon.
51:43 The towns of Babylonia have become heaps of ruins.
She has become a dry and barren desert.
No one lives in those towns any more.
No one even passes through them. 207
51:44 I will punish the god Bel in Babylon.
I will make him spit out what he has swallowed.
The nations will not come streaming to him any longer.
Indeed, the walls of Babylon will fall.” 208
51:45 “Get out of Babylon, my people!
Flee to save your lives
from the fierce anger of the
51:46 Do not lose your courage or become afraid
because of the reports that are heard in the land.
For a report will come in one year.
Another report will follow it in the next.
There will be violence in the land
with ruler fighting against ruler.”
51:47 “So the time will certainly come 210
when I will punish the idols of Babylon.
Her whole land will be put to shame.
All her mortally wounded will collapse in her midst. 211
51:48 Then heaven and earth and all that is in them
will sing for joy over Babylon.
For destroyers from the north will attack it,”
51:49 “Babylon must fall 213
because of the Israelites she has killed, 214
just as the earth’s mortally wounded fell
because of Babylon. 215
51:50 You who have escaped the sword, 216
go, do not delay. 217
Think about Jerusalem. 218
Our faces show our disgrace. 221
For foreigners have invaded
the holy rooms 222 in the
“when I will punish her idols.
Throughout her land the mortally wounded will groan.
51:53 Even if Babylon climbs high into the sky 225
and fortifies her elevated stronghold, 226
I will send destroyers against her,” 227
51:54 Cries of anguish will come from Babylon,
the sound of great destruction from the land of the Babylonians.
51:55 For the
and put an end to her loud noise.
They will make a deafening noise. 231
51:56 For a destroyer is attacking Babylon. 232
Her warriors will be captured;
their bows will be broken. 233
he pays back in full. 235
51:57 “I will make her officials and wise men drunk,
along with her governors, leaders, 236 and warriors.
They will fall asleep forever and never wake up,” 237
says the King whose name is the
51:58 This is what the
Her high gates will be set on fire.
The peoples strive for what does not satisfy. 242
The nations grow weary trying to get what will be destroyed.” 243
51:59 This is the order Jeremiah the prophet gave to Seraiah son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went to King Zedekiah of Judah in Babylon during the fourth year of his reign. 244 (Seraiah was a quartermaster.) 245 51:60 Jeremiah recorded 246 on one scroll all the judgments 247 that would come upon Babylon – all these prophecies 248 written about Babylon. 51:61 Then Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “When you arrive in Babylon, make sure 249 you read aloud all these prophecies. 250 51:62 Then say, ‘O
The prophecies of Jeremiah end here. 253