Jeremiah 50: A Word against Babylon 
Comment: Although Babylon [or Babylonia] under Nebuchadnezzar
features very largely in the records of this book as God's instrument
of correction, it does not mean they will get away with their
idolatry [v.2], and for the way they treated Israel [v.11] and
their pride and arrogance [v.31,32]. It is a chapter full of warning
of what WILL come.]
Lead in to the next two chapters
is the word the Lord spoke through Jeremiah the prophet concerning
Babylon and the land of the Babylonians:
A clear warning: the capture of Babylon
and proclaim among the nations,
lift up a banner and proclaim it;
keep nothing back, but say,
“Babylon will be captured;
Bel will be put to shame,
Marduk filled with terror.
Her images will be put to shame
and her idols filled with terror.”
Their end will come from the north
nation from the north will attack her
and lay waste her land.
No one will live in it;
both people and animals will flee away.
The result will mean the Jews returning to the land to seek the
those days, at that time,'
declares the Lord,
‘the people of Israel and the people of Judah together
will go in tears to seek the Lord their
will ask the way to Zion
and turn their faces towards it.
They will come and bind themselves to the Lord
in an everlasting covenant
that will not be forgotten.
For years they had been subject to attack for their unfaithfulness
people have been lost sheep;
their shepherds have led them astray
and caused them to roam on the mountains.
They wandered over mountain and hill
and forgot their own resting place.
found them devoured them;
their enemies said, “We are not guilty,
for they sinned against the Lord , their verdant pasture,
the Lord , the hope of their ancestors.”
But now they will be able to flee Babylon and return home
out of Babylon;
leave the land of the Babylonians,
and be like the goats that lead the flock.
God will others to overpower them
I will stir up and bring against Babylon
an alliance of great nations from the
land of the north.
They will take up their positions against her,
and from the north she will be captured.
Their arrows will be like skilled warriors
who do not return empty-handed.
Babylonia will be plundered;
all who plunder her will have their fill,'
declares the Lord.
They will answer for their bad attitude towards Israel in the
you rejoice and are glad,
you who pillage my inheritance,
because you frolic like a heifer threshing corn
and neigh like stallions,
mother will be greatly ashamed;
she who gave you birth will be disgraced.
She will be the least of the nations –
a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.
She will be utterly brought down
of the Lord 's anger she will not be inhabited
but will be completely desolate.
All who pass Babylon will be appalled;
they will scoff because of all her wounds.
So let the enemy come and bring her down
up your positions round Babylon,
all you who draw the bow.
Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,
for she has sinned against the Lord.
against her on every side!
She surrenders, her towers fall,
her walls are torn down.
Since this is the vengeance of the Lord,
take vengeance on her;
do to her as she has done to others.
off from Babylon the sower,
and the reaper with his sickle at harvest.
Because of the sword of the oppressor
let everyone return to their own people,
let everyone flee to their own land.
Israel have a history of being subjugated by those more powerful
is a scattered flock
that lions have chased away.
The first to devour them
was the king of Assyria;
the last to crush their bones
was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.'
Thus Babylon will pay for her part in that
this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
will punish the king of Babylon and his land
as I punished the king of Assyria.
And out of it, Israel will be returned home
I will bring Israel back to their own pasture,
and they will graze on Carmel and Bashan;
their appetite will be satisfied
on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.
Israel will know a cleansing and a forgiveness
those days, at that time,'
declares the Lord,
‘search will be made for Israel's guilt,
but there will be none,
and for the sins of Judah,
but none will be found,
for I will forgive the remnant I spare.
Thus war will come against Babylon and bring her down
the land of Merathaim
and those who live in Pekod.
Pursue, kill and completely destroy them,'
declares the Lord.
‘Do everything I have commanded you.
noise of battle is in the land,
the noise of great destruction!
broken and shattered
is the hammer of the whole earth!
How desolate is Babylon
among the nations!
set a trap for you, Babylon,
and you were caught before you knew it;
you were found and captured
because you opposed the Lord.
Lord has opened his arsenal
and brought out the weapons of his wrath,
for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do
in the land of the Babylonians.
against her from afar.
Break open her granaries;
pile her up like heaps of grain.
Completely destroy her
and leave her no remnant.
all her young bulls;
let them go down to the slaughter!
Woe to them! For their day has come,
the time for them to be punished.
to the fugitives and refugees from Babylon
declaring in Zion
how the Lord our God has taken vengeance,
vengeance for his temple.
archers against Babylon,
all those who draw the bow.
Encamp all round her;
let no one escape.
Repay her for her deeds;
do to her as she has done.
For she defied the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.
her young men will fall in the streets;
all her soldiers will be silenced in that
declares the Lord .
This will be a work of God for their arrogance
I am against you, you arrogant one,'
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
‘for your day has come,
the time for you to be punished.
arrogant one will stumble and fall
and no one will help her up;
I will kindle a fire in her towns
that will consume all who are around her.'
Israel may be oppressed prisoners in another land….
is what the Lord Almighty says:
people of Israel are oppressed,
and the people of Judah as well.
All their captors hold them fast,
refusing to let them go.
…. but God is strong and will work to deliver them
their Redeemer is strong;
the Lord Almighty is his name.
He will vigorously defend their cause
so that he may bring rest to their land,
but unrest to those who live in Babylon.
So it will come about by the sword, i.e. a violent deliverance
sword against the Babylonians!'
declares the Lord –
‘against those who live in Babylon
and against her officials and wise men!
sword against her false prophets!
They will become fools.
A sword against her warriors!
They will be filled with terror.
sword against her horses and chariots
and all the foreigners in her ranks!
They will become weaklings.
A sword against her treasures!
They will be plundered.
A drought will also come to wear them down in their idolatry
drought on her waters!
They will dry up.
For it is a land of idols,
idols that will go mad with terror.
desert creatures and hyenas will live there,
and there the owl will dwell.
It will never again be inhabited
or lived in from generation to generation.
Sodom & Gomorrah are examples of what the Lord will do
I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah
along with their neighbouring towns,'
declares the Lord,
‘so no one will live there;
no people will dwell in it.
But this time it will come from a powerful army from the north
An army is coming from the north;
a great nation and many kings
are being stirred up from the ends of
are armed with bows and spears;
they are cruel and without mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
to attack you, Daughter Babylon.
When the king hears of what is coming he will tremble
king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
and his hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped him,
pain like that of a woman in labour.
a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets
to a rich pasture-land,
I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant.
Who is the chosen one I will appoint for
Who is like me and who can challenge me?
And what shepherd can stand against me?'
hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon,
what he has purposed against the land
of the Babylonians:
the young of the flock will be dragged away;
their pasture will be appalled at their
the sound of Babylon's capture the earth will tremble;
its cry will resound among the nations.
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