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Jeremiah 51

The severe judgment of God against Babylon in revenge of Israel.

Jeremiah 51:1 Thus, saith Yahweh—Behold me! stirring up against Babylon, And against the inhabitants of the centre of them who rise up against me,—A wind that destroyeth; Jeremiah 51:2 And I will send to Babylon winnowers, And they shall winnow her, And shall empty her land,—For they are against her round about, in the day of calamity. Jeremiah 51:3 Let not the archer tread his bow, Nor lift himself up in his coat of mail,—And do not spare her young men, Devote to destruction all her host. Jeremiah 51:4 So shall they fall wounded, in the land of Chaldea,—Yea thrust through, in her streets, Jeremiah 51:5 For Israel and Judah have not been widowed, Of their God, Of Yahweh of hosts,—But, their land, hath been filled with punishment for guilt, from the Holy One of Israel. Jeremiah 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, And deliver ye every man his own life, Be not cut off in her punishment,—For it is Yahweh's, time of avenging, A recompense, is he, repaying unto her. Jeremiah 51:7 A cup of gold, was Babylon, in the hand of Yahweh, Making drunk all the earth,—Of her wine, have the nations drunk, For this cause, have the nations been acting as men who are mad. Jeremiah 51:8 Suddenly, hath Babylon fallen, and been broken,—Howl ye over her, Fetch balsam for her pain, Peradventure, she shall be healed! Jeremiah 51:9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed, Leave her, and let us go every one to his own land,—For her judgment, reacheth unto the heavens, And mounteth as far as the skies. Jeremiah 51:10 Yahweh hath brought forth our righteousnesses,—Come and let us relate in Zion, the work of Yahweh our God. Jeremiah 51:11 Polish the arrows, Lay hold of the shields,—Yahweh hath roused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, For, against Babylon, his purpose is, to destroy her,—For it is, The avenging of Yahweh, The avenging of his temple. Jeremiah 51:12 Against the walls of Babylon, Lift ye up a standard, Strengthen ye the watch, Station the watchmen, Make ready the ambuscades,—For Yahweh hath both planned, and also performed, that which he had spoken against the inhabitants of Babylon. Jeremiah 51:13 O thou who dwellest upon many waters, Who aboundest in treasures,—Come, hath thine end! The measure of thine unrighteous gain! Jeremiah 51:14 Yahweh of hosts, hath sworn, by his own soul: Surely I have filled thee with men, as with locusts, And they have answered against thee, with a shout. Jeremiah 51:15 He that, Made the earth in his might, Established the world in his wisdom,—And, in his understanding, stretched out the heavens, Jeremiah 51:16 By the voice that he uttered, there was a tumult of waters in the heavens, And he caused vapours to ascend from the end of the earth,—Lightnings for the rain, made he, And brought forth wind out of his treasures. Jeremiah 51:17 Every son of earth had become too brutish to know,—Every goldsmith, hath been put to shame, by a graven image,—For, a falsehood, is his molten image, Seeing there is no breath in them: Jeremiah 51:18 Vanity, they are, A handiwork of mockeries,—In the time of their visitation, shall they perish. Jeremiah 51:19 Not like these, is the portion of Jacob, For, the fashioner of all things, is he! And the portion of his inheritance,—Yahweh of hosts, is his name. Jeremiah 51:20 A war-club, art thou, for me, Weapons of war; Therefore will I, Beat down with thee—nations, and, Destroy with thee—kingdoms; Jeremiah 51:21 and, Beat down with thee—the horse and his rider,—and, Beat down with thee—the chariot and its rider; Jeremiah 51:22 and, Beat down with thee—man and woman, and, Beat down with thee—elder and youth, and, Beat down with thee—young man and virgin; Jeremiah 51:23 and, Beat down with thee—the shepherd and his flock, and, Beat down with thee—the plowman and his yoke;—and, Beat down with thee—governors and deputies: Jeremiah 51:24 So will I recompense to Babylon, And to all the inhabitants of Chaldea, All their wickedness which they have committed against Zion, before your eyes,—Declareth Yahweh. Jeremiah 51:25 Behold me! against thee, O destroying mountain, Declareth Yahweh, That destroyest all the earth,—Therefore will I stretch out my hand over thee, And roll thee down from the crags, And make of thee a burning, mountain: Jeremiah 51:26 So shall they not fetch from thee, A stone for a corner, nor, A stone for a foundation,—For, desolations age-abiding, shalt thou become, Declareth Yahweh. Jeremiah 51:27 Set ye up an ensign in the earth, Blow ye a horn among the nations, Hallow against her—nations, Summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz,—Set in charge against her a marshal, Bring up cavalry like hairy locusts: Jeremiah 51:28 Hallow against her—nations, With the kings of Media, With her governors and all her deputies,—And with all the land of his dominion: Jeremiah 51:29 Then did the land tremble, and was in pain,—For the plans of Yahweh, had been established against Babylon, To make the land of Babylon an astonishment, without inhabitant. Jeremiah 51:30 The heroes of Babylon have ceased, to fight, They have remained in the strongholds, Parched, is their might, They have become women,—They have set fire to her habitations, Broken, are her bars! Jeremiah 51:31 Runner to meet runner, shall they run, And teller to meet teller,—To tell the king of Babylon, That captured, is his city at the end! Jeremiah 51:32 and, The fords, have been seized, and, The reeds, have they burned with fire; and, The men of war, are dismayed! Jeremiah 51:33 For, thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, God of Israel, The daughter of Babylon, is like a threshing-floor, at the time of treading her: Yet a little, and the time of harvest shall overtake her. Jeremiah 51:34 Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon—Hath devoured me, Hath vexed me, Hath set me down as an empty vessel, He hath swallowed me like a sea-monster, He hath filled his belly with my dainties,—He hath driven me away! Jeremiah 51:35 The violence done to me and to my flesh, be upon Babylon! Shall the inhabitress of Zion say,—Yea, my blood, be upon the inhabitant of Chaldea! Shall Jerusalem say. Jeremiah 51:36 Therefore, Thus, saith Yahweh, Behold me! pleading thy cause, So then I will execute the avenging of thee; And will dry up her sea, And make dry her spring: Jeremiah 51:37 Thus shall Babylon become-Heaps, A habitation of jackals, An astonishment, and, A hissing, Without inhabitant. Jeremiah 51:38 Together, like wild lions, shall they roar,—They have growled like lions' whelps. Jeremiah 51:39 When they are heated, I will spread their banquets, And let them drink that they may become uproarious, So shall they sleep an age-abiding sleep and not wake,—Declareth Yahweh. Jeremiah 51:40 I will bring them down, As fat lambs to slaughter,—As rams, with he-goats. Jeremiah 51:41 How, hath Sheshach, been captured! How, hath the praise of all the earth, been seized! How, hath Babylon, become an astonishment among the nations! Jeremiah 51:42 The sea, hath gone up over Babylon,—With the multitude of its rolling waves, is she covered. Jeremiah 51:43 Her cities, have become, an astonishment, A land parched up, and a waste plain,—A land wherein shall no man dwell, Nor, pass through them, a son of the earth-born! Jeremiah 51:44 So will I bring punishment upon Bel in Babylon, And will bring forth what he hath swallowed, out of his mouth, And the nations, shall stream unto him no more,—Even the wall of Babylon, hath fallen! Jeremiah 51:45 Come ye forth out of her midst, O my people, And deliver ye every man his own life,—Because of the glow of the anger of Yahweh. Jeremiah 51:46 And let not your heart be timid, nor be ye afraid, Because of the report that is reported in the earth, When there shall come, in one year, the report, And, after that, in another year, the report, With violence in the earth, and ruler upon ruler. Jeremiah 51:47 Therefore, lo! days coming, when I will bring punishment upon the images of Babylon, And, all her land, shall turn pale,—Yea, all her wounded, shall fall in her midst. Jeremiah 51:48 Then shall shout over Babylon—heavens and earth, and all who are therein,—For, out of the North, shall come to her the spoilers, Declareth Yahweh. Jeremiah 51:49 Not only, hath, Babylon, caused the fall of the slain of Israel,—By Babylon, also, have fallen the slain of, all the earth. Jeremiah 51:50 Ye that have escaped the sword, depart, do not stand still,—Remember, from afar, Yahweh, Let, Jerusalem, come up on your heart:— Jeremiah 51:51 We have turned pale, for we have heard a reproach, Confusion, hath covered, our faces,—For aliens have entered upon the hallowed places of the house of Yahweh! Jeremiah 51:52 Therefore, lo! days are coming, Declareth Yahweh, When I will bring punishment upon her images; And, throughout all her land, shall the pierced, one, groan. Jeremiah 51:53 Though Babylon should mount, the heavens, And though she should fortify her strong high-place, From me, should come spoilers unto her, Declareth Yahweh. Jeremiah 51:54 A voice of outcry from Babylon! And a great crash from the land of the Chaldeans! Jeremiah 51:55 For, Yahweh, is spoiling, Babylon, And will destroy out of her the loud voice,—Though their waves have roared like many waters, Been uttered the loud boast of their voice. Jeremiah 51:56 For there hath come upon her—upon Babylon—a spoiler, And captured, are their heroes, And broken, are their bows,—For, a GOD of recompenses, is Yahweh, He will, surely repay. Jeremiah 51:57 Then will I make drunk—Her princes and her wise men, Her governors, and her deputies, and her heroes, And they shall sleep an age-abiding sleep, and not wake,—Declareth the King, Yahweh of hosts, is his name. Jeremiah 51:58 Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts—The broad walls of Babylon, shall be, laid utterly bare, And, her lofty gates, with fire, shall be burned,—And peoples shall labour for emptiness, And, populations, for the fire, shall weary themselves.

Jeremiah delivereth the book of this prophecy to Seraiah, to be cast unto Euphrates, in token of the perpetual sinking of Babylon.

Jeremiah 51:59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah into Babylon, in the fourth year of his reign,—now, Seraiah, was travelling-marshal. Jeremiah 51:60 So Jeremiah wrote, all the calamity which was to come unto Babylon, in one scroll; even all these words which have been written against Babylon. Jeremiah 51:61 Then said Jeremiah unto Seraiah,—When thou comest into Babylon, then shalt thou look out and read, all these words; Jeremiah 51:62 and thou shalt say—O Yahweh! thou thyself, hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, That there be in it no inhabitant, Neither man nor beast,—But, desolations age-abiding, shall it become! Jeremiah 51:63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this scroll, that thou shalt bind thereunto a stone, and cast it in the midst of the Euphrates. Jeremiah 51:64 Then shalt thou say,—In like manner, shall Babylon sink and not rise, Because of the calamity which I, am about to bring thereupon: So shall they perish. Thus far, are, the words of Jeremiah.

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