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CHAP. LI. God's judgment against Babylon. 633 be cut off in that day, saith the LORD. I will appoint me the time? and who is

31 Behold, I am against thee, thou most that shepherd that will stand before me? proud, saith the Lord God of hosts: for thy 45 Therefore hear ye the counsel of day is come, the time that I will visit thee. the LORD, that he hath taken against

32 And the most proud shall stumble Babylon ; and his purposes, that he hath and fall, and none shall raise him up : purposed against the land of the Chaland I will kindle a fire in his cities, and deans: Surely the least of the flocks shall it shall devour all round about him. draw them out : surely he shall make

33 | Thus saith the Lord of hosts; | their habitation desolate with them. The children of Israel and the children 46 At the noise of the taking of Babyof Judah were oppressed together : and lon the earth is moved, and the cry all that took them captives held them | heard among the nations. fast ; they refused to let him go.

CHAP. LI. 34 Their Redeemer is strong ; the God's severe judgment against Babylon LORD of hosts is his name: he shall

in revenge of Israel. throughly plead their cause, that he


HUS saith the Lord; Behold, I will may give rest to the land, and disquiet raise up against Babylon, and against the inhabitants of Babylon.

them that dwell in the midst of them that 35 ? A sword is upon the Chaldeans, rise up against me, a destroying wind; saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants 2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, of Babylon, and upon her princes, and that shall fan her, and shall empty her upon her wise men.

land : for in the day of trouble they shall 36 A sword is upon the liars; and they i be against her round about. shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty 3 Against him that bendeth let the men ; and they shall be dismayed. archer bend his bow, and against him that

37 A sword is upon their horses, and lifteth himself up in his brigandine : and upon their chariots, and upon all the spare ye not her young men ; destroy ye mingled people that are in the midst of utterly all her host. her; and they shall become as women : 4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land a sword is upon her treasures; and they of the Chaldeans, and they that are shall be robbed.

thrust through in her streets. 38 A drought is upon her waters; and 5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, they shall be dried up : for it is the land nor Judah of his Goil, of the LORD of of graven images, and they are mad hosts ; though their land was filled with upon their idols.

sin against the Holy One of Israel. 39 Therefore the wild beasts of the 6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, desert with the wild beasts of the islands and deliver every man his soul : be not shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell cut off in her iniquity ; for this is the therein : and it shall be no more inhab- time of the Lord's vengeance ; he will ited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in render unto her a recompense. from generation to generation.

7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in 40 As God overthrew Sodom and Go- the Lord's hand, that made all the earth morrah and the neighbour cities thereof, drunken : the nations have drunken of saith the Lord; so shall go man abide her wine; therefore the nations are mad. there, neither shall any son of man dwell 8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and detherein.

stroyed : howl for her ; take balm for 41 Behold, a people shall come from her pain, if so be she may be healed. the north, and a great nation, and many 9 We would have healed Babylon, but kings shall be raised up from the coasts she is not healed: forsake her, and let us of the earth.

go every one into his own country : for 42 They shall hold the bow and the her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and lance : they are cruel, and will not shew | is lifted up even to the skies. mercy : their voice shall roar like the sea, 10 The LORD hath brought forth and they shall ride upon horses, every one our righteousness : come, and let us deput in array, like a man to the battle, a- clare in Zion the work of the LORD our gainst thee, O daughter of Babylon. God.

43 The king of Babylon hath heard 11 Make bright the arrows; gather the report of them, and his hands waxed the shields: the LORD hath raised up the feeble : anguish took hold of him, and spirit of the kings of the Medes : for his pangs as of a woman in travail.

device is against Babylon, to destroy it; 44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion because it is the vengeance of the Lord, from the swelling of Jordan unto the hab- the vengeance of his temple. itation of the strong : but I will make 12 Set up the standard upon the walls them suddenly run away from her: and of Babylon, make the watch strong, set who is a chosen man, that I may appoint up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes : over her ? for who is like me?'and wholl for the LORD hath both devised and done. 634 Babylon threatened in JEREMIAH.

revenge of Israci. that which he spake against the inhab- || gether against her the kingdoms of Araitants of Babylon.

rat, Minni, and Ashchenaz ; appoint a 13 () thou that dwellest upon many captain against her; cause the horses to waters, abundant in treasures, thine end come up as the rough caterpillars. is come, and the measure of thy covet- 28 Prepare against her the nations ousness.

with the kings of the Medes, the captains 14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee all the land of his dominion. with men, as with caterpillars; and they 29 And the land shall tremble and shall lift up a shout against thee.

sorrow : for every purpose of the LORD 15 He hath made the earth by his shall be performed against Babylon, to power, he hath established the world by make the land of Babylon a desolation his wisdom, and hath stretched out the without an inhabitant. heaven by his understanding.

30 The mighty men of Babylon have 16 When he uttereth his voice, there is forborn to fight, they have remained in a multitude of waters in the heavens ; their holds: their inight hath failed; they and he caused the vapours to ascend | became as women : they have burned for from the ends of the earth : he maketh dwelling-places; her bars are broken. lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth 31 One post shall run to meet another, the wind out of his treasures.

and one messenger to meet another, to 17 Every man is brutish by his knowl- shew the king of Babylon that his city is edge ; every founder is confounded by taken at one end, the graven image : for his molten image 32 And that the passages are stopped, is falsehood,and there is no breath in them. and the reeds they have burned with fire,

18 They are vanity, the work of er- and the men of war are affrighted. ror's : in the time of their visitation they 33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, shall perish.

the God of Israel ; The daughter of Bab19 The portion of Jacob is not like ylon is like a threshing-floor, it is time them; for he is the former of all things : to thresh her : yet a little while, and the and Israel is the rod of his inheritance : 1 time of her harvest shall come. The LORD of hosts is his name.

34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Baby20 Thou art my battle-ax and weap- lon hath devoured me, he haih crushed ons of war : for with thee will I brcak | me, he hath made me an empty vessel, in pieces the nations, and with thee will I he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, destroy kingdoms;

he hath filled his belly with my delicates, 21 And with thee will I break in pieces || he hath cast me out. the horse and his rider ; and with thee 35 The violence done to me and to my will I break in pieces the chariot and his flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitrider;

ant of Zion say; and my blood upon 22 With thee also will I break in pieces the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jeruman and woman; and with thee will I salem say. break in pieces old and young ; and with 36 Therefore thus saith the LORD ; thee will I break in pieces the young | Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take man and the maid ;

vengeance for thee; and I will dry up 23 I will also break in pieces with thee her sea, and make her springs dry: the shepherd and his flock; and with thee 37 And Babylon shall become heaps, will I break in pieces the husbandman a dwelling-place for dragons, an astonand his yoke of oxen ; and with thee willishment, and an hissing, without an inI break in pieces captains and rulers. habitant.

24 And I will render unto Babylon 38 They shall roar together like lions : and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea they shall yell as lions wheips. all their evil that they have done in Zion 39 In thei neat I will make their feasts, in your sight, saith the Lord.

and I will make thein drunken, that they 25 Behold, I am against thee, O de- may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, stroying mountain, saith the LORD, which and not wake, saith the LORD. destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch 40 I will bring them down like lambs out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee to the slaughter, like rams with he-goats. down from the rocks, and will make 41 How is Sheshach taken ! and how thee a burnt mountain.

is the praise of the whole earth surprised! 26 And they shall not take of thee a how is Babylon become an astonishment stone for a corner, nor a stone for foun- among the nations ! dations; but thou shalt be desolate for- 42 "The sea is come up upon Babylon : ever, saith the LORD.

she is covered with the multitude of the 27 Set ye up a standard in the land, waves thereof. blow the trumpet among the nations, 43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry prepare the nations against her, call to 1 land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no

for ever.

Bel to be frunished.


Zedekiah rebelleth. 635 man dwelleth, neither doth any son of broken, and her high gates shall be man pass thereby.

burned with fire ; and the people shall 44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and I will bring forth out of his mouth and they shall be weary. that which he hath swallowed up : and 59 4 The word which Jeremiah the the nations shall not flow together any prophet commanded Seraiah the son of more unto him : yea, the wall of Baby- | Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went lon shall fall.

with Zedekiah the king of Judah into 45 My people, go ye out of the midst Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. of her, and deliver ye every man his soul And this Seraiah was a quiet prince. from the fierce anger of the Lord.

60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all 46 And lest your heart faint, and ye the evil that should come upon Babylon, fear for the rumour that shall be heard even all rjese words that are written ain the land ; a rumour shall both come l gainst Babylon. one year, and after that in another year 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When shall come a rumour, and violence in the thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, land, ruler against ruler.

and shalt read all these words ; 47 Therefore behold, the days come, 62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou that I will do judgment upon the graven hast spoken against this place, to cut it images of Babylon : and her whole land off, that none shall remain in it, neither shall be confounded, and all her slain | man nor beast, but that it shall he desolate shall fall in the midst of her.

48 Then the heaven and the earth, and 63 And it shall be, when thou hast made all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: an end of reading this book, that thou for the spoilers shall come unto her from shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the north, saith the LORD.

the midst of Euphrates : 49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of 64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall BabIsrael to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the ylon sink, and shall not rise from the slain of all the earth.

evil that I will bring upon her: and they 50 Ye that have escaped the sword, shall be weary. Thus far are the words go away, stand not still remember thé of Jeremialı. Lord afar off, and let Jerusalem come

CHAP. LII. into your mind.

i Zedekiah rebelleth. 4 Jerusalem is be51 We are confounded, because we sieged and taken. 8 Zedekiah's sons have heard reproach: shame hath cover- killed, and his own eyes put out. ed our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord's house.

old when he began to reign, and he 52 Wherefore behold, the days come, reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And saith the LORD, that I will do judgment his mother's name was Hamutal the upon her graven images : and through all daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. her land the wounded shall groan.

2 And he did that which was evil in 53 Though Babylon should mount up to the eyes of the LORD, according to all heaven, and though she should fortify the that Jehoiakim had done. height of her strength, yet from me shall 3 For through the anger of the LORD spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord. it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah,

54 A sound of a cry cometh from Baby- till he had cast them out from his preslon, and great destruction from the land ence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the of tlie Chaldeans :

king of Babylon. 55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Bab- 4 1 And it came to pass in the ninth ylon, and destroyed out of her the great year of his reign, in the tenth month, voice; when her waves do roar like in the tenth day of the month, that Nebgreat waters, a noise of their voice is uchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he uttered :

and all his army, against Jerusalem, and 56 Because the spoiler is come upon pitched against it, and built forts against her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty it round about. men are taken, every one of their bows 5 So the city was besieged unto the is broken : for the LORD God of recom- eleventh year of king Zedekiah. penses shall surely requite.

6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth 57 And I will make drunk her princes, day of the month, the famine was sore in and her wise men, her captains, and her the city, so that there was no bread for rulers, and 'her inighty men : and they the people of the land. shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not 7 Then the city was broken up, and all wake, saith the king, whose name is the the men of war fled, and went forth out of LORD of hosts.

the city by night by the way of the gate 58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The | between the two walls, which was by the broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly king's garden ; (now the Chaldeans were 636 Zedekiah's sons slain, and the JEREMIAH. people carried captives to Babylon. by the city round about ;) and they went it; and the thickness thereof was four by the way of the plain.

fingers : it was hollow. 8 9 But the army of the Chaldeans 22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; pursued after the king, and overtook Zed- and the height of one chapiter was five ekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all cubits, with net-work and pe.negranates his army was scattered from him.

upon the chapiters roundabout, all of 9 Then they took the king, and car- brass. The second pillar also and the ried him up unto the king of Babylon to pomegranates were like unto these. Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he 23 And there were ninety and six pomegave judgment upon him.

granates on a side ; and all the pome10 And the king of Babylon slew the granates upon the net-work were an hursons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he dred round about. slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 24. And the captain of the guard took

11 Then he put out the eyes of Zede- Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah kiah ; and the king of Babylon bound the second priest, and the three keepers him in chains, and carried him to Baby of the door: lon, and put him in prison till the day of 25 He took also out of the city an euhis death.

nuch, which had the charge of the men 12 | Now in the fifth month, in the of war; and seven men of them that tenth day of the month, which was the were near the king's person, which were nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king found in the city; and the principal of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain scribe of the host, who mustered the peoof the guard, which served the king of ple of the land ; and threescore men of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

the people of the land, that were found 13 And burned the house of the LORD, || in the midst of the city. and the king's house ; and all the houses 26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the guard took them, and brought them to great men, burned he with fire:

the king of Babylon to Riblah. 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, 27 And the king of Babylon smote that were with the captain of the guard, them, and put them to death in Ribbrake down all the walls of Jerusalem lah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah round about.

was carried away captive out of his own 15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of land. the guard carried away captive certain of 28 This is the people whom Nebuthe poor of the people, and the residue of chadrezzar carried away captive: in the the people that remained in the city, and seventh year three thousand Jews and those that fell away, that fell to the king three and twenty: of Babylon, and the rest of the multi- 29 In the eighteenth year of Nebu. tude.

chadrezzar he carried away captive from 16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two the guard left certain of the poor of the persons : land for vine-dressers and for husband- 30 In the three and twentieth year of ,men.

Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzar-adan the cap. 17 Also the pillars of brass that were tain of the guard carried away captive of in the house of the LORD, and the bases, the Jews seven hundred forty and five and the brasen sea that was in the house of persons: all the persons were four thouthe LORD, the Chaldeans brake, and sand and six hundred. carried all the brass of them to Babylon. 31 | And it came to pass in the seven

18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and thirtieth year of the captivity of and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth spoons, and all the vessels of brass where- || month, in the five and twentieth day with they ministered, took they away, of the month, that Evil-merodach king

19 And the basons, and the fire-pans, || of Babylon in the first year of his and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin candlesticks, and the spoons, and the king of Judah, and brought him forth out cups; that which was of gold in gold, of prison, and ihat which was of silver in silver, 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set took the captain of the giard away. his throne above the throne of the kings

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve that were with him in Babylon, brazen bulls that were under the bases, 33 And changed his prison garments : which king Solomon had made in the and he did continually eat bread before house of the LORD: the brass of all these him all the days of his life. vessels was without weight.

34 And for his diet, there was a can21 And concerning the pillars, the tinual diet given him of the king of Babyheight of one pillar was eighteen cubits ;-lon, every day a portion until the day at and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass "his death, all the days of his life.


sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done 1 Jerusalem's misery.for her sins : 12 Her unto me, wherewith the LORD hath af

complaint, 18 and confession of God's || flicted me in the day of his fierce anger. righteous judgments.

13 From above hath he sent fire into OW doth the city sit solitary, that my bones, and it prevaileth against them: come as a widow ! she that was great a- turned me back : he hath made me desomong the nations, and princess among the late and faint all the day. provinces, homo is she become tributary ! 14 The yoke of my transgressions is

2 She weepeth sore in the night, and bound by his hand : they are wreathed, her tears are on her cheeks: among all and come up upon my neck : he hath her lovers she hath none to comfort her : made my strength to fall, the LORD hath all her friends have dealt treacherously delivered me into their hands, from whorn with her, they are become her enemies. I am not able to rise up.

3 Judah is gone into captivity because 15 The Lord hath trodden under foot of affliction, and because of great servi- | all my mighty men in the midst of me : tude; she dwelleth among the heathen, he hath called an assembly against me she findeth no rest : all her persecutors to crush my young men : the LORD hath overtook her between the straits.

trodden the virgin, the daughter of Ju4 The ways of Zion do mourn, be- dah, as in a wine-press. cause none come to the solemn feasts: 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, | mine eye runneth down with water, beher virgins are afflicted, and she is in bit- cause the comforter that should relieve terness.

my soul is far from me: my children are 5 Her adversaries are the chief, her desolate, because the enemy prevailed. enemies prosper ; for the LORD hath af- 17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and flicted her for the multitude of her trans- ll there is none to comfort her: the Lord gressions : her children are gone into cap- hath commanded concerning Jacob, that tivity before the enemy.

his adversaries should be round about 6 And from the daughter of Zion all him : Jerusalem is as a menstruous womher beauty is departed : her princes are an among them. become like harts that find no pasture, 18 ^ The Lord is righteous; for I have and they are gone without strength before rebelled against his commandment: hear, the pursuer.

I pray you, all people, and behold my 7 Jerusalem' remembered in the days | sorrow : my virgins and my young men of her affliction and of her miseries all are gone into captivity. her pleasant things that she had in the 19 I called for my lovers, but they dedays of old, when her people fell into ceived me: my priests and mine elders the hand of the enemy, and none did help gave up the ghost in the city, while they her: the adversaries saw her, and did sought their meat to relieve their souls. mock at her sabbaths.

20 Behold, O LORD ; for I am in dis8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ; tress : my bowels are troubled ; mine therefore she is removed : all that hon- || heart turned within me ; for I have oured her despise her, because they have || grievously rebelled : abroad the sword seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth and bereaveth, at home there is as death. turneth backward.

21 They have heard that I sigh : there - 9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she is none to comfort me : all mine enemies remembereth not her last end; therefore have heard of my trouble ; they are glad she came down wonderfully : she had no that thou hast done it : thou wilt bring comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction : the day that thou hast called, and they for the enemy hath magnified himself. shall be like unto me.

10 The adversary hath spread out his 22 Let all their wickedness come behand upon all her pleasant things: for she fore thee ; and do unto them, as thou hath seen that the heathen entered into her || hast done unto me for all my transgressanctuary, whom thou didst command that !sions : for my sighs are many, and my they should not enter into thy congregation. || heart is faint. 11 All her people sighi, they seek bread;

CHAP. II. they have given their pleasant things for 1 Jeremiah lamenteth Jerusalem's misery. meat to relieve the soul : see, O LORD, 20 He complaineth thereof to God. and consider ; for I am become vile.

OW hath the LORD covered the 12.1 Is it nothing to you, all ye that daughter of Zion with a cloud in pass by ? behold, and see if there be any ll his anger, and cast down from heaven

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