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The judgment of Babylon, JEREMIAH. and redemption of Israel. thaiin, even against it, and against the in-İ 37 A sword is upon their horses, and habitants of Pekod: waste and utterly upon their chariots, and upon all the mindestroy after them, saith the Lord, and dogled people that are in the midst of her; according to all that I have commanded thee, and they shall become as women: a sword

22 A sound of battle is in the land, and is upon her treasures; and they shall be of great destruction.

robbed. 23 How is the hammer of the whole 38 A drought is upon her waters; and earth cut asunder and broken! how is they shall be dried up: for it is the land of Babylon become a desolation among the graven images, and they are mad upon nations!

their idols. 24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou 39 Therefore the wild beasts of the art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast desert with the wild beasts of the islands not aware : thou art found, and also caught, shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell because thou hast striven against the LORD. therein: and it shall be no more inhabited

25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from and hath brought forth the weapons of his generation to generation. indignation : for this is the work of the 40 As God overthrew Sodom and GoLord God of hosts in the land of the morrah and the neighbour cities thereof, Chaldeans.

saith the LORD; soshall no man abide there, 26 Come against her from the utmost neither shall any son of man dwell therein. border, open her storehouses : cast her up 41 Behold, a people shall come from the as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let north, and a great nation, and many kings nothing of her be left.

shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go 42 They shall hold the bow and the down to the slaughter: wo unto them! for lance :, they are cruel, and will not shew theirday is come, the time of theirvisitation. mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea,

28 The voice of them that flee and and they shall ride upon horses, every one escape out of the land of Babylon, to de- put in array, like a man to the battle, clare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD against thee, o daughter of Babylon. our God, the vengeance of his temple. 43 The king of Babylon hath heard the

29 Call together the archers against report of them, and his hands waxed feeBabylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp ble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs against it round about; let none thereof as of a woman in travail. escape : recompense her according to her 44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion work; according to all that she hath done, from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitdo unto her: forshe hath been proud against ation of the strong : but I will make them the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel. suddenly run away from her: and who is

30 Therefore shall her young men fall a chosen man, that I may appoint over in the streets, and all her men of warshall her? for who is like me? and who will apbe cut off in that day, saith the Lord. point me the time? and who is that shep

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

and his purposes, that he hath purposed 32. And the most proud shall stumble against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely and fall, and none shall raise him up: and the least of the flock shall draw them out: I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall surely he shall make their habitation desodevour all round about him.

late with them. 33 | Thus saith the LORD of hosts; 46* At the noise of the taking of BabyThe children of Israel and the children of lon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard Judah were oppressed together: and all among the nations. that took them captives held them fast;

CHAP. LI. they refused to let them go.

34. Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD THUS saith the Lord; Behold, I will of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly them that dwell in the midst of them that plead their cause, that he may give rest to rise up against me, a destroying wind; the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of 2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, Babylon

that shall fan her, and shallempty her land: 35 T A sword is upon the Chaldeans, for in the day of trouble they shall be saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants against her round about. of Babylon, and upon her princes, and 3 Against him that bendeth let the archer upon her wise men.

bend his bow, and against him that lifteth 36 A sword is upon the liars; and they himself up in his brigandine: and spare shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly men; and they shall be dismayed. Tall her host.

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God's Judgment on Babylon CHAP. LI.

in revenge of Israel. 4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: che Chaldeans, and they that are thrust the LORD of hosts is his name. through in her streets.

20 Thou art my battle-axe,and weapons 5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor of war: for with thee will I break in Judah of his God, of the Lord of hosts; pieces the nations, and with thee will I dethough their land was filled with sin stroy kingdoms; against the Holy One of Israel.

21 And with thee will I break in pieces 6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, the horse and his rider; and with thee will and deliver every man his soul : be not cut I break in pieces the chariot and his off in her iniquity ; for this is the time of rider; the LORD's vengeance ; he will render 22 'With thee also will I break in pieces unto her a recompense.

man and woman; and with thee will I 7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the break in pieces old and young; and with Lord's hand, that made all the earth thee will I break in pieces the young man drunken : the nations have drunken of her and the maid ; wine ; therefore the nations are mad. 23 I will also break in pieces with thee

8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and de- the shepherd and his flock; and with thee stroyed: howl for her; take balm for her will I break in pieces the husbandman and pain, if so be she may be healed. his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I

9 We would have healed Babylon, but break in pieces captains and rulers. she is not healed: forsake her, and let us 24 And I will render unto Babylon and go every one into his own country : for her to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is evil that they have done in Zion in your lifted up even to the skies.

sight, saith the LORD. 10 The LORD hath brought forth our 25 Behold, I am against thee, O derighteousness: come, and let us declare in stroying mountain, saith the Lord, which Zion the work of the Lord our God. destroyest all the earth : and I will stretch

11 Make bright the arrows; gather the out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee shields : the LORD hath raised up the down from the rocks, and will make thee spirit of the kings of the Medes : for his a burnt mountain. device is against Babylon, to destroy it ; 26 And they shall not take of thee a because it is the vengeance of the LORD, stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundathe vengeance of his temple.

tions ; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, 12 Set up the standard upon the walls of saith the LORD. Babylon, make the watch strong, set up 27 Set ye up a standard in the land, the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for blow the trumpet among the nations, prethe Lord hath both devised and done that pare the nations against her, call together which he spake against the inhabitants of against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, Babylon.

and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against 13 O thou that dwellest upon many wa-her; cause the horses to come up as the ters, abundant in treasures, thine end is rough caterpillars. come, and the measure of thy covetousness. 28 Prepare against herthe nations with

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

29 And the land shall tremble and sor15 He hath made the earth by his power, row; for every purpose of the Lord shall he hath established the world by his wis- be performed against Babylon, to make the dom, and hath stretched out the heaven by land of Babylon a desolation without an his understanding.

inhabitant. 16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a 30. The mighty men of Babylon have multitude of waters in the heavens ; and forborne to fight, they have remained in he causeth the vapours to ascend from the their holds: Their might hath failed; they ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings became as women: they have burned her with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out dwelling-places; her bars are broken, of his treasures.

31 One post shall run to meet another, 17 Every man is brutish by his know- and one messenger to meet another, to shew ledge; every founder is confounded by the the king of Babylon that his city is taken graven image: for his molten image is at one end, falsehood, and there is no breath in them. 32 And that the passages are stopped,

18 They are vanity, the work of errors : and the reeds they have burned with fire, in the time of their visitation they shall and the men of war are affrighted. perish.

33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the 19 The Portion of Jacob is not like God of Israel ; The daughter of Babylon them; for be is the former of all things: is like a threshing-floor, it is time to thresh

God's judgment on Babylon JEREMIAH.

in revenge of Israel. her : : get a little while, and the time of her 50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go harvest shall come.

away, stand not still: remember the LORD 34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Baby- afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your lon hath devoured me, he hath crushed mind. me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he 51 We are confounded, because we have hath swallowed me up, like a dragon, he heard reproach : shame hath covered our hath filled his belly with my delicates, he faces; for strangers are come into the hath cast me out.

sanctuaries of the Lord's house. 35 The violence done to me and to my 52 Wherefore behold, the days come, fesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant saith the LORD, that I will do judgment of Zion say; and, My blood upon the in- upon her graven images: and through all habitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say. her land the wounded shall groan.

36 Therefore thus saith the LORD ; Be- 53 Though Babylon should mount up hold, I will plead thy cause, and take ven- to heaven, and though she should fortify geance for thee; and I will dry up her the height of her strength, yet from me shall sea, and make her springs dry.

spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD. 37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a 54 A sound of a cry cometh from Baby. dwelling-place for dragons, an astonish-lon, and great destruction from the land of ment, and a hissing, without an inbabit- the Chaldeans: ant.

55 Because the Lord hath spoiled Ba. 38 They shall roar together like lions : bylon, and destroyed out of her the great they shall yell as lions' whelps.

voice: when her waves do roar like great 39 In their heat I will make their waters, a noise of their voice is uttered: feasts, and I will make them drunken, that 56 Because the spoiler is come upon they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD. men are taken, every one of their bows is

40'I will bring them down like lambs broken: for the LORD God of recompenses to the slaughter, like rams with he-goats. shall surely requite.

41 How is Sheshach taken ! and how is 57 And I will make drunk her princes, the praise of the whole earth surprised ! and her wise men, her captains, and her how is Babylon become an astonishment rulers, and her mighty men: and they among the nations!

shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not 42 The sea is come up upon Babylon : wake, saith the King, whose name is the she is covered with the multitude of the LORD of hosts. waves thereof.

58 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The 43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no broken, and her high gates shall be burnman dwelleth, neither doth any son of ed with fire ; and the people shall labour man pass thereby.

in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they 44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, shall be weary. and I will bring forth out of his mouth 59 The word which Jeremiah the that which he hath swallowed up: and the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of nations shall not flow together any more Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he unto him: yea, the wallof Babylon shall fall. went 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 the 46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear evil that should come upon Babylon, even for the rumour that shall be heard in the all these words that are written against land ; a rumour shall both come one year, Babylon. and after that in another year shall come a 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When rumour, and violence in the land, ruler thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and against ruler.

shalt read all these words; 47 Therefore behold, the days come, 62 Then shalt thou say, 0 LORD, thou that I will do judgment upon the graven hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, images of Babylon: and her whole land that none shall remain in it, neither man shall be confounded, and all her slain shall nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for fall in the midst of her.

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

into the midst of Euphrates : 49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of 64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Ba. Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the bylon sink, and shall not rise from the evi! slain of all the earth.

that I will bring upon her and they shall

The rebellion of Zedekiah. CHAP. LII. Jerusalem taken and spoiled. be weary. Thus far are the words of Je 15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of remiah.

the guard carried away captive certain of CHAP. LII.

the poor of the people, and the residue of ZE EDEKIAH was one and twenty years the people that remained in the city, and

old when he began to reign, and he those that fell away, that fell to the king of reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And Babylon, and the rest of the multitude. his mother's name was Hamutal the daugh 16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the ter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

guard left certain of the poor of the land 2 And he did that which was evil in the for vine-dressers and for husbandmen. eyes of the LORD, according to all that 17 Also the pillars of brass that were in Jehoiakim had done.

the house of the Lord, and the bases, and . 3 For through the anger of the Lord it the brazen sea that was in the house of the came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till LORD, the Chaldeans brake, and carried he had cast them out from his presence, all the brass of them to Babylon. that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of 18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, Babylon

and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the 4 | And it came to pass in the ninth spoons, and all the vessels of brass whereyear of his reign, in the tenth month, in with they ministered, icok they away. the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchad 19 And the basins, and the fire-pans, and rezzar king of Babylon came, he and all the bowls, and the caldrons, and the canhis army, against Jerusalem, and pitched dlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups ; against it, and built forts against it round that which was of gold in gold, and ilut about.

which was of silver in silver, took the 5 So the city was besieged unto the captain of the guard away. eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve 6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth brazen bulls that were under the bases, day of the month, the famine was sore in which king Solomon had made in the the city, so that there was no bread for house of the LORD: the brass of all these the people of the land.

vessels was without weight. 7 Then the city was broken up, and all 21 And concerning the pillars, the height the men of war fed, and went forth out of one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a of the city by night by the way of the fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and gate between the two walls, which was by the thickness thereof was four fingers: it the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans was hollow. were by the city round about :) and they 22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; went by the way of the plain.

and the height of one chapiter was five 8 | But the army of the Chaldeans pur- cubits, with net-work and pomegranates sued after the king, and overtook Zede- upon the chapiters roundabout, all of kiah in the plains of Jericho ; and all his brass. The second pillar also and the army was scattered from him.

pomegranates were like unto these. 9 Then they took the king, and carried 23 And there were ninety and six pomehim up unto the king of Babylon to Rib- granates on a side ; and all the pomelah, in the land of Hamath; where he granates upon the net-work were a hun. gave judgment upon him.

dred round about. 10° And the king of Babylon slew the 24 And the captain of the guard took sons of Zedekiah before his eyes : he slew Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. second priest, and the three keepers of the

11 Then he put out the eyes of Zede door: kiah; and the king of Babylon bound him 95 He took also out of the city aneunuch, in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and which had the charge of the men of war; put him in prison till the day of his death. and seven men of them that were near the

12 T Now in the fifth month, in the king's person, which were found in the tenth day of the month, which was the city ; and the principal scribe of the host, nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king who mustered the people of the land; and of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain threescore men of the people of the land, of the guard, which served the king of that were found in the midst of the city. Babylon, into Jerusalem,

26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the 13 And burned the house of the LORD, guard took them, and brought them to the and the king's house ; and all the houses king of Babylon to Riblah. of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the 27 And the king of Babylon smote them, great men, burned he with fire:

and put them to death in Riblah in the 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried that were with the captain of the guard, away captive out of his own land. brake down all the walls of Jerusalem 28 This is the people whom Nebuchad. round about.

Trezzar carried away captive: in the seventh

Misery of Jerusujen. LAMENTATIONS. ller complaint and confession. gear three thousand Jews and three and that Evil-merodach king of Babylon in the twenty:

first year of his reign lifted up the head of 29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchad- Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him rezzarlie carried away captive from Jerusa-forth out of prison, lem eight hundred thirty and two persons : 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set

30 In the three and twentieth yearof Ne- his throne above the throne of the kings buchadrezzar, Nebuzar-adan the captain of that were with him in Babylon, the guard carried away captive of the Jews 33 And changed his prison garments : seven hundred sorty and five persons: all the and he did continually eat bread before persons were four thousand and six hundred. him all the days of his life.

31 | And it came to pass in the seven 34 And for his diet, there was a conand thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoi- tinual diet given him of the king of Baby achin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, lon, every day a portion until the day of in the five and twentieth day of the month, his death, all the days of his life.

I The Lamentations of JEREMIAH.

| 10 The adrersary hath spread out his OW doth the city sit solitary, that was hand upon all her pleasant things : for she

, a widow ! she that was great among the na- sanctuary, whom thou didst command that tions, and princess among the provinces, they should not enter into thy congregation. how is she become tributary!

11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her they have given their pleasant things for tears are on her cheeks: among all her meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her and consider; for I am become vile. friends have dealt treacherously with her, 12 | Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass they are become her enemies.

by? behold, and see if there be any sor. 3 Judah is gone into captivity because row like unto my sorrow, which is done of affliction, and because of great servi- unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflict. tude: she dwelleth among the heathen, ed me in the day of his fierce anger. she findeth no rest : all her persccutors 13 From above hath he sent fire into my overtook her between the straits. bones, and it prevaileth against them: he

4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turnnone come to the solemn feasts: all hered me back: he hath made me desolate gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her and faint all the day. virgins are afflicteil, and she is in bitterness. 14 The yoke of my transgressions is

5 Her adversaries are the chief, her ene- bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and mies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted come up upon my neck: he hath made my her for the multitude of her transgressions : strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered her children are gone into captivity before me into their hands, from whom I am not the enemy.

able to rise up. 6 And from the daughter of Zion all her 15 The Lord hath trodden under foot beauty is departed: her princes are be- all my mighty men in the midst of me: he come like hårts that find no pasture, and hath called an assembly against me to they are gone without strength before the crush my young men: the Lord hath trodpursuer.

den the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as 7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of in a wine-press. her affliction and of her miseries all her 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, pleasant things that she had in the days of mine eye runneth down with water, beold, when her people fell into the hand of cause the comforter that should relieve my the enemy, and none did help her: the ad- soul is far from me: my children are desoversaries saw her, and did mock at her late, because the enemy prevailed. sabbaths.

17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ; there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath therefore she is removed: all that honour- commanded concerning Jacob, that his aded her despise her, because they have seen versaries should be round about him: Jeher nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turn- rusalem is as a menstruous woman among eth backward.

them. 9 Jler filthiness is in her skirts ; she re- 18 T The Lord is righteous; for I have membereth not her last end; therefore she rebelled against his commandment: hear, came down wonderfully: she had no com- I pray you, all people, and behold my sorforter. O Lord, behold my cfliction: for row: my virgins and my young men are the encay huli magusieil hiinsei gone into captivity.

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