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Jeremiah 46

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 1 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentile nations,

 2 Of Egypt and against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was by the Euphrates river in Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah king of Judah.

 3 "Prepare you the buckler and shield and draw near to battle.

 4 Harness the horses and mount up you horsemen; stand forth with your helmets, polish your spears, and put on your armor.

 5 Therefore have I seen them terrified and retreating? Their mighty ones have been defeated and have fled, not looking back because there is fear that surrounds them," says the Lord.

 6 "Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.

 7 Who is this that rises up like the Nile in flood, whose waters move as a surging river?

 8 Egypt rises up like a flood, and his waters move like the rivers; and he said, 'I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants of it.'

 9 Come up, you horses; and rage, you chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, who handle the shield; and the Lydians who handle and bend the bow.

 10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge himself of his adversaries; and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood for the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

 11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt. In vain shall you use many medicines because you shall not be cured.

 12 The nations have heard of your shame, and your cry has filled the land for the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty, and they have both fallen together."

 13 This is the word that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet as to how Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon would come and smite the land of Egypt.

 14 "Declare in Egypt and publish in Migdol, Noph, and in Tahpanhes, saying, 'Take you positions and prepare yourselves for the sword shall devour all around you.'

 15 Why have your valiant men been swept away? They did not hold because the LORD drove them down and away.

 16 He made many to fall. Yes, they fell on each other; and they said: 'Get up and let us and let us back to our own people, and to our native land, which is away from the oppressing sword.'

 17 They cried there, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a noise; he has passed his time of appointed favor.'

 18 As I live", said the King, "whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel is by the sea, so shall he [the king of Babylon] come.

 19 O you daughter dwelling in Egypt, prepare yourself to go into captivity for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant.

 20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction comes; it comes out of the north.

 21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are in retreat, having fled away together. They did not stand because the day of their calamity and time of visitation had come upon them.

 22 The voice of those [Egyptians] shall be like a fleeing serpent for they [Babylon] shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

 23 They shall cut down her forest," says the Lord, "though it is thick and dense because they are more numerous than the locusts, which are innumerable.

 24 The daughter of Egypt shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.

 25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, said; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, Pharaoh, Egypt with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh and all those who trust in him.

 26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their lives into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his servants; and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old," says the Lord.

 27 "But do not fear O my servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed O Israel because, behold, I will save you from afar off and save your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.

 28 Do not fear, O Jacob my servant," says the Lord, "for I am with you; and I will make a full end of all the nations where I have driven you. But I will not make a full end of you, but correct you in measure; yet will I not leave you wholly unpunished."


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