|Jeremiah 51 |
1 Thus says the Lord: "Behold, I will raise up against Babylon and against those who dwell in the midst of those who rise up against me, a destroying wind;
2 And will send to Babylon winnowers, who will winnow her and empty her land; because in the day of trouble, they shall be against her on all sides.
3 Against him that bends, let the archer bend his bow, as well against him that lifts himself up in his armor; and do not spare her young men. Utterly destroy all her host.
4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, along with those who are thrust through in her streets.
5 For Israel has not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts, even though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and every man save his soul. Do not be cut off in her iniquity. Because this is the time of the LORD's vengeance, and he will render to her a recompense.1
7 Babylon has been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken. The nations have drunk of her wine, and therefore the nations are mad.2
8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed. Wail for her and take balm for her pain; if so be she may be healed."
9 'We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone into his own country for her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 The LORD has brought forth our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields; the LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.
12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong; set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes for the LORD has both devised and done what he spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.'
13 O you that dwell upon many waters, abundant in treasures, your end is come, and the measure of your covetousness.
14 The LORD of hosts has sworn by himself, saying, "Surely I will fill you with men as numerous as locusts; and they shall lift up a shout against you."
15 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
16 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of his treasures.
17 Every man is like a beast in his knowledge. Every goldsmith is shamed by his graven images for his molten image is a lie, and there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity, the work of errors. In the time of their visitation they shall perish.
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things, and Israel is the rod of his inheritance, the LORD of hosts is his name.
20 "You are my battle axe and weapons of war for with you will I break the nations into pieces, and with you will I destroy kingdoms;
21 And with you will I break into pieces the horse and his rider; and with you will I break into pieces the chariot and his rider;
22 With you I will also break into pieces men and women; and with you will I break into pieces old and young; and with you will I break in pieces the young man and the maiden;
23 I will also break into pieces with you the shepherd and his flock; and with you will I break into pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with you will I break into pieces captains and rulers.
24 And I will render to Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight," says the Lord.
25 "Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain," says the Lord, "which destroys all the earth; and I will stretch out my hand upon you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain.
26 And they shall not cut out of you a stone for a corner, or a stone for foundations; but you shall be desolate forever," says the Lord.
27 "Set up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough locusts.
28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, their captains, all their rulers, and all the land of his dominion.
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have declined to fight, they have remained in their fortresses. Their might has failed; they became like women. They have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken.
31 One message shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are frightened."
33 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor, and it is time to thresh her. In yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
34 'Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel, he has swallowed me up like a dragon, he has filled his belly with my delicacies, he has cast me out.
35 The violence done to me and to my flesh is upon Babylon,' shall the inhabitant of Zion say; 'and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,' shall Jerusalem say."
36 Therefore thus says the Lord: "Behold, I will plead your cause, and take vengeance for you; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions. They shall yell as lions' whelps.
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake," says the Lord.
40 "I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he-goats.
41 How has Sheshach been taken! And how has their respect of the whole earth surprised! How Babylon has become an astonishment among the nations!
42 The sea has come up upon Babylon. She is covered with the multitude of its waves.
43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness; a land in which no man dwells, neither does any son of man pass thereby.
44 And I will punish Bel [their god] in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth what he has swallowed up. The nations shall not flow together any more to him. Yes, the wall of Babylon shall fall.
45 My people, go out of the midst of her, and every man save his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
46 And lest your heart faint, and you fear for the rumor that shall be heard in the land; a rumor shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come another rumor, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
47 Therefore, behold, the days comes, that I will give judgment upon the graven images of Babylon; her whole land shall be shamed, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is in it, shall sing for Babylon for the destroyers shall come to her from the north," says the Lord.
49 "As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.3
50 You who have escaped the sword, go away, do not stand still. Remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind."
51 We are disgraced because we have heard reproach. Shame has covered our faces because unclean strangers have come into the sanctuaries of the LORD's house.
52 "Therefore, behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that I will give judgment upon her graven images; and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
53 Even if Babylon could mount up to heaven, and if she could fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall destroyers come to her," says the Lord.
54 "A sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans,
55 Because the LORD has spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves roared like great waters, as a noise of their voices was uttered.
56 Because the destroyer has come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken; everyone of their bows is broken for the LORD God of recompences shall surely repay.
57 And I will make her princes drunk, her wise men, her captains, her rulers, and her mighty men; and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not awaken," said the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
58 Thus says the Lord of hosts: "The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labor in vain, and the people exhausted without quenching the fire."
59 This the word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah, the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And Seraiah was a staff [quartermaster] prince.
60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that would come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, "When you come to Babylon, and shall see, and shall read all these words;
62 Then shall you say, 'O LORD, you have spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate forever.'
63 And it shall be, when you have made an end of reading this book, that you shall bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:
64 And you shall say, 'Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her; and they shall be weary.' Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
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1 As the Lord has planned it, the physical events of the Old Testament are mirrored with the events of the New Testament. Compare Jer 51:6: Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and every man save his soul. Do not be cut off in her iniquity. Because this is the time of the LORD's vengeance, and he will render to her a recompense, with Rev 18:4:
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you do not share in her sins, and that you do not receive her plagues.
This is a warning to those in the so-called Christian sects that do not censure sin; that tell their members God excuses sin. Paul discloses the fine print of the covenant, identifying the exclusions of "just believe in Jesus to be saved:" a sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), etc. Paul also warns, You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6. And Jesus tells us: For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man. Mark 7:21-23. Everyone with any of these evils, even those who call themselves Christians, will be banned from heaven. If people with these kinds of selfish behavior were allowed in heaven, heaven would be as bad as earth. Only former sinners enter heaven. There is no such thing as a sinner saved still sinning; a saved sinner, is an oxymoron. Look at Jesus; is there any sin in him? Do you expect him to join his body in marriage to wicked people still sinning? I assure you, only the lovely, pure bride will he join.
Jer 51:45, My people, go out of the midst of her, and every man save his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD. Jer 25:33, And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
2 As the Lord has planned it, the physical events of the Old Testament are mirrored with the events of the New Testament. Compare Jer 51:7: Babylon has been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken. The nations have drunk of her wine, and therefore the nations are mad, with these verses in Revelation's prophecy:
And there followed another angel, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Rev 14:8
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed adultery with her,1 and the merchants of the earth are grown rich through the abundance of her delicacies." Rev 18:3
What is the wine they have drunk? The wine of belief that they can live their selfish lives as they please with no disapproval by God; the wine of believing that Jesus excuses their past, present, and future sins — which amounts to a license for immorality and is a pernicious lie. For Jesus said: If you sin, you are a slave to sin. John 8:34. Today's 'Christians' have no fear of God; they think Jesus excuses all sin. They sin with no remorse or fear of consequences. They think they can ignore all of Jesus' teachings, commands, and warnings, expecting him to defend them in judgment — but he will not be their excuse; instead they will hear him say: ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Mat 7:21-23. Jesus continues to warn us, saying: Sin no more! And Repent or perish! [to lose you soul ].
3 As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth. And the Whore of Babylon, the false Christian church, is drunk on the blood of the saints, drunk on the blood of spiritual Israel. As of 2009, all the earth has not been thinned of those who do not listen and obey the voice of the Lord; but it will when those in spiritual Babylon are slain. Jer 25:33, And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
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