your end has come
Jeremiah 50:21-51:14 (JDV)
Jeremiah 50:21 Attack the land of Merathaim, and those living in Pekod. Put them to the sword; completely destroy them – this is what Yahveh declares – do everything I have commanded you.
Jeremiah 50:22 The sound of war is in the land – a crushing blow!
Jeremiah 50:23 How the hammer of the whole land is cut down and smashed! What a horror Babylon has become among the nations!
Jeremiah 50:24 Babylon, I laid a trap for you, and you were caught, but you did not even know it. You were found and captured because you pitted yourself against Yahveh.
Jeremiah 50:25 Yahveh opened his armory and brought out his weapons of wrath, because it is a task of the Lord Yahveh of Armies in the land of the Chaldeans.
Jeremiah 50:26 Come against her from the farthest places. Open her granaries; pile her up like mounds of grain and completely destroy her. Leave her no remainder.
Jeremiah 50:27 Put all her young bulls to the sword; let them go down to the slaughter. Tragedy to them because their day has come, the time of their punishment.
Jeremiah 50:28 There is a voice of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon. The voice announces in Zion the vengeance of Yahveh our God, the vengeance for his temple.
Jeremiah 50:29 Summon the archers to Babylon, all who string the bow; camp all around her; let none escape. Repay her according to her deeds; just as she has done, do the same to her, because she has acted arrogantly against Yahveh, against the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 50:30 Therefore, her young men will fall in her public squares; all the warriors will perish in that day. This is what Yahveh declares.
Jeremiah 50:31 Look, I am against you, you arrogant one – this is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh of Armies – for your day has come, the time when I will punish you.
Jeremiah 50:32 The arrogant will stumble and fall with no one to pick him up. I will set fire to his cities, and it will consume everything around him.
Jeremiah 50:33 This is what Yahveh of Armies says: sons of Israel and sons of Judah alike have been oppressed. All their captors hold them tight; they refuse to release them.
Jeremiah 50:34 Their Redeemer is strong; Yahveh of Armies is his name. He will fervently champion their cause so that he might bring rest to the land but agitation to those who live in Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:35 A sword is over the Chaldeans – this is what Yahveh declares – against those who live in Babylon, against her officials, and against her sages.
Jeremiah 50:36 A sword is against the diviners, and they will act foolishly. A sword is against her heroic warriors, and they will be terrified.
Jeremiah 50:37 A sword is against his horses and chariots and against all the foreigners among them, and they will be like women. A sword is against her treasuries, and they will be plundered.
Jeremiah 50:38 A drought will come on her waters, and they will be dried up. You see, it is a land of carved images, and they go mad because of terrifying things.
Jeremiah 50:39 For this reason, desert creatures will live with hyenas, and ostriches will also live in her. It will never again be inhabited or lived in through all generations.
Jeremiah 50:40 Just as God demolished Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns – this is what Yahveh declares – so no one will live there; no human being will stay in it even temporarily as a temporary resident.
Jeremiah 50:41 Notice! A people comes from the north. A great nation and many kings will be stirred up from the remote regions of the land.
Jeremiah 50:42 They grasp bow and javelin. They are cruel and show no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses, lined up like men in battle formation against you, Daughter Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:43 The king of Babylon has heard about them; his hands have become weak. Distress has seized him – pain, like a woman in labor.
Jeremiah 50:44 “Notice, it will be like a lion coming from the thickets of the Jordan to the watered grazing land. I will chase Babylon away from her land in a flash. I will appoint whoever is chosen for her. You see, who is like me? Who will issue me a summons? Who is the shepherd who can stand against me?”
Jeremiah 50:45 Therefore, hear the plans that Yahveh has drawn up against Babylon and the strategies he has devised against the land of the Chaldeans: Certainly the flock’s little lambs will be dragged away; certainly the grazing land will be made desolate because of them.
Jeremiah 50:46 At the sound of Babylon’s conquest the land will quake; a cry will be heard among the nations.
Jeremiah 51:1 This is what Yahveh says: I am about to rouse the breath of a destroyer against Babylon and against the population of Leb-qamai.
Jeremiah 51:2 I will send strangers to Babylon who will scatter her and strip her land bare, because they will come against her from every side in the day of disaster.
Jeremiah 51:3 Don’t let the archer string his bow; don’t let him put on his armor. Don’t spare her young men; completely destroy her entire army!
Jeremiah 51:4 Those who were victims will fall in the land of the Chaldeans, those who were pierced through, in her streets.
Jeremiah 51:5 For Israel and Judah are not left widowed by their God, Yahveh of Armies, though their land is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 51:6 Leave Babylon; save your lives, each of you! Don’t perish because of her guilt. You see, this is the time of Yahveh ‘s vengeance – he will pay her what she deserves.
Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon was a gold cup in Yahveh ‘s hand, making the whole land drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore, the nations go mad.
Jeremiah 51:8 Suddenly Babylon fell and was shattered. Wail for her; get balm for her wound – perhaps she can be healed.
Jeremiah 51:9 We tried to heal Babylon, but she could not be healed. Abandon her! Let each of us go to his own land, for her judgment extends to the sky and reaches as far as the clouds.
Jeremiah 51:10 Yahveh has brought about our vindication; come, let’s tell in Zion what Yahveh our God has accomplished.
Jeremiah 51:11 Sharpen the arrows! Fill the quivers! Yahveh has roused the breath of the kings of the Medes because his plan is aimed at Babylon to destroy her, for it is Yahveh’s vengeance, vengeance for his temple.
Jeremiah 51:12 Raise up a signal flag against the walls of Babylon; fortify the watch post; set the watchmen in place; prepare the ambush. You see, Yahveh has both planned and accomplished what he has threatened against those who live in Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:13 You who reside by abundant water, rich in treasures, your end has come, your life thread is cut.
Jeremiah 51:14 Yahveh of Armies has sworn by himself: I will fill you up with men like a swarm of locusts, and they will sing the victory song over you.
your end has come
Babylon had a long and powerful reign, but even they came to their limit. Jeremiah told them that their end has come.
You and I need to keep our pride in check by staying aware that our end will come as well. Only a Savior who can raise the dead will matter then.
Lord, we thank you for the time you give us in this life. We trust in you for a permanent life afterwards, at your coming.
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