the devourer, devoured
Jeremiah 51:20-35 (JDV)
Jeremiah 51:20 You are my war club, my weapons of war. With you I will smash nations; with you I will bring kingdoms to ruin.
Jeremiah 51:21 With you I will smash the horse and its rider; with you I will smash the chariot and its rider.
Jeremiah 51:22 With you I will smash man and woman; with you I will smash the old man and the youth; with you I will smash the young man and the young woman.
Jeremiah 51:23 With you I will smash the shepherd and his flock; with you I will smash the farmer and his ox-team. With you I will smash governors and officials.
Jeremiah 51:24 “Before your very eyes, I will repay Babylon and all the residents of Chaldea for all their evil they have done in Zion.” This is what Yahveh declares.
Jeremiah 51:25 Look, I am against you, devastating mountain. This is what Yahveh declares. You devastate the whole land. I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you down from the cliffs, and turn you into a charred mountain.
Jeremiah 51:26 No one will be able to retrieve a cornerstone or a foundation stone from you, because you will become a permanent desolation. This is what Yahveh declares.
Jeremiah 51:27 Raise a signal flag in the land; blow a ram’s horn among the nations; commit the nations against her. Summon kingdoms against her – Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. Appoint a marshal against her; bring up horses like a swarm of locusts.
Jeremiah 51:28 Commit the nations for battle against her – the kings of Media, her governors and all her officials, and all the lands they rule.
Jeremiah 51:29 The land quakes and trembles because Yahveh’s intentions against Babylon stand: to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant.
Jeremiah 51:30 Babylon’s warriors have stopped fighting; they sit in their strongholds. Their might is exhausted; they have become like women. Babylon’s homes have been set ablaze, her gate bars are shattered.
Jeremiah 51:31 Messenger races to meet messenger, and herald to meet herald, to announce to the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end.
Jeremiah 51:32 The fords have been seized, the marshes set on fire, and the fighting men are terrified.
Jeremiah 51:33 You see, this is what Yahveh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trampled. In just a little while her harvest time will come.
Jeremiah 51:34 “King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has devoured me; he has crushed me. He has set me aside like an empty dish; he has swallowed me like a sea monster; he filled his belly with my delicacies; he has vomited me out.
Jeremiah 51:35 Let the violence done to me and my family be done to Babylon,” says the inhabitant of Zion. “Let my blood be on the inhabitants of Chaldea,” says Jerusalem.
the devourer, devoured
Jeremiah’s message to Babylon is that they have devoured many nations, including God’s nation. It is now their turn to be devoured.
Evil continues to take advantage of weak and helpless people, devouring them. But God has a word for all of us. He is fed up with the oppression and violence, and he is going to devour the devourers.
Lord, we trust you to bring justice to those eaten up by evil.
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