(A)Lift up a standard on the [a](B)bare hill,
Raise your voice to them,
(C)Wave the hand that they may (D)enter the doors of the nobles.
I have commanded My consecrated ones,
I have even called My (E)mighty warriors,
My proudly exulting ones,
To execute My anger.
A (F)sound of tumult on the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A sound of the uproar of kingdoms,
Of nations gathered together!
The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle.
They are coming from a far country,
From the [b](G)farthest horizons,
The Lord and His instruments of (H)indignation,
To (I)destroy the whole land.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 13:2 Or wind-swept mountain
  2. Isaiah 13:5 Lit end of heaven

Raise a banner(A) on a bare hilltop,
    shout to them;
beckon to them
    to enter the gates(B) of the nobles.
I have commanded those I prepared for battle;
    I have summoned my warriors(C) to carry out my wrath(D)
    those who rejoice(E) in my triumph.

Listen, a noise on the mountains,
    like that of a great multitude!(F)
Listen, an uproar(G) among the kingdoms,
    like nations massing together!
The Lord Almighty(H) is mustering(I)
    an army for war.
They come from faraway lands,
    from the ends of the heavens(J)
the Lord and the weapons(K) of his wrath(L)
    to destroy(M) the whole country.

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The Enemy from the North

22 Thus says the Lord,
“Behold, (A)a people is coming from the north land,
And a great nation will be aroused from the (B)remote parts of the earth.

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22 This is what the Lord says:

“Look, an army is coming
    from the land of the north;(A)
a great nation is being stirred up
    from the ends of the earth.(B)

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For a nation has come up against her out of the (A)north; it will make her land (B)an object of horror, and there will be (C)no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away!

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A nation from the north(A) will attack her
    and lay waste her land.
No one will live(B) in it;
    both people and animals(C) will flee away.

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“For behold, I am going to (A)arouse and bring up against Babylon
A horde of great nations from the land of the north,
And they will draw up their battle lines against her;
From there she will be taken captive.
Their arrows will be like [a]an expert warrior
Who does not return empty-handed.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 50:9 So some mss and versions; M.T. reads a warrior who makes childless

For I will stir(A) up and bring against Babylon
    an alliance of great nations(B) from the land of the north.(C)
They will take up their positions against her,
    and from the north she will be captured.(D)
Their arrows(E) will be like skilled warriors
    who do not return empty-handed.

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27 (A)Lift up a [a]signal in the land,
Blow a trumpet among the nations!
Consecrate the nations against her,
Summon against her the (B)kingdoms of (C)Ararat, Minni and (D)Ashkenaz;
Appoint a marshal against her,
Bring up the (E)horses like bristly locusts.
28 Consecrate the nations against her,
The kings of the Medes,
[b]Their governors and all [c]their [d]prefects,
And every land of [e]their dominion.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:27 Or standard
  2. Jeremiah 51:28 Lit Her
  3. Jeremiah 51:28 Lit Her
  4. Jeremiah 51:28 I.e. lieutenant governors
  5. Jeremiah 51:28 Lit his

27 “Lift up a banner(A) in the land!
    Blow the trumpet among the nations!
Prepare the nations for battle against her;
    summon against her these kingdoms:(B)
    Ararat,(C) Minni and Ashkenaz.(D)
Appoint a commander against her;
    send up horses like a swarm of locusts.(E)
28 Prepare the nations for battle against her—
    the kings of the Medes,(F)
their governors and all their officials,
    and all the countries they rule.(G)

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