A (A)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 [a](B)farthest horizons,
The Lord and His instruments of (C)indignation,
To (D)destroy the whole land.

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  1. Isaiah 13:5 Lit end of heaven

Babylon Will Fall to the Medes

17 Behold, I am going to (A)stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not value silver or (B)take pleasure in gold.
18 And their bows will [a]mow down the (C)young men,
They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
Nor will their (D)eye pity [b]children.
19 And (E)Babylon, the (F)beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God (G)overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

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  1. Isaiah 13:18 Lit dash in pieces
  2. Isaiah 13:18 Lit sons

21 “Against the land of [a]Merathaim, go up against it,
And against the inhabitants of [b](A)Pekod.
Slay and [c]utterly destroy them,” declares the Lord,
“And do according to all that I have commanded you.
22 “The (B)noise of battle is in the land,
And great destruction.
23 “How the (C)hammer of the whole earth
Has been cut off and broken!
How Babylon has become
An object of horror among the nations!
24 “I (D)set a snare for you and you were also (E)caught, O Babylon,
While you yourself were not aware;
You have been found and also seized
Because you have engaged in (F)conflict with the Lord.”
25 The Lord has opened His armory
And has brought forth the (G)weapons of His indignation,
For it is a (H)work of the Lord [d]God of hosts
In the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come to her from the [e]farthest border;
(I)Open up her barns,
Pile her up like heaps
And [f](J)utterly destroy her,
Let nothing be left to her.
27 (K)Put all her young bulls to the sword;
Let them (L)go down to the slaughter!
Woe be upon them, for their (M)day has come,
The time of their punishment.

28 There is a (N)sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon,
To declare in Zion the (O)vengeance of the Lord our God,
Vengeance for His (P)temple.

29 “Summon [g]many against Babylon,
All those who [h]bend the bow:
Encamp against her on every side,
Let there be no escape[i].
Repay her according to her work;
(Q)According to all that she has done, so do to her;
For she has become (R)arrogant against the Lord,
Against the Holy One of Israel.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 50:21 Or Double Rebellion
  2. Jeremiah 50:21 Or Punishment
  3. Jeremiah 50:21 Lit put under the ban
  4. Jeremiah 50:25 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  5. Jeremiah 50:26 Lit end
  6. Jeremiah 50:26 Lit put under the ban
  7. Jeremiah 50:29 Another reading is archers
  8. Jeremiah 50:29 Lit tread (in order to string)
  9. Jeremiah 50:29 Some mss add to her

24 “But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of (A)Chaldea for (B)all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes,” declares the Lord.

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