Day 221 of 365 – August 9 - Chronological Bible

2 Kings 24:1 (602 B.C.)

In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years.

Then he turned and rebelled against him.

2 Kings 24:2-4 (601-597 B.C.)

Lord Sends Nations to Destroy Judah

And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servants the prophets. Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not pardon.

Jeremiah 48:1-13

Concerning Moab.

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: 

“Woe to Nebo, for it is laid waste!

Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;

the fortress is put to shame and broken down;

the renown of Moab is no more.

In Heshbon they planned disaster against her:

‘Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!’

You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence;

the sword shall pursue you.

“Hark! A cry from Horonaim,

‘Desolation and great destruction!’

Moab is destroyed;

her little ones have made a cry.

For at the ascent of Luhith

they go up weeping;

for at the descent of Horonaim

they have heard the distressed cry of destruction.

Flee! Save yourselves!

You will be like a juniper in the desert!

For, because you trusted in your works

and your treasures,

you also shall be taken;

and Chemosh shall go into exile

with his priests and his officials.

The destroyer shall come upon every city,

and no city shall escape;

the valley shall perish,

and the plain shall be destroyed,

as the Lord has spoken.

“Give wings to Moab,

for she would fly away;

her cities shall become a desolation,

with no inhabitant in them.

“Cursed is he who does the work

of the Lord with slackness,

and cursed is he who keeps back

his sword from bloodshed.

“Moab has been at ease from his youth

and has settled on his dregs;

he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,

nor has he gone into exile;

so his taste remains in him,

and his scent is not changed.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,

declares the Lord,

when I shall send to him pourers

who will pour him,

and empty his vessels

and break his jars in pieces.

Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh,

as the house of Israel was ashamed

of Bethel, their confidence.

Jeremiah 48:14-28

“How do you say, ‘We are heroes

and mighty men of war’?

The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up,

and the choicest of his young men

have gone down to slaughter,

declares the King, whose name

is the Lord of hosts.

The calamity of Moab is near at hand,

and his affliction hastens swiftly.

Grieve for him, all you who are around him,

and all who know his name;

say, ‘How the mighty scepter is broken,

the glorious staff.’

“Come down from your glory,

and sit on the parched ground,

O inhabitant of Dibon!

For the destroyer of Moab

has come up against you;

he has destroyed your strongholds.

Stand by the way and watch,

O inhabitant of Aroer!

Ask him who flees and her who escapes; say,

‘What has happened?’

Moab is put to shame, for it is broken;

wail and cry!

Tell it beside the Arnon,

that Moab is laid waste.

“Judgment has come upon the tableland,

upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath,

and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth- iblathaim,

and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon,

and Kerioth, and Bozrah,

and all the cities of the land of Moab,

far and near.

The horn of Moab is cut off,

and his arm is broken,

declares the Lord.

“Make him drunk,

because he magnified himself

against the Lord,

so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit,

and he too shall be held in derision.

Was not Israel a derision to you?

Was he found among thieves,

that whenever you spoke of him

you wagged your head?

“Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,

O inhabitants of Moab!

Be like the dove that nests in the sides

of the mouth of a gorge.

Jeremiah 48:29-39

We have heard of the pride of Moab—

he is very proud—

of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance,

and the haughtiness of his heart.

I know his insolence, declares the Lord;

his boasts are false,

his deeds are false.

Therefore I wail for Moab;

I cry out for all Moab;

for the men of Kir-hareseth I mourn.

More than for Jazer I weep for you,

O vine of Sibmah!

Your branches passed over the sea,

reached to the Sea of Jazer;

on your summer fruits and your grapes

the destroyer has fallen.

Gladness and joy have been taken away

from the fruitful land of Moab;

I have made the wine cease from the winepresses;

no one treads them with shouts of joy;

the shouting

is not the shout of joy.

“From the outcry at Heshbon

even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz

they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim

and Eglath-shelishiyah.

For the waters of Nimrim

also have become desolate.

And I will bring to an end in Moab,

declares the Lord,

him who offers sacrifice in the high place

and makes offerings to his god.

Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute,

and my heart moans like a flute

for the men of Kir-hareseth.

Therefore the riches they gained

have perished.

“For every head is shaved

and every beard cut off.

On all the hands are gashes,

and around the waist is sackcloth.

On all the housetops of Moab

and in the squares

there is nothing but lamentation,

for I have broken Moab

like a vessel for which no one cares,

declares the Lord.

How it is broken! How they wail!

How Moab has turned his back in shame!

So Moab has become a derision

and a horror to all that are around him.”

Jeremiah 48:40-47

For thus says the Lord:

“Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle

and spread his wings against Moab;

the cities shall be taken

and the strongholds seized.

The heart of the warriors of Moab

shall be in that day like the heart

of a woman in her birth pains;

Moab shall be destroyed

and be no longer a people,

because he magnified himself

against the Lord.

Terror, pit, and snare are before you,

O inhabitant of Moab!

declares the Lord.

He who flees from the terror

shall fall into the pit,

and he who climbs out of the pit

shall be caught in the snare.

For I will bring these things upon Moab,

the year of their punishment,

declares the Lord.

“In the shadow of Heshbon

fugitives stop without strength,

for fire came out from Heshbon,

flame from the house of Sihon;

it has destroyed the forehead of Moab,

the crown of the sons of tumult.

Woe to you, O Moab!

The people of Chemosh are undone,

for your sons have been taken captive,

and your daughters into captivity.

Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab

in the latter days,"

declares the Lord.

Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

Jeremiah 49:1-6

Judgment on Ammon

Concerning the Ammonites.

Thus says the Lord: 

“Has Israel no sons?

Has he no heir?

Why then has Milcom dispossessed Gad,

and his people settled in its cities?

Therefore, behold, the days are coming,

declares the Lord,

when I will cause the battle cry to be heard

against Rabbah of the Ammonites;

it shall become a desolate mound,

and its villages shall be burned with fire;

then Israel shall dispossess

those who dispossessed him,

says the Lord.

“Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is laid waste!

Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah!

put on sackcloth, lament,

and run to and fro among the hedges!

For Milcom shall go into exile,

with his priests and his officials.

Why do you boast of your valleys,

O faithless daughter,

who trusted in her treasures, saying,

‘Who will come against me?’

Behold, I will bring terror upon you,

declares the Lord God of hosts,

from all who are around you,

and you shall be driven out,

every man straight before him,

with none to gather the fugitives.

“But afterward I will restore the fortunes

of the Ammonites,

declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 49:7-22

Judgment on Edom

Concerning Edom.

Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Is wisdom no more in Teman?

Has counsel perished from the prudent?

Has their wisdom vanished?

Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths,

O inhabitants of Dedan!

For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him,

the time when I punish him.

If grape-gatherers came to you,

would they not leave gleanings?

If thieves came by night,

would they not destroy

only enough for themselves?

But I have stripped Esau bare;

I have uncovered his hiding places,

and he is not able to conceal himself.

His children are destroyed,

and his brothers, and his neighbors;

and he is no more.

Leave your fatherless children;

I will keep them alive;

and let your widows trust in me.”

For thus says the Lord: “If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink. For I have sworn by myself, declares the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a horror, a taunt, a waste, and a curse, and all her cities shall be perpetual wastes.”

I have heard a message from the Lord,

and an envoy has been sent among the nations:

“Gather yourselves together and come against her,

and rise up for battle!

For behold, I will make you small among the nations,

despised among mankind.

The horror you inspire has deceived you,

and the pride of your heart,

you who live in the clefts of the rock,

who hold the height of the hill.

Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s,

I will bring you down from there,

declares the Lord.

“Edom shall become a horror.

Everyone who passes by it will be horrified

and will hiss because of all its disasters.

As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their

neighboring cities were overthrown,

says the Lord,

no man shall dwell there,

no man shall sojourn in her.

Behold, like a lion coming up from the jungle

of the Jordan against a perennial pasture,

I will suddenly make him run away from her.

And I will appoint over her whomever I choose.

For who is like me? Who will summon me?

What shepherd can stand before me?

Therefore hear the plan that the Lord

has made against Edom

and the purposes that he has formed

against the inhabitants of Teman:

Even the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away.

Surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate.

At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble;

the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea.

Behold, one shall mount up and fly swiftly like an eagle

and spread his wings against Bozrah,

and the heart of the warriors of Edom

shall be in that day like the heart

of a woman in her birth pains.”

Jeremiah 49:23-27

Judgment on Damascus

Concerning Damascus:

“Hamath and Arpad are confounded,

for they have heard bad news;

they melt in fear,

they are troubled like the sea

that cannot be quiet.

Damascus has become feeble,

she turned to flee,

and panic seized her;

anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her,

as of a woman in labor.

How is the famous city not forsaken,

the city of my joy?

Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares,

and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day,

declares the Lord of hosts.

And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,

and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.”

Jeremiah 49:28-33

Judgment on Kedar and Hazor

Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon struck down.