Day 225 of 365 – August 13 - Chronological Bible

Jeremiah 59:39 (593 B.C.)

The word that Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon, in the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster.

Judgment on Babylon

Jeremiah 50:1-3

The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet:

“Declare among the nations and proclaim,

set up a banner and proclaim,

conceal it not, and say:

‘Babylon is taken,

Bel is put to shame,

Merodach is dismayed.

Her images are put to shame,

her idols are dismayed.’

“For out of the north a nation

has come up against her,

which shall make her land a desolation,

and none shall dwell in it;

both man and beast shall flee away.

Jeremiah 50:4-10

“In those days and in that time,

declares the Lord,

the people of Israel and the people of Judah

shall come together, weeping as they come,

and they shall seek the Lord their God.

They shall ask the way to Zion,

with faces turned toward it, saying,

‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord

in an everlasting covenant

that will never be forgotten.’

“My people have been lost sheep.

Their shepherds have led them astray,

turning them away on the mountains.

From mountain to hill they have gone.

They have forgotten their fold.

All who found them have devoured them,

and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty,

for they have sinned against the Lord,

their habitation of righteousness,

the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’

“Flee from the midst of Babylon,

and go out of the land of the Chaldeans,

and be as male goats before the flock.

For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon

a gathering of great nations, from the north country.

And they shall array themselves against her.

From there she shall be taken.

Their arrows are like a skilled warrior

who does not return empty-handed.

Chaldea shall be plundered;

all who plunder her shall be sated,

declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 50:11-13

Babylon Will be Shamed

“Though you rejoice, though you exult,

O plunderers of my heritage,

though you frolic like a heifer in the pasture,

and neigh like stallions,

your mother shall be utterly shamed,

and she who bore you shall be disgraced.

Behold, she shall be the last of the nations,

a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.

Because of the wrath of the Lord

she shall not be inhabited

but shall be an utter desolation;

everyone who passes by Babylon shall be appalled,

and hiss because of all her wounds.

Jeremiah 50:14-16

Vengeance Upon Babylon

Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around,

all you who bend the bow;

shoot at her, spare no arrows,

for she has sinned against the Lord.

Raise a shout against her all around;

she has surrendered; her bulwarks have fallen;

her walls are thrown down.

For this is the vengeance of the Lord:

take vengeance on her;

do to her as she has done.

Cut off from Babylon the sower,

and the one who handles the sickle

in time of harvest;

because of the sword of the oppressor, 

every one shall turn to his own people,

and every one shall flee to his own land.

Jeremiah 50:17,18

“Israel is a hunted sheep

driven away by lions.

First the king of Assyria

devoured him,

and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon

has gnawed his bones.

Therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

Behold, I am bringing punishment

on the king of Babylon and his land,

as I punished the king of Assyria.

Jeremiah 50:19,20

God Will Forgive Judah and Israel

I will restore Israel to his pasture,

and he shall feed on Carmel and in Bashan,

and his desire shall be satisfied

on the hills of Ephraim and in Gilead.

In those days and in that time,

declares the Lord,

iniquity shall be sought in Israel,

and there shall be none.

And sin in Judah,

and none shall be found,

for I will pardon those whom

I leave as a remnant.

Jeremiah 50:21-30

Destruction of Babylon

“Go up against the land of Merathaim,

and against the inhabitants of Pekod.

Kill, and devote them to destruction,

declares the Lord,

and do all that I have commanded you.

The noise of battle is in the land,

and great destruction!

How the hammer of the whole earth

is cut down and broken!

How Babylon has become a horror

among the nations!

I set a snare for you and you were taken, O Babylon,

and you did not know it;

you were found and caught,

because you opposed the Lord.

The Lord has opened his armory

and brought out the weapons of his wrath,

for the Lord God of hosts has a work to do

in the land of the Chaldeans.

Come against her from every quarter;

open her granaries;

pile her up like heaps of grain,

and devote her to destruction;

let nothing be left of her.

Kill all her bulls;

let them go down to the slaughter.

Woe to them, for their day has come,

the time of their punishment.

“A voice! They flee and escape

from the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion

the vengeance of the Lord our God,

vengeance for his temple.

“Summon archers against Babylon,

all those who bend the bow.

Encamp around her;

let no one escape.

Repay her according to her deeds;

do to her according to all that she has done.

For she has proudly defied the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel.

Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares,

and all her soldiers shall be destroyed on that day,

declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 50:31,32

Pride Causes Defeat

“Behold, I am against you, O proud one,

declares the Lord God of hosts,

for your day has come,

the time when I will punish you.

The proud one shall stumble and fall,

with none to raise him up,

and I will kindle a fire in his cities,

and it will devour all that is around him.

Jeremiah 50:33,34

Their Redeemer is Strong

“Thus says the Lord of hosts:

The people of Israel are oppressed,

and the people of Judah with them.

All who took them captive have held them fast;

they refuse to let them go.

Their Redeemer is strong;

the Lord of hosts is his name.

He will surely plead their cause,

that he may give rest to the earth,

but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon.

Jeremiah 50:35-40

“A sword against the Chaldeans,

declares the Lord,

and against the inhabitants of Babylon,

and against her officials and her wise men!

A sword against the diviners,

that they may become fools!

A sword against her warriors,

that they may be destroyed!

A sword against her horses and against her chariots,

and against all the foreign troops in her midst,

that they may become women!

A sword against all her treasures,

that they may be plundered!

A drought against her waters,

that they may be dried up!

For it is a land of images,

and they are mad over idols.

“Therefore wild beasts shall dwell

with hyenas in Babylon,

and ostriches shall dwell in her.

She shall never again have people,

nor be inhabited for all generations.

As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah

and their neighboring cities,

declares the Lord,

so no man shall dwell there,

and no son of man shall sojourn in her.

Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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