The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans
by Jeremiah the prophet.
Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and
conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces;
her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her
land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both
man and beast.
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come,
they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the
LORD their God.
They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let
us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they
have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have
forgotten their restingplace.
All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not,
because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD,
the hope of their fathers.
Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans,
and be as the he goats before the flocks.
For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great
nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her;
from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none
shall return in vain.
And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the
Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage,
because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;
Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold,
the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly
desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her
Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all ye that bend the bow,
shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she hath sinned against the LORD.
Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen,
her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon
her; as she hath done, do unto her.
Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of
harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and
they shall flee every one to his own land.
Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of
Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish
the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.
And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and
Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be
sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be
found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.
Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants
of Pekod: waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the LORD, and do according to all
that I have commanded thee.
A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction.
How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become
a desolation among the nations!
I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not
aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the
The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his
indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the
Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as
heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left.
Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their
day is come, the time of their visitation.
The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in
Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.
Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against
it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work;
according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the
LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be
cut off in that day, saith the LORD.
Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy
day is come, the time that I will visit thee.
And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will
kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were
oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let
Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead
their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of
A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon,
and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and
they shall be dismayed.
A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled
people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon
her treasures; and they shall be robbed.
A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of
graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall
dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for
ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the
LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings
shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not shew mercy:
their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in
array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble:
anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.
Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the
habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a
chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me
the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and
his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least
of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with
At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard
among the nations.