Babylon

Babylon

 
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  • Though Babylon reaches as high as the heavens, and though she increases her strength immeasurably, I will send enemies to plunder her," says the LORD. - Jeremiah 51:53


  • Listen! Hear the cry of Babylon, the sound of great destruction from the land of the Babylonians. - Jeremiah 51:54


  • For the LORD is destroying Babylon. He will silence her. Waves of enemies pound against her; the noise of battle rings through the city. - Jeremiah 51:55


  • Destroying armies come against Babylon. Her mighty men are captured, and their weapons break in their hands. For the LORD is a God who gives just punishment, and he is giving Babylon all she deserves. - Jeremiah 51:56


  • This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The wide walls of Babylon will be leveled to the ground, and her high gates will be burned. The builders from many lands have worked in vain, for their work will be destroyed by fire!" - Jeremiah 51:58


  • The prophet Jeremiah gave this message to Zedekiah's staff officer, Seraiah son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with King Zedekiah of Judah. This was during the fourth year of Zedekiah's reign.*1 - Jeremiah 51:59


  • Jeremiah had recorded on a scroll all the terrible disasters that would soon come upon Babylon. - Jeremiah 51:60


  • He said to Seraiah, "When you get to Babylon, read aloud everything on this scroll. - Jeremiah 51:61


  • Then say, `LORD, you have said that you will destroy Babylon so that neither people nor animals will remain here. She will lie empty and abandoned forever.' - Jeremiah 51:62


  • Then say, `In this same way Babylon and her people will sink, never again to rise, because of the disasters I will bring upon her.' " This is the end of Jeremiah's messages. - Jeremiah 51:64


  • So the LORD, in his anger, finally banished the people of Jerusalem and Judah from his presence and sent them into exile. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. - Jeremiah 52:3


  • So on January 15,* during the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, King Nebuchadnezzar* of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls.1 - Jeremiah 52:4


  • Then a section of the city wall was broken down, and all the soldiers made plans to escape from the city. But since the city was surrounded by the Babylonians,* they waited for nightfall and fled through the gate between the two walls behind the king's gardens. They made a dash across the fields, in the direction of the Jordan Valley.*3 - Jeremiah 52:7


  • But the Babylonians chased after them and caught King Zedekiah on the plains of Jericho, for by then his men had all abandoned him. - Jeremiah 52:8


  • They brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, where sentence was passed against him. - Jeremiah 52:9


  • There at Riblah, the king of Babylon made Zedekiah watch as all his sons were killed; they also killed all the other leaders of Judah. - Jeremiah 52:10


  • Then they gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon. Zedekiah remained there in prison for the rest of his life. - Jeremiah 52:11
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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