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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 50

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The First Prophecy against Babylon. 1The word which the LORD spoke against Babylon,* against the land of the Chaldeans, through the prophet Jeremiah: o Jer 51, 1; Is 13, 1–14; 21, 1–10 .

2Announce and publish it among the nations; publish it, hide it not, but say: Babylon is taken, Bel* confounded, Merodach shattered; her images are put to shame, her idols shattered. 3A people from the north advances against her to turn her land into a desert, So that no one shall live there, because man and beast have fled away. p Jer 51, 48; Is 13, 17 . 4In those days, at that time, says the LORD, the men of Israel and of Judah shall come, Weeping as they come, to seek the LORD, their God; q Jer 3, 18; Ps 126, 6 . 5to their goal in Zion they shall ask the way. “Come, let us join ourselves to the LORD with covenant everlasting, never to be forgotten.” r Jer 31, 31; 32, 40 . 6Lost sheep were my people, their shepherds misled them, straggling on the mountains; From mountain to hill they wandered, losing the way to their fold. s Is 53, 6; 1 Pt 2, 25 . 7Whoever came upon them devoured them, and their enemies said, “We incur no guilt, Because they sinned against the LORD, the hope of their fathers, their abode of justice.” t Jer 31, 23 . 8Flee from Babylon, leave the land of the Chaldeans, be like the rams at the head of the flock. u Jer 51, 6. 45; Is 48, 20 . 9See, I am stirring up against Babylon a band of great nations from the north; from there they advance, and she shall be taken. Their arrows are arrows of the skilled warrior; none shall return without effect. v Jer 51, 27 . 10Chaldea shall be their plunder, and all her plunderers shall be enriched, says the LORD. 11Yes, rejoice and exult, you that plunder my portion; Frisk like calves on the green, snort like stallions! 12Your mother shall be sorely put to shame, she that bore you shall be abashed; See, the last of the nations, a desert, dry and waste. w Jer 51, 43; Is 13, 20ff . 13Because of the LORD’s wrath she shall be empty, and become a total desert; Everyone who passes by Babylon will be appalled and catch his breath, at all her wounds. x Jer 25, 12 . 14Take your posts encircling Babylon, you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare not your arrows, y Jer 51, 11; Is 21, 2 . 15raise the war cry against her on all sides. She surrenders, her bastions fall, her walls are torn down:* Vengeance of the LORD is this! Take revenge on her, as she has done, do to her; for she sinned against the LORD. z Jer 51, 11. 44, 58; Ps 137, 8 . 16Cut off from Babylon the sower and him who wields the sickle in harvest time! Before the destroying sword, each of them turns to his own people, everyone flees to his own land. a Is 13, 14 . 17A stray sheep was Israel that lions pursued; Formerly the king of Assyria devoured her, now Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon gnaws her bones. b 2 Kgs 17, 24; 18, 14 .

18Therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as once I punished the king of Assyria; c Is 10, 12; 14, 24f . 19But I will bring back Israel to her fold, to feed on Carmel and Bashan, And on Mount Ephraim and Gilead, till she has her fill. d Jer 23, 3; Ez 34, 13f .

20In those days, at that time, says the LORD:

They shall seek Israel's guilt, but it shall be no more, and Judah's sins, but these shall no longer be found; for I will forgive the remnant I preserve. e Jer 31, 34; Is 43, 25; Mi 7, 19 . 21Attack the land of Merathaim,* and those who live in Pekod; Slaughter and doom them, says the LORD, do all I have commanded you. 22Battle alarm in the land, dire destruction! 23How has the hammer of the whole earth been broken and shattered! What an object of horror Babylon has become among the nations. f Jer 51, 20; Is 14, 6 . 24You ensnared yourself, and were caught, O Babylon, before you knew it! You were discovered and seized, because you challenged the LORD. g Jer 51, 57 . 25The LORD opens his armory and brings forth the weapons of his wrath; For the Lord GOD of hosts has work to do in the land of the Chaldeans. h Jer 51, 11; Is 13, 5 . 26Come upon her from every side, open her granaries, Pile up her goods in heaps and doom it, leave not a remnant. 27Slay all her oxen, let them go down to the slaughter; Woe to them! their day has come, the time of their punishment. 28Listen! the fugitives, the escaped from the land of Babylon: They announce in Zion the vengeance of the LORD, our God. i Jer 51, 10f . 29Call up against Babylon archers, all who bend the bow; Encamp around her, let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; as she has done, do to her, For she insulted the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. j Jer 51, 56 . 30Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, all her warriors shall perish on that day; says the LORD. k Jer 49, 26; 51, 4 . 31I am against you, man of insolence, says the Lord GOD of hosts; For your day has come, the time for me to punish you. 32Insolence stumbles and falls; there is no one to raise him up. I will kindle in his cities a fire that shall devour everything around him. 33Thus says the LORD of hosts: Oppressed are the men of Israel, and with them the men of Judah; All their captors hold them fast and refuse to let them go. 34Strong is their avenger, whose name is LORD of hosts; He will defend their cause with success, and give rest to the earth, but unrest to those who live in Babylon. l Jer 51, 36 . 35A sword upon the Chaldeans, says the LORD, upon Babylon's people, her princes and wise men! 36A sword upon the soothsayers, that they may become fools! A sword upon her warriors, that they may tremble; 37A sword upon her motley throng, that they may become women! A sword upon her treasures, that they may be plundered; m Jer 51, 30; Na 3, 13 . 38A sword upon her waters, that they may dry up! For it is a land of idols, and they shall be made frantic by fearful things. n Jer 51, 32. 36 . 39Hence, wildcats and desert beasts shall dwell there, and ostriches shall occupy it; Never again shall it be peopled, or lived in, from age to age. o Jer 51, 37; Is 13, 21f . 40As when God overturned Sodom and Gomorrah, with their neighbors, says the LORD, Not a man shall dwell there, no human being shall tarry there. p Jer 51, 43 . 41See! a people comes from the north, a great nation, and mighty kings roused from the ends of the earth. q Jer 51, 27f . 42Bow and javelin they wield, cruel and pitiless are they; They sound like the roaring sea, as they ride forth on steeds, Each in his place for battle against you, daughter Babylon. 43The king of Babylon hears news of them, and helpless fall his hands; Anguish seizes him, throes like a mother's in childbirth. r Is 13, 7 . 44As when a lion comes up from the Jordan's thicket to the permanent feeding grounds, So I, in one instant, will drive them off, and whom I choose I will establish there; For who is like me? who calls me to account? what shepherd can stand against me? s Jer 49, 19 . 45Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD which he has taken against Babylon; Hear the plans he has made against the land of the Chaldeans: They shall be dragged away, even the smallest sheep; their own pasture shall be aghast because of them. t Jer 51, 12. 29 . 46At the cry “Babylon is captured!” the earth quakes; the outcry is heard among the nations. u Jer 51, 29 .

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