1. The Oracle that the Lord declared regarding Babylon and the Land of the Chaldeans by the hand* of Jeremiah the Prophet.
2. Show it among the nations and let it be heard; and take up the flags, let it be heard and do not hide it; say it: Babylon has been seized, Bel has fallen and Marduk has been buried -- its idols have been put to shame and its reliefs have been broken.
3. For a nation shall rise up against her from the North, [a nation] that will turn the land into a ruin, and it shall not be possible to settle on it; [both] humans and animals took off* and left.
4. "In those days and in that season," said the Lord, "there shall come the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah, together as one; they shall return, begging and crying, for their Lord God.
5. "On the paths of Zion they shall ask with their faces,* 'Come, let our covenant be forever* with the Lord, [a covenant] that can never be lost.'
6. "My people were treated like sheep, their shepherds misled them and on the mountains they scattered them; they went from mountain to highland and became lost in their own pastures.
7. "Whoever finds them, consumes them and their enemies have said, 'We shall not forgive them,* on account* of they sinned against the Lord and His Holy Abode and the Hope of their ancestors, [Who is] the Lord Himself.'"
8. "Flee out of Babylon, and go out from the land of the Chaldeans, and be like the rams* before the flocks.
9. "For, behold, I shall awaken and bring up against Babylon a great throng of nations from the land of the North and they shall overwhelm her, and it is from there that she shall be taken -- their arrows shall be like the man who is capable and shall not return empty-handed.
10. "And the land of Chaldee shall be [the object of] plunder and all its plunderers shall have their fill,"* said the Lord.
11. "Because you shall be glad and because you shall celebrate at the head of my inheritance,* and you shall be slain like the fatted calves on account of your taste and writhe like the rams of the flock.
12. "For your mother has been put to shame well and she has buried down your birth: behold, the end of nations that resemble the wastelands of war and arenas of the sword."*
13. "Because* of the wrath of the Lord she shall not be settled and she shall remain a haunt, all of it, and whoever passes by Babylon shall be astonished and whistle over all her plagues."
14. Close in around Babylon all those who know how to shoot with the bow, shoot at her; do not spare the arrows, for it is against the Lord that she has sinned.
15. "They hurrahed from all around; she gave out her hand,* her foundations collapsed, her walls came hurtling down, because it was the Lord's salvation Who rose up in her; to the extent that she did, do to her.
16. "And they [drove away] the sower from Babylon and he took up the sickle at the season of harvest; because of the attacker's sword each man turns to his own people and every man flees to his own land.
17. "Nurtured in exile, Israel, [it was] the lions that exiled [Israel.] First it was the King of Ashur that ate him, and this last one it was Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, that fatted himself on him."
18. Because of that , thus said the Almighty Lord the God of Israel, "Behold, I shall impel* the Kings of Babylon and his land, as I impelled the King of Ashur.
19. "And I shall return Israel to their abode; they shall shepherd [their flocks] in Carmela and Mathnein, by Mount Aprim and in Gilead, and their soul shall be fulfilled."*
20. "In those days and in that season," said the Almighty Lord, "they shall prey regarding the abomination of Israel but there shall be none, and the sin of Judea, but it shall not be found, because I shall forgive the rest of them that remain."
21.* "They climbed upon the land of precipitous heights, they climbed against its inhabitants; they contemplated war and their destruction," said the Lord, "and you did as you were commanded.
22. "[There was] the sound of war in the land and much destruction.
23. "This is how I broke and removed the suppressor of the whole earth, such that Babylon became [an object] of astonishment among the nations.
24. "You weighed Babylon [in the balance] and you also seized her and [yet] you did not know that it was against the Lord that she stood."
25. The Lord has opened his cache and released the vessels of his wrath, because he is a servant for the Almighty God in the land of the Chaldeans.
26. Go up against her from all around her, open her gates, penetrate her as a naked one and ruin her and do not forgive her later.
27. Ruin her and all her fairies shall be delivered to death; woe to them whose Day has come, the season of their sentencing.
28. The sound of the fleeing and the exiting from the land of Babylon, so as to show in Zion the covenant* of our Lord God and the covenant* of His temple.
29. Hear this against Babylon, everyone, whoever knows how to shoot with the bow, let them shoot against her from all around; do not forgive her later; repay her according to her recompense and as she did do, do to her, because it is against the Lord she grumbled and against the holy of Israel.
30. Because of that there fell her youth in the midst of her and all her men of war* were silenced on that Day.
31. "Behold, I speak of you, O Grumbler," said the Almighty Lord, "because your Day has arrived, the season of your sentencing."
32. And the Grumbler stumbled and fell, and there is no one who can raise him up and the fire was allowed [to burn] in his cities and it shall devour all around him.
33. Thus said the Omniscient Lord, "The Children of Israel and the Children of Judah are oppressed likewise, and whoever takes them captive keeps them tightly* and does not wish to send them forth."
34. Their Savior is Supremely capable, the Almighty Lord is His Name; He shall surely judge their debt* and requite the earth, and His wrath shall be upon all the inhabitants of the civilized world.*
35. "War against the Chaldeans," said the Lord, "and against all the inhabitants of Babylon, against the war lords and against the wise men.*
36. "War against her fortune tellers, and they shall be confused; war against her giant men and they shall be broken.
37. "War against her cavalry and their chariots and against all the inhabitants within her -- they shall become like women -- war against her treasures, as* they will be plundered.
38. "War against her waters as* they are defiled, because this is the land of those who carve out images and whose pride is in idols."
39. Because of that there shall reside in her sirens and harlots; she shall not rule* forever, nor will she be settled one century after another.*
40. And she will become like Sodom and Gomorrah, as God wiped* them out together with their peoples; no man and no human being ever lived there again.
41. Behold, a nation comes from the North, a great multitude,* and many kings shall rise* from the edges* of the earth.
42. They are armed with bows and spears; they are evil without mercy; their sound is like the roaring sea,* and they ride upon horses; they are wont to battle like giants -- against you, O daughter of Babylon.
43. The King of Babylon heard the news* and his hands lost their grip,* consternation overtook him and the throes of childbirth like those of a woman giving birth;* "Behold, like a lion rising from the depth of [the River] Jordan in the Age* when I come," for with haste he shall push them from him and he shall command the youth against [Babylon,] for who is like Him? "And who shall dare to confront me? Or who is the shepherd that can stand against me?"
44. Because of that listen to the counsel of the Lord that He imposed* over Babylon and His intentions that He contemplated* against the Land of the Chaldeans, that even the sheep with the least amount [of wool] shall be shorn again and that even their pastures shall be locked against them.
45. From the sound of Babylon being captured the earth shall tremble; her wailing shall be heard among the nations.
*50:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Through."
*50:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Jumped out."
*50:5.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "It is written on their faces."
*50:5.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "To the end of the universe."
*50:7.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Shall not leave them."
*50:7.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Over."
*50:8 Lit. Aramaic word: "Tiesheh." NB! The prophesy regarding the Jews who went out to preach the Gospel of Eashoa (Jesus).
*50:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Shall be satisfied."
*50:11 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "On account of."
*50:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Wilderness of the sword and the hunt."
*50:13 Lit. Ar. id.: "From."
*50:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "She surrendered."
*50:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "Command over."
*50:19 Lit. Ar. id.: "Satisfied."
*50:21 NB! This verse has been totally distorted by Western translators into different meanings.
*50:28.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "His upholding of."
*50:28.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "The upholding of."
*50:30 Lit. Ar. id.: "Warring men."
*50:33 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Grabs with them."
*50:34.1 Lit. Ar. poetic construction: "Judgingly He shall judge their judgment."
*50:34.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Habitation," "major settlement," or "universal habitat."
*50:35 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And upon the lords and upon the wise."
*50:37 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*50:38 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*50:39.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sit."
*50:39.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Century after century."
*50:40 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reversed."
*50:41.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Nation."
*50:41.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Jump up."
*50:41.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lips."
*50:42 Lit. Ar. id.: "Like the sea that wrestles."
*50:43.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Their hearing."
*50:43.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Became lame."
*50:43.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Birther."
*50:43.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Century."
*50:44.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Counseled against."
*50:44.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "His intent that he intended."
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