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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Reading from: Jeremiah 49-50.

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Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015

Reading From: Jeremiah 49-50
 

Jeremiah 49

   Concerning the Ammonites, thus saith the LORD: 'Hath Israel no sons? Hath he no heir? Why then doth their king inherit Gad, and his people dwell in his cities?

 2Therefore behold, the days come,' saith the LORD, 'that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites; and it shall be a desolate heap, and her daughters shall be burned with fire; then shall Israel be heir unto them that were his heirs,' saith the LORD.

 3'Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is despoiled! Cry, ye daughters of Rabbah; gird you with sackcloth! Lament, and run to and fro by the hedges; for their king shall go into captivity, and his priests and his princes together.

 4Why gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter, that trusted in her treasures, saying, `Who shall come unto me?'

 5Behold, I will bring a fear upon thee,' saith the Lord GOD of hosts, 'from all those that be about thee; and ye shall be driven out, every man straight forth, and none shall gather up him that wandereth.

 6And afterward I will bring back the captives of the children of Ammon,' saith the LORD.

 7Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts: 'Is wisdom no more in Teman? Is counsel perished from the prudent? Is their wisdom vanished?

 8Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, at the time that I will visit him.

 9If grape-gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? If thieves by night, they will destroy till they have enough.

 10But I have made Esau bare; I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself; his seed is despoiled, and his brethren and his neighbors, and he is no more.

 11Leave thy fatherless children; I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in Me.'

 12For thus saith the LORD: 'Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunk. And art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? Thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

 13For I have sworn by Myself,' saith the LORD, 'that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.'

 14I have heard a word from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, 'Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle!'

 15'For lo, I will make thee small among the heathen and despised among men.

 16Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill; though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence,' saith the LORD.

 17'Also Edom shall be a desolation; every one that goeth by it shall be astonished and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.

 18As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbor cities thereof,' saith the LORD, 'no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.

 19Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of the Jordan against the habitation of the strong; but I will suddenly make him 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 a time? And who is that shepherd that will stand before Me?'

 20Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD that He hath taken against Edom, and His purposes that He hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman. Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out; surely He shall make their habitations desolate with them.

 21The earth is moved at the noise of their fall; at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red Sea.

 22Behold, He shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread His wings over Bozrah; and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

 23Concerning Damascus: 'Hamath is confounded, and Arpad, for they have heard evil tidings; they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

 24Damascus is waxed feeble and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her; anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.

 25How is the city of praise not left, the city of My joy!

 26Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,' saith the LORD of hosts.

 27'And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.'

 28Concerning Kedar and concerning the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon shall smite, thus saith the LORD: 'Arise ye, go up to Kedar, and despoil the men of the East.

 29Their tents and their flocks shall they take away; they shall take for themselves their curtains and all their vessels and their camels; and they shall cry unto them, `Fear is on every side!'

 30Flee, get you far off! Dwell deep, O ye inhabitants of Hazor,' saith the LORD. 'For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath taken counsel against you, and hath conceived a purpose against you.

 31'Arise, get you up unto the wealthy nation, that dwelleth without cares,' saith the LORD, 'which have neither gates nor bars, which dwell alone.

 32And their camels shall be a booty, and the multitude of their cattle a spoil; and I will scatter into all winds them that are in the utmost corners; and I will bring their calamity from all sides thereof,' saith the LORD.

 33'And Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons, and a desolation for ever; there shall no man abide there, nor any son of man dwell in it.'

 34The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying,

 35'Thus saith the LORD of hosts: "`Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.

 36And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.

 37For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies and before them that seek their life; and I will bring evil upon them, even My fierce anger,' saith the LORD; `and I will send the sword after them till I have consumed them.

 38And I will set My throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes,' saith the LORD.

 39"`But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring back the captives of Elam,' saith the LORD.'

   

Jeremiah 50

   The word that the LORD spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet:

 2'Declare ye among the nations, and proclaim and set up a standard; proclaim 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!'

 3For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein; they shall be removed, they shall depart, both man and beast.

 4'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.

 5They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces turned thitherward, saying, `Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.'

 6My 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 resting place.

 7All who 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.'

 8'Depart out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the hegoats before the flocks.

 9For 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 destroyer; none shall return in vain.

 10And Chaldea shall be a spoil; all that despoil her shall be satisfied,' saith the LORD.

 11'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,

 12your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bore you shall be ashamed. Behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land and a desert.

 13Because 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 plagues.

 14Put 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.

 15Shout 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.

 16Cut 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.

 17'Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away. First the king of Assyria hath devoured him, and last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.'

 18Therefore 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.

 19And 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.

 20In 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.

 21'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.

 22A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction.

 23How the hammer of the whole earth is cut asunder and broken! How Babylon hath become a desolation among the nations!

 24I 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 LORD.

 25The LORD hath opened His armory 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 Chaldeans.

 26Come against her from the utmost border; open her storehouses. Cast her up as heaps and destroy her utterly; let nothing of her be left.

 27Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter. Woe unto them! For their day has come, the time of their visitation.

 28The 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.

 29'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.

 30Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day,' saith the LORD.

 31'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.

 32And 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.'

 33Thus 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 them go.

 34Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is His name. He shall thoroughly plead their cause, that He may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

 35'A sword is upon the Chaldeans,' saith the LORD, 'and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men!

 36A sword is upon the liars, and they shall dote! A sword is upon her mighty men, and they shall be dismayed!

 37A 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!

 38A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up! For it is the land of graven images, and they are mad over their idols.

 39Therefore 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.

 40As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbor cities thereof,' saith the LORD, 'so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.

 41'Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the borders of the earth.

 42They shall hold the bow and the lance; they are cruel and will not show 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.

 43The 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.

 44Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of the 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?'

 45Therefore 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 them.

 46At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.

   


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