46 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah about the nations. 1
2 He spoke about Egypt and the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt which was encamped along the Euphrates River at Carchemish. Now this was the army that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated in the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was ruling 2 over Judah. 3
3 “Fall into ranks with your shields ready! 4
Prepare to march into battle!
4 Harness the horses to the chariots!
Mount your horses!
Put on your helmets and take your positions!
Sharpen you spears!
Put on your armor!
5 What do I see?” 5 says the Lord. 6
“The soldiers 7 are terrified.
They are retreating.
They have been defeated.
They are overcome with terror; 8
they desert quickly
without looking back.
6 But even the swiftest cannot get away.
Even the strongest cannot escape. 9
There in the north by the Euphrates River
they stumble and fall in defeat. 10
7 “Who is this that rises like the Nile,
like its streams 11 turbulent at flood stage?
8 Egypt rises like the Nile,
like its streams turbulent at flood stage.
Egypt says, ‘I will arise and cover the earth.
I will destroy cities and the people who inhabit them.’
9 Go ahead and 12 charge into battle, you horsemen!
Drive furiously, you charioteers!
Let the soldiers march out into battle,
those from Ethiopia and Libya who carry shields,
and those from Lydia 13 who are armed with the bow. 14
10 But that day belongs to the Lord God who rules over all. 15
It is the day when he will pay back his enemies. 16
His sword will devour them until its appetite is satisfied!
It will drink their blood until it is full! 17
For the Lord God who rules over all 18 will offer them up as a sacrifice
in the land of the north by the Euphrates River.
11 Go up to Gilead and get medicinal ointment, 19
you dear poor people of Egypt. 20
But it will prove useless no matter how much medicine you use; 21
there will be no healing for you.
12 The nations will hear of your devastating defeat. 22
your cries of distress will echo throughout the earth.
In the panic of their flight one soldier will trip over another
and both of them will fall down defeated.” 23
13 The Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah about Nebuchadnezzar coming to attack the land of Egypt. 24
14 “Make an announcement throughout Egypt.
Proclaim it in Migdol, Memphis, and Tahpanhes. 25
‘Take your positions and prepare to do battle.
For the enemy army is destroying all the nations around you.’ 26
15 Why will your soldiers 27 be defeated? 28
They will not stand because I, the Lord, will thrust 29 them down.
16 I will make many stumble. 30
They will fall over one another in their hurry to flee. 31
They will say, ‘Get up!
Let’s go back to our own people.
Let’s go back to our homelands
because the enemy is coming to destroy us.’ 32
17 There at home they will say, ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is just a big noise! 33
He has let the most opportune moment pass by.’ 34
18 I the King, whose name is the Lord who rules over all, 35 swear this:
I swear as surely as I live that 36 a conqueror is coming.
He will be as imposing as Mount Tabor is among the mountains,
as Mount Carmel is against the backdrop of the sea. 37
19 Pack your bags for exile,
you inhabitants of poor dear Egypt. 38
For Memphis will be laid waste.
It will lie in ruins 39 and be uninhabited.
20 Egypt is like a beautiful young cow.
But northern armies will attack her like swarms of stinging flies. 40
21 Even her mercenaries 41
will prove to be like pampered, 42 well-fed calves.
For they too will turn and run away.
They will not stand their ground
when 43 the time for them to be destroyed comes,
the time for them to be punished.
22 Egypt will run away, hissing like a snake, 44
as the enemy comes marching up in force.
They will come against her with axes
as if they were woodsmen chopping down trees.
23 The population of Egypt is like a vast, impenetrable forest.
But I, the Lord, affirm 45 that the enemy will cut them down.
For those who chop them down will be more numerous than locusts.
They will be too numerous to count. 46
24 Poor dear Egypt 47 will be put to shame.
She will be handed over to the people from the north.”
25 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 48 says, “I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes. 49 I will punish Egypt, its gods, and its kings. I will punish Pharaoh and all who trust in him. 50 26 I will hand them over to Nebuchadnezzar and his troops, who want to kill them. But later on, people will live in Egypt again as they did in former times. I, the Lord, affirm it!” 51
27 “You descendants of Jacob, my servants, 53 do not be afraid;
do not be terrified, people of Israel.
For I will rescue you and your descendants
from the faraway lands where you are captives. 54
The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace.
They will be secure and no one will terrify them.
28 I, the Lord, tell 55 you not to be afraid,
you descendants of Jacob, my servant,
for I am with you.
Though I completely destroy all the nations where I scatter you,
I will not completely destroy you.
I will indeed discipline you but only in due measure.
I will not allow you to go entirely unpunished.” 56
47 The Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah 1 about the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza. 2
2 “Look! Enemies are gathering in the north like water rising in a river. 3
They will be like an overflowing stream.
They will overwhelm the whole country and everything in it like a flood.
They will overwhelm the cities and their inhabitants.
People will cry out in alarm.
Everyone living in the country will cry out in pain.
3 Fathers will hear the hoofbeats of the enemies’ horses,
the clatter of their chariots and the rumbling of their wheels.
They will not turn back to save their children
because they will be paralyzed with fear. 4
4 For the time has come
to destroy all the Philistines.
The time has come to destroy all the help
that remains for Tyre 5 and Sidon. 6
For I, the Lord, will 7 destroy the Philistines,
that remnant that came from the island of Crete. 8
5 The people of Gaza will shave their heads in mourning.
The people of Ashkelon will be struck dumb.
How long will you gash yourselves to show your sorrow, 9
you who remain of Philistia’s power? 10
6 How long will you cry out, 11 ‘Oh, sword of the Lord,
how long will it be before you stop killing? 12
Go back into your sheath!
Stay there and rest!’ 13
7 But how can it rest 14
when I, the Lord, have 15 given it orders?
I have ordered it to attack
the people of Ashkelon and the seacoast. 16
48 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 spoke about Moab. 2
“Sure to be judged is Nebo! Indeed, 3 it will be destroyed!
Kiriathaim 4 will suffer disgrace. It will be captured!
Its fortress 5 will suffer disgrace. It will be torn down! 6
2 People will not praise Moab any more.
The enemy will capture Heshbon 7 and plot 8 how to destroy Moab, 9
saying, ‘Come, let’s put an end to that nation!’
City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed. 10
A destructive army will march against you. 11
3 Cries of anguish will arise in Horonaim,
‘Oh, the ruin and great destruction!’
4 “Moab will be crushed.
Her children will cry out in distress. 12
5 Indeed they will climb the slopes of Luhith,
weeping continually as they go. 13
For on the road down to Horonaim
they will hear the cries of distress over the destruction. 14
6 They will hear, ‘Run! Save yourselves!
Even if you must be like a lonely shrub in the desert!’ 15
7 “Moab, you trust in the things you do and in your riches.
So you too will be conquered.
Your god Chemosh 16 will go into exile 17
along with his priests and his officials.
8 The destroyer will come against every town.
Not one town will escape.
The towns in the valley will be destroyed.
The cities on the high plain will be laid waste. 18
I, the Lord, have spoken! 19
9 Set up a gravestone for Moab,
for it will certainly be laid in ruins! 20
Its cities will be laid waste
and become uninhabited.”
10 A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord’s work!
A curse on anyone who keeps from carrying out his destruction! 21
11 “From its earliest days Moab has lived undisturbed.
It has never been taken into exile.
Its people are like wine allowed to settle undisturbed on its dregs,
never poured out from one jar to another.
They are like wine which tastes like it always did,
whose aroma has remained unchanged. 22
12 But the time is coming when I will send
men against Moab who will empty it out.
They will empty the towns of their people,
then will lay those towns in ruins. 23
I, the Lord, affirm it! 24
13 The people of Moab will be disappointed by their god Chemosh.
They will be as disappointed as the people of Israel were
when they put their trust in the calf god at Bethel. 25
14 How can you men of Moab say, ‘We are heroes,
men who are mighty in battle?’
15 Moab will be destroyed. Its towns will be invaded.
Its finest young men will be slaughtered. 26
I, the King, the Lord who rules over all, 27 affirm it! 28
16 Moab’s destruction is at hand.
Disaster will come on it quickly.
17 Mourn for that nation, all you nations living around it,
all of you nations that know of its fame. 29
Mourn and say, ‘Alas, its powerful influence has been broken!
Its glory and power have been done away!’ 30
18 Come down from your place of honor;
sit on the dry ground, 31 you who live in Dibon. 32
For the one who will destroy Moab will attack you;
he will destroy your fortifications.
19 You who live in Aroer, 33
stand by the road and watch.
Question the man who is fleeing and the woman who is escaping.
Ask them, ‘What has happened?’
20 They will answer, ‘Moab is disgraced, for it has fallen!
Wail and cry out in mourning!
Announce along the Arnon River
that Moab has been destroyed.’
21 “Judgment will come on the cities on the high plain: 34 on Holon, Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22 on Dibon, Nebo, and Beth Diblathaim, 23 on Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul, and Beth Meon, 24 on Kerioth and Bozrah. It will come on all the towns of Moab, both far and near. 25 Moab’s might will be crushed. Its power will be broken. 35 I, the Lord, affirm it! 36
26 “Moab has vaunted itself against me.
So make him drunk with the wine of my wrath 37
until he splashes 38 around in his own vomit,
until others treat him as a laughingstock.
27 For did not you people of Moab laugh at the people of Israel?
Did you think that they were nothing but thieves, 39
that you shook your head in contempt 40
every time you talked about them? 41
28 Leave your towns, you inhabitants of Moab.
Go and live in the cliffs.
Be like a dove that makes its nest
high on the sides of a ravine. 42
29 I have heard how proud the people of Moab are,
I know how haughty they are.
I have heard how arrogant, proud, and haughty they are,
what a high opinion they have of themselves. 43
30 I, the Lord, affirm that 44 I know how arrogant they are.
But their pride is ill-founded.
Their boastings will prove to be false. 45
31 So I will weep with sorrow for Moab.
I will cry out in sadness for all of Moab.
I will moan 46 for the people of Kir Heres.
32 I will weep for the grapevines of Sibmah
just like the town of Jazer weeps over them. 47
Their branches once spread as far as the Dead Sea. 48
They reached as far as the town of Jazer. 49
The destroyer will ravage
her fig, date, 50 and grape crops.
33 Joy and gladness will disappear
from the fruitful land of Moab. 51
I will stop the flow of wine from the winepresses.
No one will stomp on the grapes there and shout for joy. 52
The shouts there will be shouts of soldiers,
not the shouts of those making wine. 53
34 Cries of anguish raised from Heshbon and Elealeh
will be sounded as far as Jahaz. 54
They will be sounded from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah.
For even the waters of Nimrim will be dried up.
35 I will put an end in Moab
to those who make offerings at her places of worship. 55
I will put an end to those who sacrifice to other gods.
I, the Lord, affirm it! 56
36 So my heart moans for Moab
like a flute playing a funeral song.
Yes, like a flute playing a funeral song,
my heart moans for the people of Kir Heres.
For the wealth they have gained will perish.
37 For all of them will shave their heads in mourning.
They will all cut off their beards to show their sorrow.
They will all make gashes in their hands.
They will all put on sackcloth. 57
38 On all the housetops in Moab
and in all its public squares
there will be nothing but mourning.
For I will break Moab like an unwanted jar.
I, the Lord, affirm it! 58
39 Oh, how shattered Moab will be!
Oh, how her people will wail!
Oh, how she will turn away 59 in shame!
Moab will become an object of ridicule,
a terrifying sight to all the nations that surround her.”
40 For the Lord says,
“Look! Like an eagle with outspread wings
a nation will swoop down on Moab. 60
41 Her towns 61 will be captured.
Her fortresses will be taken.
At that time the soldiers of Moab will be frightened
like a woman in labor. 62
42 Moab will be destroyed and no longer be a nation, 63
because she has vaunted herself against the Lord.
43 Terror, pits, and traps 64 are in store
for the people who live in Moab. 65
I, the Lord, affirm it! 66
44 Anyone who flees at the sound of terror
will fall into a pit.
Anyone who climbs out of the pit
will be caught in a trap. 67
For the time is coming
when I will punish the people of Moab. 68
I, the Lord, affirm it! 69
45 In the shadows of the walls of Heshbon
those trying to escape will stand helpless.
For a fire will burst forth from Heshbon.
Flames will shoot out from the former territory of Sihon.
They will burn the foreheads of the people of Moab,
the skulls of those war-loving people. 70
46 Moab, you are doomed! 71
You people who worship Chemosh will be destroyed.
Your sons will be taken away captive.
Your daughters will be carried away into exile. 72
47 Yet in days to come
I will reverse Moab’s ill fortune.” 73
says the Lord. 74
The judgment against Moab ends here.