1 Thus saith the
LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them
that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying
2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and
shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be
against her round about.
3 Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and
against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare
ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host.
4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and
they that are thrust through in her streets.
5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of
the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against
the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his
soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of
the LORD's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made
all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine;
therefore the nations are mad.
8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take
balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake
her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment
reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and
let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath
raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device
is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance
of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.
12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch
strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD
hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures,
thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I
will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall
lift up a shout against thee.
15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established
the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by
16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters
in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the
ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth
forth the wind out of his treasures.
17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded
by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and
there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their
visitation they shall perish.
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former
of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the
LORD of hosts is his name.
20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee
will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy
21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider;
and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and
with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee
will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his
flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and
his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains
24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants
of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your
sight, saith the LORD.
25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the
LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out
mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and
will make thee a burnt mountain.
26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor
a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever,
saith the LORD.
27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among
the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together
against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint
a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough
28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes,
the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the
land of his dominion.
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose
of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the
land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have
remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became
as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to
meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken
at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have
burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The
daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to
thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest
34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath
crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed
me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates,
he hath cast me out.
35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon,
shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants
of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
36 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause,
and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and
make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons,
an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lion's
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them
drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep,
and not wake, saith the LORD.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like
rams with he goats.
41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole
earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among
42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the
multitude of the waves thereof.
43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness,
a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth
out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations
shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of
Babylon shall fall.
45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye
every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that
shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year,
and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence
in the land, ruler against ruler.
47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment
upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall
be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of
48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall
sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from
the north, saith the LORD.
49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at
Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still:
remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your
51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame
hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries
of the LORD's house.
52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I
will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her
land the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she
should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall
spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction
from the land of the Chaldeans:
55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out
of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters,
a noise of their voice is uttered:
56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon,
and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken:
for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.
57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her
captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall
sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose
name is the LORD of hosts.
58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon
shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned
with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk
in the fire, and they shall be weary.
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the
son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah
the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign.
And this Seraiah was a quiet prince.
60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come
upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon,
and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;
62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this
place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither
man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this
book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the
midst of Euphrates:
64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not
rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall
be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
1 Zedekiah was
one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal
the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD, according
to all that Jehoiakim had done.
3 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem
and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that
Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the
tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar
king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem,
and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.
5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the
famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for
the people of the land.
7 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled,
and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate
between the two walls, which was by the king's garden; (now
the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by
the way of the plain.
8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and
overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army
was scattered from him.
9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king
of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment
10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before
his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon
bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him
in prison till the day of his death.
12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which
was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came
Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard, which served the king of
Babylon, into Jerusalem,
13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and
all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great
men, burned he with fire:
14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain
of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.
15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive
certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people
that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell
to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.
16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left certain of
the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.
17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD,
and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the
LORD, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them
18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and
the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith
they ministered, took they away.
19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the
caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups;
that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver
in silver, took the captain of the guard away.
20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls that were
under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of
the LORD: the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar was
eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it;
and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow.
22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one
chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon
the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also
and the pomegranates were like unto these.
23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and
all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round
24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest,
and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the
25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge
of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the
king's person, which were found in the city; and the principal
scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and
threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in
the midst of the city.
26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard took them, and brought
them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.
27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death
in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away
captive out of his own land.
28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive:
in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty:
29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away
captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons:
30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzar-adan
the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven
hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four thousand
and six hundred.
31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the
captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month,
in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach
king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the
head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out
32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne
of the kings that were with him in Babylon,
33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat
bread before him all the days of his life.
34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of
the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his
death, all the days of his life.