THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Jeremiah prophesies the conquest of Egypt by Babylon—Jacob shall be saved and return to his own land.
word of the Lord
which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the aGentiles
Against Egypt, against the army of aPharaoh
-necho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah.
Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle.
Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your
helmets; furbish the spears, and
put on the abrigandines
Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and aturned
away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for
round about, saith the Lord
Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.
cometh up as a aflood
, whose waters are moved as the rivers?
Egypt riseth up like aa
flood, and his
waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and
will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.
Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the aLydians
, that handle and
bend the bow.
For this is
of the Lord God
of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be bsatiate
and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord God
of hosts hath a csacrifice
in the north country by the river Euphrates.
Go up into Gilead, and take abalm
, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for
thou shalt not be cured.
The nations have heard of thy ashame
, and thy cry hath filled the land: for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and
they are fallen both together.
¶ The word that the Lord
spake to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and
smite the land of aEgypt
Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in aMigdol
, and publish in Noph and in bTahpanhes
: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee.
Why are thy avaliant men
swept away? they stood not, because the Lord
did drive them.
He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword.
They did cry there, Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath passed the time appointed.
As I live, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.
O thou daughter dwelling in Egypt, furnish thyself to go into acaptivity
: for Noph shall be waste and desolate without an inhabitant.
Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.
Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.
The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.
They shall cut down her forest, saith the Lord, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable.
The daughter of Egypt shall be confounded; she shall be delivered into the hand of the people of the north.
of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish bthe
multitude of cNo
, and dPharaoh
, and Egypt, with their egods
, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all
them that trust in him:
And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be ainhabited
, as in the days of old, saith the Lord
¶ But fear not thou, O my servant aJacob
, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him
Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.