November 7, 2007

Jeremiah 46-48 - The Word of the LORD Concerning the Nations

From today's Bible reading:

Jeremiah 46:

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.

About Egypt.

Let the warriors go out:
men of Cush and Put who handle the shield,
men of Lud, skilled in handling the bow.

That day is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts,
a day of vengeance,
to avenge himself on his foes.
The sword shall devour and be sated
and drink its fill of their blood.

For the Lord GOD of hosts holds a sacrifice
in the north country by the river Euphrates.

Go up to Gilead, and take balm,
O virgin daughter of Egypt!
In vain you have used many medicines;
there is no healing for you.

The word that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike the land of Egypt:

As I live, declares the King,
whose name is the LORD of hosts,
like Tabor among the mountains
and like Carmel by the sea, shall one come.
Prepare yourselves baggage for exile,
O inhabitants of Egypt!
For Memphis shall become a waste,
a ruin, without inhabitant.

A beautiful heifer is Egypt,
but a biting fly from the north has come upon her.

The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, said:

Behold, I am bringing punishment upon Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh and Egypt and her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him. I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their life, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers.

Afterward Egypt shall be inhabited as in the days of old, declares the LORD.

Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
declares the LORD,
for I am with you.

I will make a full end of all the nations
to which I have driven you,
but of you I will not make a full end.

(He didn't drive them to Egypt, they went there in disobedience. As for the full end of Iraq...)

I will discipline you in just measure,
and I will by no means leave you unpunished.

Jeremiah 47:

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck down Gaza.

Ah, sword of the LORD!
How long till you are quiet?
Put yourself into your scabbard;
rest and be still!

How can it be quiet when the LORD has given it a charge?

Against Ashkelon and against the seashore he has appointed it.

Jeremiah 48:

Concerning Moab.

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

A voice! A cry from Horonaim,
‘Desolation and great destruction!’

Moab is destroyed;
her little ones have made a cry.

For at the ascent of Luhith
they go up weeping;
for at the descent of Horonaim
they have heard the distressed cry of destruction.

Flee! Save yourselves!
You will be like a juniper in the desert!

For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures,
you also shall be taken;
and Chemosh shall go into exile
with his priests and his officials.

The destroyer shall come upon every city,
and no city shall escape;
the valley shall perish,
and the plain shall be destroyed,
as the LORD has spoken.

Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and
cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

(Not what you would expect to be cursed for not doing.)

How do you say, We are heroes and mighty men of war?

The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, declares the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,
O inhabitants of Moab!
Be like the dove that nests
in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.

Gladness and joy have been taken away
from the fruitful land of Moab;
I have made the wine cease from the winepresses;
no one treads them with shouts of joy;
the shouting is not the shout of joy.

Woe to you, O Moab!
The people of Chemosh are undone,
for your sons have been taken captive,
and your daughters into captivity.

Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
in the latter days, declares the LORD.

Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

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