Jeremiah Chapter 50 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1. 9.21. 35. The iudgement of Babylon. 4.17. 33. The redemption of Israel.
2 Declare yee among the nations, and publish, and set vp a standart, publish and conceale not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces, her idols are confounded, her Images are broken in pieces.2
6 My people hath bene lost sheepe: their shepheards haue caused them to goe astray, they haue turned them away on the mountaines: they haue gone from mountaine to hill, they haue forgotten their resting place.6
9 ¶ For loe, I will raise and cause to come vp against Babylon, an assembly of great nations from the North countrey, and they shall set themselues in aray against her, from thence shee shalbe taken: their arrowes shalbe as of a mightie expert man: none shall returne in vaine.9
15 Shout against her round about: shee hath giuen her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are throwen downe: for it is the vengeance of the Lord: take vengeance vpon her; as she hath done, doe vnto her.
16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of haruest: for feare of the oppressing sword, they shall turne euery one to his people, and they shall flee euery one to his owne lande.16
20 In those dayes, and in that time, sayth the Lord, the iniquitie of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sinnes of Iudah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserue.
21 ¶ Goe vp against the land of Merathaim, euen against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: waste and vtterly destroy after them, sayeth the Lord, and doe according to all that I haue commanded thee.21
29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all yee that bend the bow, campe against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her worke; according to all that shee hath done vnto her: for shee hath bene proud against the Lord, against the Holy one of Israel.
37 A sword is vpon their horses, and vpon their charets, and vpon all the mingled people that are in the middest of her, and they shall become as women: a sword is vpon her treasures, and they shall be robbed.
39 Therefore the wilde beasts of the desert with the wilde beastes of the Ilands shall dwel there, and the owles shall dwell therein: & it shalbe no more inhabited for euer: neither shall it bee dwelt in frō generation to generation.
42 They shall holde the bow and the lance: they are cruell and will not shewe mercy: their voice shall roare like the sea, and they shall ride vpon horses, euery one put in aray like a man to the battell, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
44 Behold, he shall come vp like a lyon from the swelling of Iordan, vnto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly runne away from her: and who is a chosen man that I may appoint ouer her? for who is like me, and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepheard that will stand before me?44
45 Therefore heare yee the counsell of the Lord that hee hath taken against Babylon, and his purposes that he hath purposed against the land of the Caldeans: surely the least of the flocke shall drawe them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.
View Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah Chapter 50
50:2 Bel - Bel and Merodach were the two principal idols of the Babylonians.
50:3 The north - From Media which lay northward to Babylon and Assyria.
50:4 In those days - In the days wherein God shall begin to execute judgment upon Babylon, (which was in the time of Cyrus) the children of Judah shall come out of captivity, and some of the children of Israel hearing that their brethren were gone out of Babylon, shall go up also from the several places into which they were disposed by the Assyrians: weeping for their sins, or for joy that God should shew them such mercy.
50:6 Their shepherds - Their civil and ecclesiastical governors have been a cause of it. The former by their wicked commands and example; the latter by example as well as doctrine. Turned them - To offer sacrifices unto idols. From mountain - From one idolatry to another. Forgotten - They have forgotten me.
50:7 Habitation - Some think this is a name here given to God, who indeed is the habitation of justice, but whether the Chaldeans would call him so, may be a question. Others therefore think the preposition in is understood, making this the aggravation of the Jews sins, that they were committed in a land which ought to have been an habitation of justice.
50:8 Remove - God commands his people to remove out of Babylon, and to go forth chearfully like the he - goats of a flock leading the way.
50:10 Satisfied - Satisfied with spoil and plunder.
50:11 Because - They rejoiced at the ruin of the Jews. Fat - The cause for which Babylon is threatened, was doubtless their luxury of all sorts commonly attending great wealth.
50:12 Mother - Your country, shall be ashamed of you, who are not able to defend her.
50:15 Given her hand - Acknowledging themselves overcome, and yielding. As she hath done - Unmerciful men find no mercy.
50:16 Every one - Either such strangers as for commerce had their abodes in Babylon, or such assistance as the Babylonians had gotten against their enemies.
50:17 Israel - The whole twelve tribes. Lions - Enemies cruel as lions had carried them into captivity.
50:20 Not found - God will no longer punish the sins of the Jews, they should be sought for as to punishment and not found. Reserve - Whom I save from the captivity of Babylon.
50:21 Merathaim - The names of some places which Cyrus took in his way to Babylon.
50:22 The land - Of Chaldea.
50:26 Open her store - houses - The granaries, or treasures of the Babylonians.
50:27 Bullocks - The great and rich men of Babylon.
50:28 The vengeance - The revenge which God had taken for his holy temple, which the Chaldeans had destroyed.
50:33 Together - Together in this place signifies no more than that they were both oppressed, or alike oppressed.
50:34 Plead - He will actually and readily effect it.
50:36 Dote - Their soothsayers and wizards shall dote, not foreseeing what will be. Dismayed - Their hearts shall fail them when this day comes.
50:37 Horses - Through they be full of chariots and horses, the enemy shall destroy them. Mingled people - People that were not native Chaldeans, but under their dominion.
50:38 Dried - This phrase has a plain reference to Cyrus's stratagem used in the surprize of Babylon; one part of it was fortified by the great river Euphrates, which Cyrus diverted by cutting several channels, 'till he had drained it so low, that it became passable for his army; others think that a want of rain is here threatened.
50:40 No man - Cyrus only made them tributaries, and took away their government. But Seleucus Nicanor, a Grecian prince, utterly destroyed Babylon, so that in the time of Adrian the Roman emperor, there was nothing left standing of that great city.
Jeremiah Chapter 50 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Hebr. by the hand of Ieremiah.
2 Hebr. lift vp.
6 Hebr. place to lye downe in.
8 Isai.48. 20. chap. 51.6. reue. 18.4.
9 Or, destroyer.
11 Heb. bigge or corpulent.
13 Chap.49. 17.
16 Or, sythe.
21 Or, of the rebels. , Or, visitation.
26 Heb. from the end. , Or, tread her.
31 Heb. pride.
32 Heb. pride.
36 Or, chiefe stayes. Heb. barres.
40 Gen.19. 25. chap. 49.18.
44 Chap.49. 19. , Iob.41.1. chap.49. 19. , Or, conuent me to plead.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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