The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 46:1–26

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The word of YHWH which came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.

In the beginning of the reign of king Sedekias, there came this word concerning Ælam.

The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles,

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Of Egypt: concerning the army of Pharaoh-neco 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.

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Make ready buckler and shield, and draw near to battle.

“ ‘Prepare the heavy and the light shield, and advance to war!

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take up the buckler and shield and draw near to battle.

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Harness the horses, and mount, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, put on the coats of mail.

Jer26:3  and harness the horses: mount, ye horsemen, and stand ready in your helmets; advance the spears, and put on your breast-plates.

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Wherefore do I see them dismayed and turned backward? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and they are fled apace, and look not back; terror is on every side, saith YHWH.

Jer26:4  Why do they fear, and turn back? even because their mighty men shall be slain: they have utterly fled, and being hemmed in they have not rallied, saith the Lord.

And what is next? I have seen them terrified, and turning their backs, their strong ones cut down. They have fled in disorder and have not looked back. Terror on every side, says the Lord.

The swift cannot flee away, nor the mighty man escape; in the north by the river Euphrates have they stumbled and fallen.

Jer26:5  Let not the swift flee, and let not the mighty man escape to the north: the forces at Euphrates are become feeble, and they have fallen.

Let not the swift take flight; let not the strong ones think to save themselves. They have been conquered and ruined, toward the north, near the river Euphrates.

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Who is this like the Nile that riseth up, like the rivers whose waters toss themselves?

Jer26:6  Who is this that shall come up as a river, and as rivers roll their waves?

Who is this, who ascends like a flood, and whose streams swell up, like those of the rivers?

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Egypt is like the Nile that riseth up, and like the rivers whose waters toss themselves; and he saith: 'I will rise up, I will cover the earth, I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.'

Jer26:7  The waters of Egypt shall come up like a river: and he said, I will go up, and will cover the earth, and will destroy the dwellers in it.

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Prance, ye horses, and rush madly, ye chariots; and let the mighty men go forth: Cush and Put, that handle the shield, and the Ludim, that handle and bend the bow.

Jer26:8  Mount ye the horses, prepare the chariots; go forth, ye warriors of the Ethiopians, and Libyans armed with shields; and mount, ye Lydians, bend the bow.

Mount the horses, O you horsemen; sing, O you riders in the chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Putians, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, who are skilled in handling and bending the bow.

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10  For YHWH GOD of hosts shall have on that day a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries; and the sword shall devour and be satiate, and shall be made drunk with their blood; for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

10  For this is the day of the Lord, the God of hosts, a day of vengeance, so that he may vindicate himself of his enemies. The sword will devour, and be satiated, and be inebriated with their blood. For there is a victim of the Lord, the God of hosts, in the land of the north, beside the river Euphrates.

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11  Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt; in vain dost thou use many medicines; there is no cure for thee.

Jer26:10  Go up to Galaad, and take balm for the virgin daughter of Egypt: in vain hast thou multiplied thy medicines; there is no help in thee.

11  Ascend to Gilead, and take its balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt! It is in vain that you multiply medicines; there will be no health for you!

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12  The nations have heard of thy shame, and the earth is full of thy cry; for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, they are fallen both of them together.

Jer26:11  The nations have heard thy voice, and the land has been filled with thy cry: for the warriors have fainted fighting one against another, and both are fallen together.

12  The nations have heard of your shame, and your wailing has filled the land; for soldier has stumbled against soldier, and they are fallen both together by the sword.

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13  The word that YHWH spoke to Jeremiah the prophet, how that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and smite the land of Egypt.

Jer26:12  THE WORDS WHICH THE LORD SPOKE by Jeremias, concerning the coming of the king of Babylon to smite the land of Egypt.

13  The word that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to smite the land of Egypt.

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14  Declare ye in Egypt, and announce in Migdol, and announce in Noph and in Tahpanhes; say ye: 'Stand forth, and prepare thee, for the sword hath devoured round about thee.'

Jer26:13  Proclaim it at Magdol, and declare it at Memphis: say ye, Stand up, and prepare; for the sword has devoured thy yew-tree.

14  “Announce it to Egypt, and make it heard in Migdol, and let it resonate in Memphis and in Tahpanhes. Say this: Stand and prepare yourself! For the sword will devour everything around you.

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15  Why is thy strong one overthrown? He stood not, because YHWH did thrust him down.

Jer26:14  Wherefore has Apis fled from thee? thy choice calf has not remained; for the Lord has utterly weakened him.

15  Why are your valiant men defeated? They fell down and rose up no more because the LORD has overthrown them.

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16  He made many to stumble; yea, they fell one upon another, and said: 'Arise, and let us return to our own people, and to the land of our birth, from the oppressing sword.'

Jer26:15  And thy multitude has fainted and fallen; and each one said to his neighbour, Let us arise, and return into our country to our people, from the Grecian sword.

16  He has multiplied those in ruin, and each man has fallen beside his neighbor. And they will say: ‘Rise up, and let us return to our own people and to the land of our nativity, away from the face of the sword of the dove.

17  They cried there: 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise; he hath let the appointed time pass by.'

Jer26:16  Call ye the name of Pharao Nechao king of Egypt, Saon esbeie moed.

17  Call the name of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt: ‘Time has brought tumult.’

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18  As I live, saith the King, whose name is YHWH of hosts, surely like Tabor among the mountains, and like Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.

Jer26:17  As I live, saith the Lord God, he shall come as Itabyrion among the mountains, and as Carmel that is on the sea.

18  As I live, says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts, just as Tabor is among the mountains, and just as Carmel is beside the sea, so will he come.

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19  O thou daughter that dwellest in Egypt, furnish thyself to go into captivity; for Noph shall become a desolation, and shall be laid waste, without inhabitant.

Jer26:18  O daughter of Egypt dwelling at home, prepare thee stuff for removing: for Memphis shall be utterly desolate, and shall be called Woe, because there are no inhabitants in it.

19  Equip yourself for the transmigration, O daughter who inhabitants Egypt. For Memphis will be in desolation, and it will be deserted and uninhabited.

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20  Egypt is a very fair heifer; but the gadfly out of the north is come, it is come.

20  Egypt is like a stately and finely-formed calf. The one who will goad her will come from the north.

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21  Also her mercenaries in the midst of her are like calves of the stall, for they also are turned back, they are fled away together, they did not stand; for the day of their calamity is come upon them, the time of their visitation.

21  Her hired hands also, who move within her midst, like fatted calves have been turned back, and they have fled at the same time, and they are not able to stand firm. For the day of their passing away has overwhelmed them; it is the time of their visitation.

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22  The sound thereof shall go like the serpent's; for they march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

Jer26:21  Their voice is as that of a hissing serpent, for they go upon the sand; they shall come upon Egypt with axes, as men that cut wood.

22  Her voice will sound out like brass. For they will rush forward with an army, and with axes they will come against her, like those who chop wood.

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23  They cut down her forest, saith YHWH, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.

Jer26:22  They shall cut down her forest, saith the Lord, for their number cannot at all be conjectured, for it exceeds the locust in multitude, and they are innumerable.

23  Cut down her forests, says the LORD, for they are limitless; they are more than the locusts, and are innumerable.

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24  The daughter of Egypt is put to shame; she is delivered into the hand of the people of the north.

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25  YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel, saith: Behold, I will punish Amon of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with her gods, and her kings; even Pharaoh, and them that trust in him;

Jer26:24  Behold, I will avenge Ammon her son upon Pharao, and upon them that trust in him.

25  The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: Behold, I will visit against the tumult of Alexandria, and against Pharaoh, and against Egypt, and against her gods, and against her kings, and against Pharaoh, and against those who trust in him.

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26  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 afterwards it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith YHWH.