Jeremiah 46

1These messages came to Jeremiah the prophet. These messages are about different nations. 2This message is about the nation of Egypt. This message is about the army of Pharaoh Neco. Neco was the king of Egypt. His army was defeated at the town of Carchemish. Carchemish is on the Euphrates River. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated the army of Pharaoh Neco at Carchemish in the fourth year that Jehoiakim was king of Judah. Jehoiakim was the son of King Josiah. This is the Lord’s message to Egypt: 3“Get your large and small shields ready. March out for battle. 4Get the horses ready. Soldiers, get on your horses. Go to your places for battle. Put your helmets on. Sharpen your spears. Put your armor on. 5What do I see? That army is scared. The soldiers are running away. Their brave soldiers are defeated. They run away in a hurry. They don’t look back. There is danger all around.” The Lord said these things. 6“Fast men can’t run away. Strong soldiers can’t escape. They will all stumble and fall. This will happen in the north, by the Euphrates River. 7Who is coming like the Nile River? Who is coming like that strong, fast river? 8It is Egypt that comes like the rising Nile River. It is Egypt that comes like that strong, fast river. Egypt says, 'I will come and cover the earth. I will destroy the cities and the people in them.’ 9Horse soldiers, charge into battle. Chariot drivers, drive fast. March on, brave soldiers. Soldiers from Cush and Put, carry your shields. Soldiers from Lydia, use your bows. 10“But at that time, our Master, the Lord All-Powerful, will win. At that time, he will give the punishment that they deserve. The Lord’s enemies will get the punishment that they should have. The sword will kill until it is finished. The sword will kill until it satisfies its thirst for blood. This will happen because there is a sacrifice for our Master, the Lord All-Powerful. That sacrifice is ˻Egypt’s army˼ in the land of the north, by the Euphrates River. 11“Egypt, go to Gilead and get some medicine. You will make up many medicines, but they will not help. You will not be healed. 12The nations will hear you crying. Your cries will be heard all over the earth. One 'brave soldier’ will run into another 'brave soldier.’ And both 'brave soldiers’ will fall down together.” 13This is the message the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet. This message is about Nebuchadnezzar coming to attack Egypt. 14“Announce this message in Egypt. Tell it in the city of Migdol. Tell it in Memphis and Tahpanhes. 'Get ready for war. Why? Because people all around you are being killed with swords.’ 15Egypt, your strong soldiers will be killed. They won’t be able to stand because the Lord will push them down. 16Those soldiers will stumble again and again. They will fall over each other. They will say, 'Get up, let us go back to our own people. Let us go back to our homeland. Our enemy is defeating us. We must get away.’ 17In their homelands, those soldiers will say, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a lot of noise. His time of glory is over.’” 18This message is from the King. The King is the Lord All-Powerful. “I promise, as surely as I live, a powerful leader˼ will come. He will be great like Mount Tabor and Mount Carmel near the sea. 19People of Egypt, pack your things. Get ready for captivity. Why? Because Memphis will be a ruined, empty land. Those cities will be destroyed, and no person will live there. 20“Egypt is like a beautiful cow. But a horsefly is coming from the north to bother her. 21The hired soldiers in Egypt’s army are like fat calves. They will all turn and run away. They will not stand strong against the attack. Their time of destruction is coming. They will soon be punished. 22Egypt is like a snake hissing and trying to escape. The enemy comes closer and closer, and the Egyptian army is trying to slither away ˻(escape)˼. The enemy will attack Egypt with axes, like men cutting down trees.” 23The Lord says these things. “They will chop down Egypt’s forest ˻(army)˼. There are many trees ˻(soldiers)˼ in that forest ˻(army)˼ but they will all be cut down. There are more enemy soldiers than locusts. There are so many soldiers, that no person can count them. 24Egypt will be ashamed. The enemy from the north will defeat her. 25The Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: “Very soon I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes. And I will punish Pharaoh, Egypt, and her gods. I will punish the kings of Egypt. And I will punish the people that depend on Pharaoh. 26I will let all those people be defeated by their enemies—and those enemies want to kill them. I will give those people to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and his servants.” Long ago, Egypt lived in peace. And after all these times of trouble, Egypt will live in peace again.” The Lord said these things. 27“Jacob, my servant, don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared, Israel. I will save you from those faraway places. I will save your children from the countries where they are captives. Jacob will have peace and safety again. And no person will make him afraid.” 28The Lord says these things. “Jacob, my servant, don’t be afraid. I am with you. I sent you away to many different places. But I will not destroy you completely. But I will destroy all those nations. You must be punished for the bad things you did. So I won’t let you escape your punishment. I will discipline you, but I will be fair.”

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