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Jeremiah 50:16-18 Expanded Bible (EXB)

16 ·Don’t let the people from Babylon plant their crops [L Cut the sower off from Babylon]
    ·or gather [L seize the sickle wielder at the time of] the harvest.
·The soldiers treated their captives cruelly [L …before the sword of the oppressor].
    Now, let everyone ·go back home [L turn face toward his people].
Let everyone ·run [flee] to his own country [C after the fall of Babylon, the Persians allowed the exiled people to return to their own lands; Ezra 1].

17 “The people of Israel are like a flock of sheep that are scattered
    from being ·chased [driven] by lions.
The first lion to eat them up
    was the king of Assyria [C Sennacherib defeated the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 bc].
The last lion to ·crush [gnaw] their bones
    was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon [C defeated the southern kingdom of Judah in 586 bc].”

18 So this is what the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], the God of Israel, says:

“I will punish the king of Babylon and his country
    as I punished the king of Assyria [C defeated by Babylon at the end of the seventh century bc].

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