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The Lord speaks to Jeremiah again, reassuring him that Babylon will suffer the consequences for what it does to Israel (verse 1). They will suffer the same destruction they cause (verse 3), and all will be destroyed (verse 4). Though Babylon will be used as a tool to deliver their consequences (verse 7), Babylon will also be punished for attacking Israel (verse 6). Babylon will fall suddenly (verse 8), and Israel will be restored when their consequences are finished (verse 9). He even tells Jeremiah that it will be the Medes (and the Persians) that conquer Babylon (verse 11). Babylon will make itself strong (verse 12), but will still suffer its own consequences for what it has done (verse 13).
The Lord reminds Jeremiah of the promises He has made to Israel, and reminds the people that He has not forgotten what He has promised even though they have not remembered their covenant. The Lord promises that He will not forget Israel, despite their iniquity against Him (verse 5). The Lord promises that His plan is to make His people a righteous people (verse 10). The Lord declares His covenants (verse 14), and reminds the people that it was He who made the Earth by His own power, wisdom, and understanding (verse 15). His designs were created by His spoken word (verse 16), and no one knows all that He knows (verse 17).
The false gods can do nothing (verse 18), and the idols offer the covenant people no blessings or inheritance (verse 19). They are made of the same tools that cut them down from trees and shaped them into being (verse 20), and of the same material as the weapons that will be used against them (verse 21). Just as those false gods can be shattered, so will the power of this people since they have not accessed the Lord’s power (verse 22). Their political power will be nothing since they did not want the Lord’s power (verse 23), and He will deliver to them the consequences they have chosen (verse 24). They have rejected Him, and so have put Him against them (verse 25) and will be destroyed (verse 26).
The Lord warns the people that the time for preparation is past (verse 27), and that the Medes will soon come upon them (verse 28). The people will tremble at the Lord’s words coming true (verse 29), even though Babylon has proven to be mighty (verse 30). The Medes (and Persians) will declare war on Babylon (verse 31), and make even their mighty warriors afraid (verse 32). The Lord says that judgment has come upon Babylon (verse 33), and the armies of Nebuchadnezzar will be destroyed the same way they conquered Israel (verse 34).
Israel will know that they were punished through Babylon, but also that Babylon will pay its consequences for what it has done to Israel (verse 35). They will see that the Lord has not forgotten them, and that He still advocates for them (verse 36). Everyone will be astonished to see the Lord’s promises come true (verse 37), even by the mighty warriors crying out like children (verse 38). The plans of Babylon’s celebrations will be cut short (verse 39), and they will be brought to service the purpose of the Lord despite their own pride (verse 40).
Everyone who has heard of Babylon will be shocked (verse 41). The ports of wealth will turn against them (verse 42), and their strong cities will become a wilderness (verse 43). The false gods will be proven as powerless (verse 44) so that the people may be delivered from that trap (verse 45).
The Lord always warns the people before sending destruction, so that they will understand what is happening and why (verse 46). He explains that Babylon will be conquered because judgment has fallen against them for what they have done to Israel (verse 47). Those with power to conquer them will do so (verse 48), and will cause the fall of Babylon just like they destroyed Israel (verse 49). The purpose, He says, is to stir the people up so they know the Lord governs them and to help them remember their covenants (verse 50). The people have been called to repentance, and can only be saved by their covenants already made (verse 51). This is why they must be called to repentance (verse 52), and why He is warning Babylon their destruction is coming (verse 53).
The people will cry out (verse 54) the way the Israelites have cried out (verse 55) because the consequences of their decisions have arrived (verse 56). Their armies will lose the battle (verse 57), and the cities of Babylon destroyed (verse 58).
This was the message the Lord gave to Jeremiah the year that he went with the king of Judah into Babylonian captivity (verse 59), and Jeremiah wrote it all down (verse 60). Jeremiah told the prince it was all written down (verse 61), so that the people would later know the answers to their questions about why such destruction would come (verse 62).
The Lord then tells Jeremiah that when he finishes writing all the things, he is to tie it to a rock and throw it in the river (verse 63), and let the people watch it sink in the same way Babylon is about to drown in its own sin (verse 64).