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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 46

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1This is the word of the LORD that came to the prophet Jeremiah against the nations.

Against Egypt. 2Concerning Egypt. Against the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates* by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah:

3Prepare shield and buckler! march to battle! 4Harness the horses, mount, charioteers Fall in with your helmets; polish your spears, put on your breastplates. 5What do I see? With broken ranks They fall back; their heroes are routed, They flee headlong without making a stand. Terror on every side, says the LORD! l Jer 6, 25; 49, 29 . 6The swift cannot flee, nor the hero escape: There in the north, on the Euphrates’ bank, they stumble and fall. 7Who is this that surges forward like the Nile, like rivers of billowing waters? 8Egypt surges like the Nile, like rivers of billowing waters. “I will surge forward,” he says, “and cover the earth, destroying the city and its people. m Ez 29, 3; 32, 2 . 9Forward, horses! drive madly, chariots! Set out, warriors, Cush and Put, bearing your shields, Men of Lud, stretching your bows!” 10But this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, vengeance on his foes! The sword devours, is sated, drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts holds a slaughter feast in the northland, on the Euphrates. n Dt 32, 42; Is 13, 9; Ez 39, 17–20 . 11Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter Egypt! No use to multiply remedies; for you there is no cure. o Jer 8, 22; 51, 8; Ez 30, 21f . 12The nations hear of your shame, your cries fill the earth. Warrior trips over warrior, both fall together. p Ez 32, 9–12 .

13 q Jer 43, 10f; 44, 30; Is 19, 1 . The message which the LORD gave to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the advance of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, to attack the land of Egypt:*

14Announce it in Egypt, publish it in Migdol, proclaim it in Memphis and Tahpanhes! Say: Take your stand, prepare yourselves, the sword has already devoured your neighbors. r Jer 44, 1 . 15Why has Apis* fled, your mighty one failed to stand? The LORD thrust him down; 16he stumbled repeatedly, and fell. They said one to another, “Up! let us return to our own people, To the land of our birth, away from the destroying sword.” s Lv 26, 37 . 17Call Pharaoh, king of Egypt, by the name “The noise that let its time go by.”* 18As I live, says the King whose name is LORD of hosts, Like Tabor among the mountains he shall come, like Carmel* above the sea. 19Pack your baggage for exile, capital city of daughter Egypt; Memphis shall become a desert, an empty ruin. 20Egypt is a pretty heifer, from the north a horsefly lights upon her. 21The mercenaries in her ranks are like fatted calves; They too turn and flee together, stand not their ground, When the day of their ruin comes upon them, the time of their punishment. 22She sounds like a retreating reptile! Yes, they come in force; like woodchoppers, they attack her with axes. 23They cut down her forest, says the LORD, impenetrable though it be; More numerous than locusts, they cannot be counted. 24Disgraced is daughter Egypt, handed over to the people of the north.

25The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, has said: See! I will punish Amon* of Thebes, and Egypt, her gods and her kings, Pharaoh, and those who trust in him. t Ez 30, 15f . 26I will hand them over to those who seek their lives, to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his ministers. But later on Egypt shall be inhabited again, as in times past, says the LORD. u Jer 44, 30; Ez 30, 4; 32, 11f .

27But you, my servant Jacob, fear not; be not dismayed, O Israel. Behold, I will deliver you from the faroff land, your descendants, from their land of exile. Jacob shall again find rest, shall be tranquil and undisturbed. v Jer 30, 10; 43, 5 . 28You, my servant Jacob, never fear, says the LORD, for I am with you; I will make an end of all the nations to which I have driven you, But of you I will not make an end: I will chastise you as you deserve, I will not let you go unpunished. w Jer 30, 11 .

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