Epistle of Jeremy - Septuagint
To follow and study arduously : Jeremiah chapters 50 & 51 should be carefully studied in connection with these two chapters, because many of the things predicted there await fulfilment in the coming evil days.
Jeremiah chapters 50—51 (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jeremiah50to51.htm
1. A copy of an epistle [letter], which Jeremy sent unto them who were to be led captives into Babylon by the king of the Babylonians, to certify them, as it was commanded him of God. 2. Because of the sins ye have committed before God, ye shall be led away captives into Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of the Babylonians. 3. So when ye become unto Babylon, ye shall remain there many years, and for a long season,, namely, seven generations: and after that I shall bring you away peaceably from thence. 4. Now shall you see in Babylon gods of silver, and of gold, and of wood, borne upon shoulders, which cause the nations to fear. 5. Beware therefore that ye in no wise be like to strangers, neither ye be afraid of them, when ye see the multitude before them, and behind them, worshipping them. 6. But say ye in your hearts, O Lord, we must worship thee. 7. For mine angel [Elohim] is with you, and I My-Self caring for your souls.
8. As for their tongue, it is polished by the workman, and they themselves are gilded and laid over with gold; yet are they but false, and cannot speak. 9. And taking gold, as it were for a virgin that loveth to go gay (the word gay was in the day when gay meant merry), they make crowns for the heads of their gods. 10. Sometimes also the priests convey from their gods gold and silver, and bestow it upon themselves. (As well as giving absolution for their sins, and being paid,) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/pureHeavenlytruth.htm 11. Yea, they will give thereof to the common harlots, and deck them (out) as men with garments, [being] gods of silver, and gods of gold, and wood. 12. Yet cannot these gods save themselves from rust and moths, though they be covered with purple raiment. 13. They wipe their faces because of the dust of the temple, when there is much upon them. 14. And he that cannot put to death one that offendeth him holdeth a sceptre, as though he were a judge of the country. 15. He hath also in his right hand a dagger and an axe: but cannot deliver himself from war and thieves. 16. Whereby they are known not to be gods: therefore fear them not.
17. For like as a vessel that a man useth is nothing worth when it is broken; even so it is with their gods: when they be set up in the temple, their eyes be full of dust through the feet of them that come in [to worship them]. 18. And as the doors are made sure on every side upon him that offendeth the king, as being committed to suffer death; even so the priests make fast their temples with doors, with locks, and with bars, lest their gods be spoiled [by] with robbers.
19. They light them[selves] candles, yea, more than for themselves, whereof [because] they cannot see [even] one. (Exodus 40:34 KJV) 20. They are as one of the beams of the temple, yet they say their hearts are gnawed upon by things creeping out of the earth; and when they eat them and their clothes, they feel it not. 21. Their faces are blacked through the smoke that cometh out of the temple. 22. Upon their bodies and heads sit bats, swallows and birds, and the cats also. 23. By this ye may know that they are no gods: therefore fear them not. 24. Notwithstanding the gold that is about them to make them beautiful, except they wipe off the rust, they will not shine: for neither when they were molten [melted] did they feel it.
25. The things wherein there is no breath are bough for a most high price. 26. They are borne upon shoulders, having no feet, whereby they declare unto men that they be nothing worth. 27. They also that serve them are ashamed: for if they fall to the ground at any time, they cannot rise up again of themselves: neither if one set them upright, can they move of themselves: neither, if they be bowed down [worshipped], can they make themselves straight: but they set gifts before them, as unto dead men.
28. As for the things that are sacrificed unto them, their priests sell and abuse; in like manner their wives lay-up part thereof in salt; but unto the poor and impotent they give nothing of it. 29. Menstruous women and women in child bed eat their sacrifices: by these things ye may know that they are no gods: fear the not. 30. For how can they be called gods? Because women set meat before the gods of silver, gold, and wood. 31. And the priests sit in their temples, having their clothes rent, and their heads and beards shaven, and nothing upon their heads. 32. They roar and cry before their gods, as men do at the feast when one is dead. 33. The priests also take off their garments, and clothe their wives and children. 34. Whether it be evil that one doeth unto them, or good, they are not able to recompense it: they can neither set up a king nor put him down. 35. In like manner, they can neither give riches nor money: though a man make a vow unto them, and keep it not, they will not require it. 36. They can save no man from death, neither deliver the weak from the mighty.
37. They cannot restore a blind man to his sight, nor help any man in his distress. 38.They can show no mercy to the widow, nor do good to the fatherless.
39. Their gods of wood, and which are overlaid with gold and silver, are like the stones that be hewn out of the mountain: they that worship them shall be confounded. 40. How should a man then think and say that they are gods, when even the Chaldeans themselves dishonour them? 41. Who if they shall see one dumb that cannot speak, they bring him, and intreat bel that he may speak, as though he were able to understand. [The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet: “Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.’ “For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away. “In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come, and they shall seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.’] Jeremiah 50:3 (KJV)
42. Yet they cannot understand this themselves, and leave them: for they have no knowledge. 43. The women also with cords about them, sitting in the ways, burn bran for perfume: but if any of them, drawn by some that passeth by, lie with him, she reproacheth her fellow, that she was not thought as worthy as herself, nor her cord broken. 44. Whatever is done among them is false: how may it then be thought or said that they are gods? 45. They are made of carpenters and goldsmiths [men or humans]: they can be nothing else than the workmen will have them to be. 46. And they themselves that made them can never continue long [mortal]; how should then the things that are made of them be gods?
47. For they left lies and reproaches to them that come after. 48. For when there cometh any war or plague upon them, the priests consult with themselves, where they may be hidden with them. 49. How then cannot men perceive that they be no gods, which can neither save themselves from war, nor plague? 50. For seeing they be but of wood, and overlaid with silver and gold, it shall be hereafter that they are false: 51. And it shall manifestly appear to all nations and kings that they are no gods, but the work of men’s hands, and that there is no work of God in them.
Genesis 2:7 (KJV) “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm
52. Who then may not know that they are no gods? 53. For neither can they set up a king in the land, nor give rain unto men. 54. Neither can they judge their own cause, nor redress a wrong, being unable: for they are as crows between heaven and earth.
55. Whereupon when fire falleth upon the house of gods of wood, or laid over with gold or silver, their priests will flee away, and escape: but they themselves shall be burnt asunder like beams. 56. Moreover they cannot withstand any king or enemies: how can it then be thought or said that they be gods? 57. Neither are those gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold, able to escape either from thieves or robbers. 58. Whose gold, and silver, and garments wherewith they are clothed, they that are strong do take, and go away withal [everything]: neither are they [the made gods] able to help themselves. 59. Therefore it is better to be a king that sheweth his power, or else a profitable vessel in an house, which the owner shall have use of, than such false gods: or to be a door in an house, to keep things safe as be therein, than such false gods. 60. For sun, moon, and stars, being bright, and sent to do their offices, are obedient. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witnessofthestars1.htm 61. In like manner the lightning when it breaketh forth is easy to be seen: and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every country. 62. And when God commandeth the clouds to go over the whole world, they do as they are bidden. 63. And the fire sent from above to consume hills and woods doeth as it is commanded: but these are like unto them neither in shew nor power.
64. Wherefore [why] it is neither to be supposed nor said that they are gods, seeing they are neither to judge causes, nor to do good unto men. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/wearetold.htm 65. Knowing therefore that they are no gods, fear them not.
66. For they can neither curse nor bless kings: 67. Neither can they shew signs in the heavens among the heathen, nor shine as the sun, nor give light as the moon. 68. The beasts are better than they: for they can get under a covert, and help themselves. 69. It is then by no means manifest unto us that they are gods: therefore fear them not. 70. For as a scarecrow in a garden of cucumbers keepeth nothing: so are their gods of wood, and laid over with silver and gold. are like to a white thorn in an orchard, 71. that every bird sitteth upon; as also in a dead body, that is cast into the dark. 72. And ye shall know them to be no gods by the bright purple that rotted upon them: and they themselves shall afterward be eaten, and shall be a reproach in the country. 73. Better therefore is the just man that hath no idols: for he shall be far from reproach.
They knew God but refused to glorify Him
Twice in history every man, woman, and child, on earth had an intimate knowledge of God: At the Creation http://www.godsplan.org.uk/riddleofthesphinx.htm , http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm and immediately after the global flood http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm. Yet, today great portions of the Earth are cloaked in spiritual darkness. Where once their forefathers knew God, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm they rejected Him and actually walked away from retaining His knowledge. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/knowledgeandwisdom.htm For their children, and their children’s children. No man has ever been forsaken of God. It is always man who forsakes God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Baruch.htm
Jeremiah 25:22 (KJV) all the kings of Tyre, all the kings of Sidon, and the kings of the coastlands which are across the sea;
Satan is the invisible ruler of both Babylon and Tyrus (Isa.14, Ezek. 28). Just prior to its final destruction, notice the description of the trade and wealth of modern Babylon.
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. . . . And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! Rev. 18:7, 11-18.
Isaiah 14 (KJV)
01 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. Juda and Ben http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm also Samaria http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm
02 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
03 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
04 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
05 The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
06 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
07 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
08 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
09 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
22 For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.
23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.
24 The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.
32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
Ezekiel 28 (KJV)
01 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
02 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
03 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
04 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
05 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
06 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
07 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
08 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
09 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground; I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
20 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it,
22 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.
23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the Lord.
24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord God.
25 Thus saith the Lord God; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.
26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the Lord their God.
This description must certainly include the great international business relations that fuel the economies of most nations today. Under Babylon’s aegis, (The Aegis, as stated in the Iliad, is the shield or buckler or breastplate of Athena and Zeus, famously bearing Medusa's head), the merchant bankers, along with exporters and importers, have prospered tremendously, much of this profit coming from third world nations whose economies require labourers to work for a pittance.
The redeemed will be Blessed.
Yea, O man/O woman whoever thou may be, thine biography is written. An underling’s hand has recorded every item, with every secret thing. There is not an ill thought, a mean act, a scene of wrong in all your history, a dirty transaction, a filthiness of speech, or a base feeling that ever found entertainment in your heart. But is there described in bold hand, by its true name, and set down to your account. To be the brought forth for final settlement:
IF NOT CLEAN BLOTTED OUT
THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST’S BLOOD
BEFORE THIS PRESENT LIFE OF YOURS IS ENDED
He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people
Because it is the greatest blessing found in all of Scripture. In this promise is found the culmination of the scarlet thread of redemption which runs from Genesis through to Revelation. This has been the great purpose or God’s Plan of the kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ since the rebellion; and fall of Adam http://www.godsplan.org.uk/ethhaadham.htm http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm Every tabernacle, every temple, every correspondence between God and man has been with this ultimate goal in mind:
THE RESTORATION OF FULL FELLOWSHIP BETWEEN GOD AND MAN.
Luke 3:38 (KJV) Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.