Jeremiah Index

Jeremiah Chapter 51


  • Jeremiah 51:1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;

Notice that the Lord addresses those in Babylon that rise up against Him. To me this is saying that God is not sending destruction and judgment upon any in Babylon that are faithful to Him. When the Medes and Persians invaded Babylon the Jewish refugees were later allowed to return to their homeland. God remembered them and knew that the time of captivity to Babylon was only to be 70 years. After that 70 years they were to return home.

  • Jeremiah 51:2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
  • 3 Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host.
  • 4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets.
  • 5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.

God did not forsake them entirely even though they had sinned against Him. Do we not think that God has feelings? What must He feel when we once believed and walked with the Lord and then walk away and ignore Him when things are going good for us? How stupid we are when we forsake the fountain of living waters for empty wells that can hold no water. God is the only fountain that produces things that last for eternity. Woe are they that ignore those Old paths of righteousness. Yet in saying that, God's mercy is so great. He always prefers to save rather than destroy.

  • Jeremiah 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.

There may be a time that God may require us to flee from that which is going to be judged by God. Whether this is an actual place or whether it is some sort of sin, there may be times when the will of God is for us just to flee.

  • Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

To be drunken with this kind of wine is like being wrapped up in or consumed with the sin and wickedness of a certain nation or group of people. We may have to take a stand and choose to serve God rather than what is popular with the worldly influence of our day.

  • Jeremiah 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
  • 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.

It is God's will that every nation repent and be spared judgment. That is why God sends preachers to all parts of the world. It is God's will that all believe and be saved from the wrath to come. However, judgment will come eventually if there is no change and we continue in sin and ignore God's eternal remedy for sin.

  • Jeremiah 51:10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
  • 11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

God used the Medes to bring vengeance but later the Medes are judged and are destroyed by the Grecian Empire.

  • Jeremiah 51:12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.
  • 13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

Babylon was very rich and powerful. They were deep in covetousness and their time of judgment had come.

  • Jeremiah 51:14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.
  • 15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
  • 16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Why do we choose to ignore a God so powerful that at His word nations stand or fall? Who are we to question God or doubt His word. The fear of the Lord is needed in our land again. 

  • Joshua 4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

  • Psalms 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

  • Psalms 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

  • Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

  • Jeremiah 51:17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

When we worship an idol, false god or anything that comes between us and God is destroys our souls and robs us of eternal life. The only escape is to repent and turn to Jesus Christ for deliverance.

  • Jeremiah 51:18 They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

All idols will be destroyed. They are nothing and have no power to do good or evil.

  • Jeremiah 51:19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.
  • 20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
  • 21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
  • 22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
  • 23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.
  • 24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.
  • 25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
  • 26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.
  • 27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers.
  • 28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.
  • 29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
  • 30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
  • 31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
  • 32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
  • 33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
  • 34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.
  • 35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
  • 36 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
  • 37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
  • 38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps.
  • 39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD.
  • 40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he goats.
  • 41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!

When a mighty nation is brought down, the rest of the world goes into shock. We don't realize the power of God's judgment and our eyes are usually on great nations instead of God who controls them at His will. God is the one to fear, not evil nations.

  • Jeremiah 51:42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
  • 43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.
  • 44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall.
  • 45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.

Babylon had exalted itself against God. They worshipped idols and thought they would last forever. An example is the time Nebuchadnezzar set up an image and tried to force all to worship that image or be cast into the fire. This type of thing displeases God. It is one thing to worship an idol but it is quite another to force others to worship with the threat of death.

In reality Satan is the only one behind any religion that uses force to convert followers. True religion cannot be forced by the threat of physical death.

True religion is a change inside the inner man. It is a new birth. One has to accept it willingly. This cannot be done by putting a gun to someone's head and forcing them to accept Christ. It would not be any good. To be born again has to be done by God's Spirit and it is an act of God, it can't be forced upon anyone.

Some Christian religions may have tried to use force but if they did, they were not true Christians because a true Christian would know that the only way of salvation is to be born again and that takes an act of repentance on the part of the one receiving and an act of receiving Jesus Christ as savior. God then gives them the power of His Spirit to cause them to be born again. Man absolutely cannot force this upon anyone. It would be stupid to try.

  • Jeremiah 51:46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
  • 47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.

All nations that have any idolatry or any false religion apart from the religion that frees from sin and saves the soul will be brought to judgment. False religion cannot save the soul and deliver from sin. False religion or idolatry keeps a person in bondage and when they die, they are still in their sins and they lose their souls. There is only one way to be saved from sin and that is Jesus Christ. That is the whole reason Jesus came to us. To die for sins and pay the price for our sins.

He came to save us from sin so that we will not be lost and go to a burning hell. Jesus came to give us eternal life. If there was another way for mankind to be saved, then Jesus would not have had to suffer and die on the cross. He was the supreme sacrifice for sins. There is now no other way to be saved and have eternal life. Religion can't save, idols can't save, just being a good person and do good deeds can't save. Only faith in what Jesus did and accepting Him as savior from sin can save us.

  • Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

  • Jeremiah 51:48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the LORD.
  • 49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.

This brings to pass the saying that He that lives by the sword shall die by the sword.

  • Jeremiah 51:50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
  • 51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'S house.
  • 52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
  • 53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
  • 54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:
  • 55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:
  • 56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.
  • 57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

This may refer to the second death in which there is no return. Or it could refer to being so drunk that they are killed by the enemy and they never awake from their drunkenness.

  • Jeremiah 51:58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.

When the Lord turns against a nation, no labor or fighting back will do any good. Repentance and change is the only thing that can save once judgment is decreed.

  • Jeremiah 51:59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet prince.
  • 60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.
  • 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;
  • 62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
  • 63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:
  • 64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

Here we see that Jeremiah was one that obeyed God rather than pleased men. At first he warned Judah of the judgment of God, knowing that they would be angry and even desire to kill him for his testimony. Now when Babylon is in power, once again he jeopardizes his own life to prophecy of the judgment of Babylon. His message stays the same whether it is his own people or the Babylonians.

He is an example for all those who are preachers of the gospel. In fact all those who proclaim the word of God whether called to pastor or not should follow his example. That example is to obey God rather than try to gain the popularity of men and women. It doesn't matter what men say and it doesn't matter what they think. It does matter however, what God says and what God thinks.

Let us choose God's will and receive eternal rewards instead of choosing man's approval temporarily and losing out on that which is eternal. This life is temporary. The praise of men is temporary. Do one thing that makes them mad and they will follow someone else. Only what is done for Christ will last.

Jeremiah 52