Jeremiah 5:15-19


** Jeremiah 5:15-19English Standard Version (ESV)

Behold, I am bringing against you
a nation from afar, O house of Israel,
declares the Lord.
It is an enduring nation;
it is an ancient nation,
a nation whose language you do not know,
nor can you understand what they say.
Their quiver is like an open tomb;
they are all mighty warriors.
They shall eat up your harvest and your food;
they shall eat up your sons and your daughters;
they shall eat up your flocks and your herds;
they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees;
your fortified cities in which you trust
they shall beat down with the sword.”

18 “But even in those days, declares the Lord, I will not make a full end of you. 19 And when your people say, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us?’ you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.’**”

Im curious what nation God is referring to here? Im not sure if this is something that happened long ago, or something in future times…Iran maybe? But why would Israel ‘serve’ ANY nation on a land not their own?


Israel had taken on some pagan culture. They weren’t in sync w the law. They married pagans and were bringing idols in to their homes w their wives. God was unhappy. I think it was NImrod from Babylon came and won the battle over the Israelites. I don’t think they are out of sync w the Temple now. Living under Kartusha rockets would keep them going to Temple. If something happens, they should be victorious. Please God.

In Christ’s love


This was fulfilled in Jeremiah’s time in the conquest of Judah by the Babylonians. Babylon was the “new” major power, but it was an “ancient nation,” being the site of the Tower of Babel (Babel = Babylon) and Abraham’s old home town, Ur of the Chaldeans.

The Judeans went down before them and were exiled, serving them in lands not their own. And although after seventy years, they were allowed to return to Zion, the majority did not. Until the 1900s, the vast majority continued to serve others in other nations (the Diaspora).



And, bringing that passage into today’s times…when we do not pick up our cross and follow Jesus, the whole Body of Christ suffers.

(I am to put away my idols)


The nation is Babylon.

Babylon conquered the ten northern tribes of the nation of Israel and the two southern tribes of the nation of Judah. “O house of Israel” in the passage means the ten northern tribes of the nation of Israel.

It is an event long past, well documented in the Bible, other ancient literature and lots of archeology. It has nothing to do with Iran today.



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